17.8.12

Linen Tunic






Did I mention that I have been obsessing over Japanese sewing books? Simple lines, and lots of positive ease creates such lovely and incredibly wearable silhouettes. This little linen tunic makes me so happy! I definitely see this as a multi season piece, perfect for helping me build and edit my current wardrobe into a minimalist and classic collection of flattering pieces that can effortlessly be mixed together.  A pair of patterned sweater tights from last winter, a chunky knit cowl and my leather boots from last Christmas will pair well with it in a few months, just as well as the jeans, brass bracelet from Uganda and cotton camisole I can wear with it now as the heat dies down just a bit. It is my fourth sewing project, and by far my favorite. I used some pretty glass buttons I salvaged from an accidentally felted cashmere sweater at the thrift store. The pattern is from Simple Modern Sewing, the first Japanese craft book I picked up and mentioned a few posts ago. The sizes are a little off for me, but I understand that the style of these pieces are supposed to be flowy, and flattering on everyone. Taking that in mind, I used the XS size and ignored adding the 1/4 inch seam allowance. The fit in the end was perfect, and being able to hem it to hit my hips at exactly the point I preferred was so relieving! Thats why I am freakishly tall in the last photo, I had to stand on a little stool to show you the perfect length hem! Too bad I taught Julian to climb on it at the same time.

I learned a couple, ok a lot, of new techniques on this project, including shirring, cutting and applying bias binding. and making button loops. It was just challenging enough to keep me interested but not so challenging that it was discouraging. I might even make a few more, maybe one in a light weight wool or cotton gauze, if I can find one that is affordable. Nani Iro has me swooning. 


See! Its hard to take this thing off. Ive worn it so often in the last week or so. P.s. When I showed my husband this photo he looked quizzically at it. When I asked him what the problem was he told me this,

"I was standing at the bus stop today and looked around and there was a pack of young women wearing funny glasses and buns on their heads, just like you do. I thought maybe they were all friends but then they walked off in different directions." 


What have you been working on lately? 
Thanks for reading, 
-K 

15 comments:

  1. I'm glad you used both pictures. You are my craft guru.

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  2. You are just adorable... I love that insight of X too. Its a beautiful tunic, and again I feel your sentiments of de-cluttering, simplifying my wardrobe to flattering, natural, well-made, enduring pieces completely. Again, well done, it looks beautiful on you xx

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    1. thank you dear, always such and encouragement.

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  3. Oh that top is darling! Sometimes I wish I could sew more skillfully so I could create lovely things such as this. :)

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    1. you can! I am hardly a novice! you should try!

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  4. "multi season piece, perfect for helping me build and edit my current wardrobe into a minimalist and classic collection of flattering pieces that can effortlessly be mixed together"

    I love that statement, haha. :)

    That tunic is great. I actually follow this other woman as well, and she recently posted about sewing her own tunic from thrifted XXL shirts. It's pretty awesome. I bought my first tunic last fall and love it, I'd love to have more. I hope I get to see this lovely piece while you're home in the fall!!

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    1. I am a serious tunic fan, maybe because I am petite and I think that it is such a flattering look on girls my size. Lets try the diy thing together!

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  5. Oh my goodness it's so cute! It looks great on you, too! I love that last picture

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  6. Ah, I love it! It looks awesome on you and sounds super comfy.

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    1. It is super comfortable! I seriously have been wearing it almost every other day.

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  7. You are adorable and so is that top! I really love the button detail at the collar. Tunics are so livable -- I only own three but wear them more often than I probably should.

    I really need to get more into sewing my own clothing, but sadly I just don't have the time right now! Maybe as winter draws closer and I spend more time inside...

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    1. I totally agree with the whole "winter when I have more time inside" thing. Winter is when I get most of my knitting done, and Im sure this winter will be full of sewing as well.

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  8. I'm so happy to see more of you in your posts. I have always wanted to simplify my closet but have yet to actually do it. I just always see loud, colorful, crazy pieces and cant resist them. I guess I will have to grow up a little more before I can achieve it.

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