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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Portfolio Tunic


Is it a tunic or a dress? The pattern offers both lengths and I made something in between - what I could squeeze out of the fabric. I used a hem facing to get it close enough to knee length to qualify as a summer dress.


I loved this pattern for the unique pocket design which was a fun puzzle to put together. It reminds me of those optical illusions drawn by Escher, only these pockets work in physical reality and not just in the imagination.


I dithered over what size to make, knowing many sewists have found it to run loose. This is the style, I suppose. You could "fit" into a number of different sizes depending on the ease you want. The dolman sleeves allow for some wiggle room. I have a little more wiggle room than I want, having made one size smaller than what my measurements indicated. I'd go down one more size next time.


I used a fun linen. Unfortunately, it's somewhat thick, and with the large size of the dress, the whole thing feels very heavy. And the linen is scratchy - so with wide and scratchy I feel just like I'm wearing a gunnysack. Honestly, I haven't worn the dress yet.

However, I think I looks much better than a gunnysack! I will get some wear out of it, I know.


The neat pockets are almost lost in the design, unfortunately. I think the only drawback to the pattern is that all those seams are fairly bulky, especially in the linen.


Overall, I'm happy with my results. I'd like to make it again, possibly in thin wale corduroy. I think I always say I'd like to make another version of a pattern in corduroy - what a sublime textile.


Sources:
Portfolio Tunic/Dress: Lisette 2245
Linen: fabric.com

28 comments:

  1. This is such a pretty fabric. It might only need some shaping at the waist, if that's what you want to do? The style is lovely.

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    1. What waist? No, just kidding. I don't mind the 1960's shift shape, but was concerned it just looked too big overall. But I wore it today finally, and was happy with it.

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  2. I love the fabric, and the pockets are so clever! Maybe you'll wear it more in cooler weather with a long-sleeve underneath and leggings/tights? I think that would look cute!

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    1. I like that idea, especially since the linen is a little warm.

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  3. It's very pretty and fresh and cool looking to wear. I would definitely treat it like a dress.

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  4. It is really lovely! The colours are so pretty.
    I love this fabric, and am sorry to hear it is scratchy. I have made this tunic from jersey...I still have not worn it...I really need leggings to wear it with. It is s tricky style for me...too short for nothing underneath, but too long for jeans..perhaps I should try the trousers...

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    1. I think your knit version is so cute! But I agree the styling would be hard. I've gotten more brave with tunic/legging combinations, but I know I run the risk of trying to be more stylish than I am!

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  5. I think this looks really pretty and I love the pockets and neckline detail shapes.

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    1. Thanks, the details definitely sold me on the pattern (and at $1.99, why not?).

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  6. I love the fabric and how you put it together! I agree with you on the smaller size. I think the picture on the envelope is slightly fake... The dress is much looser. I would add darts ;)

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    1. I love the fabric too, although it was hard to decide if this was the right pattern to use it for. Hmmm, I wonder how darts in the back would work?

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  7. I love this pattern. I initially made the tunic in a lawn but it was too fluttery for the pockets. So I chopped it off in to the top version. I say I'm going to make another one.... Yours looks great! I could even see it over a pair of skinny jeans.

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    1. Too bad you had to lose the pockets on yours, but the end result was so pretty with that lovely fabric.

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  8. The pockets are quite nifty and I love the print. But boo on scratchy fabric. :( Hopefully it will soften in the wash.

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  9. Your tunic looks great, Joy! I agree that there isn't much shaping through the sides. That was why I went 2 sizes down with mine. I love the linen print...hopefully it softens up as time goes by.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I'll have to go down 2 sizes next time. This was a trial version - better loose than tight.

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  10. The fabric is very pretty. I agree that it would be very cool for in Summer and could be layered when it starts to cool down. I dislike when garments are misrepresented on pattern envelopes.

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    1. Thanks! And me too. That's why I like Burda. The line drawings are very accurate, at least.

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  11. Looks comfy and its cute as a dress. Nice and summery looking :O)

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  12. I like the look of the printed linen and those pockets are pretty neat! I'm curious what the dress looks like with a belt too. But I like the fact that you really could wear this both in the summer, like you are modeling, or in the winter like Uta suggested. Maybe if you through it in the wash with every load of laundry for a while, it will soften up. That is, if you have already pre-washed the fabric :-)

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    1. Thanks! The pockets are pretty fun. I did wear it today and the scratchiness was not SO bad. And yes, I always prewash! Disasters are always looming while I sew, so at least I can try to eliminate some by prewashing (:

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  13. The print is very appealing, and I think it is clever of you to chose Autumnal colours, to me this works as a loose Summer shift and would also work really well as an overlayer for tights/leggings - which I see everyone else has pointed out already! You need to take advantage of the pocket awesomeness.

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  14. It is very pretty - I like the print. I think it will work well with autumn / winter layers too. I agree about the pockets - they are great. I made it in denim and you have reminded me I need to mend my portfolio dress!

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  15. I think you look great and I live in mine!
    xxx N

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  16. I love this pattern- I love this version- such a great print for it, too!

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