Sunday, April 19, 2009

THE TALE OF A TUNIC

I could have given this post several headings such as
A Love - Hate Relationship...
I Coulda,Woulda, Shoulda...
I Can't Believe I Did That!...
What Had Happen Was...
I'm So Over You...
I could probably go on and on but this tunic will not be a pleasure to wear and here's why.
The fabric is linen...I love linen but I hate wearing it,Unless it is constructed in such a way to avoid the awful wrinkling. I gave my lovely tunic a nice crisp press and it looked wonderful...
until I wore it for a little whileActually only a few minutes and it began to look like I slept in it. Well, being in such a hurry to sew it I didn't think through the things I should have done to make it more wearable. I should have used a light knit interfacing on the whole tunic. I also could have done a FBA to make it fit a little better across my boobs. Yeah, always need to do that, how did I not this time. One solace to this whole thing is I didn't actually pick out this fabric and purchase it, it came from an order I placed from FabricMart.com , sometimes they run a special, with a purchase of a certain amount they'll give you a mystery bundle of fabric at no cost. This was in that mystery bundle from a purchase. When I saw it I knew right away what I wanted to make with it..but so much for that.

OK, so I have moved on to this jacket,(short version w/cuffs) I wanted to make pants also but don't have quite enough fabric left, so I'll make a skirt instead. Thankfully it's turning out quite well so far...Thank Goodness! Whew! I don't know what I would do with another wadder so close to the last one. I'll take pictures of the completed outfit soon.

Meanwhile, I did sew with some friends today, just a quick thing we decided to do. A mother and daughter that are learning to sew together. I think that is so great and wanted to help the daughter get her dress done and hopefully wear at least once before it gets too warm, here's her completed dress, the so popular Butterick 5247 I'm so proud of her accomplishment.

17 comments:

Aminat said...

I love the tunic, everybody knows the hassles with linen, but the style is still very beautiful, I guess you can still wear it around the house or to some other places. Can' wait to seeing other projects you are working on. The model in that butterick pattern is so stunning, the style fits her so well. Have a lovely week

gwensews said...

Your tunic is very nice. I would definitely make that again, in a fabric that doesn't wrinkle so badly. Keep up the good work.

Elaray said...

Linen is such a dream to sew - it presses easily and stays where you put it. But it's a nightmare to wear - after 10 minutes it looks like it's never know an iron. I still like it, though. I think people expect linen to took wrinkly so they don't talk about you too badly!!!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

You did a great job on the tunic!
Too bad about the fabric.
The young girl must be proud of her dress, she did a great job.

Rachel said...

That is so great that mother and daughter are learning to sew. I love the dress.

gold said...

The tunic looks nice. I have some linen in my fabric stash and that why I haven't made anything with it beacause I know how it would look after I wear it. Can't wait to see other sewing project you do.

Omega said...

Thanks, I'm not giving up on linen. I will try it again sometime but take the extra steps to make it a little more wearable. I also think this top is worth another try, I really like it.

Susan said...

Ya for new sewers. Her Butterick version came out wonderful! Sorry to hear about the tunic debacle.

Shawnta said...

I'm glad her dress turned out! I'm sure she is proud! Did mom finish the skirt? I love linen too but I only by the linen-like stuff lol

Faye Lewis said...

I love the tunic too. Sorry the fabric wrinkles. I have that problem sometimes too.

McVal said...

I've given you an award at my blog.
http://sewnotmyday.blogspot.com/2009/04/attitude-of-graditude-award.html

Christy said...

the tunic is adorable!

Linda said...

I like your tunic. I got some free fabric from Fabric Mart also and made a skirt. Boy does it wrinkle. Obviously it was a linen fabric, I did line it, but at the end of the day, it was so wrinkled I looked like I had slept in it. As someone said about a photo I took of it, those wrinkles are "status wrinkles" so those who love linen will know and be envious!!!!!!

I really love the look of your fabric and maybe it is something that will grow on you. Not sure if using a spray starch to press it before wearing would help or if you are like me, that is too much work to wear it.

alethia said...

The tunic looks great and the fabric is very nice. As far as the result of your project, I feel your pain

~ Kimberlee B ~ said...

Very pretty tunic and that is so sweet of you to share your blessings with others!

Sew-Ann said...

That's wonderful you are helping them learn, too bad I'm not nearby or maybe I could barge in for a session. Love the color combo for the dress and that jacket I'm feeling too.

ClaireOKC said...

Thank you for posting on my blog - I love your linen top...and linen does wrinkle, but I think of it as rich wrinkles, which means that if it doesn't wrinkle it's not really real linen!

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