Friday, June 8, 2012

Dusty rose tunic {with instructions how to make it}

Here I am with my newest tunic.

This is a pattern I highly appreciate because this tunic can be made in literally 15 minutes {including a coffee break :) } and this is my third tunic, so I know what I am talking about (I made the first one in 2008 using the same pattern). I thought I would grow weary of it, but 'No, Sir', I love it. And you are going to love it too, since it comes with instructions.

What do you need: just a stretch fabric - jersey being the best, but one with high percentage of elasticity in it.

Here's the how-to:

Every step in the making of this tunic is made with the right side (the face ) of the fabric facing up.
Do step 1.

You don't want to mess up step 2. Here you fold the fabric again and cut just a tiny part (where shown on pic) because if you cut it too big there is no turning back - the opening will be too large and the fabric ruined. If when put on the opening is too small then you fold it again and try to make it slightly bigger.

Unfold it when done and here it is. It resembles a poncho, doesn't it? That's right. Now, all you have to do is hem it around (shown with the dashes). When done, fold again as it was previously.

Next, you have to top stitch it where shown. Mark the sides where you are going to sew the sides along the body. For this you can either measure yourself or simply take a t-shirt or a blouse that fits you really nice and copy the sides onto the fabric. Measure yourself from the armpit to the line just below your bust. That is how much space you should leave for the sleeves. From that lower line sew a straight line to the end. Do the same with the other side. {Please note that you must sew with the fabric facing up!}

Now maybe a question that should have been addressed at the beginning:the length of the fabric. Mine was long up to my wrists, simply because I like the wavy, batty shape the sleeves get. This depends on your preferences.

Ok. That's it. I really hope you like it. If you have any questions send me a mail {my e-mail can be found if you click on my profile} or you can do so in the comments section.

Since my jersey was plain / not patterned, I made some flounces, ruffles,straps and a rose and decorated it. Something I like very much on this.

I also made a ring out of the same jersey and am already in love with it!
Talk to you later!

P.S. The intro pictures aren't a mess up of my trying to capture the tunic . I was playing a bit with an editor and thought I'd give you an artistic opening. I just had to say this and clear it off my chest.


Papgena Made It said...

oh Maya! How clever! and beautiful!!
thank you so much for the tutorial!

Emer said...

Thanks for the tutorial I might try that, it looks very effective, and nice and easy. I liKe your flower decoration.

Little Treasures said...

Thank you ladies!
@ Emer: I am so giddy that you like it. If you decide to make it I'd love to see it!!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I wish I could make this. But I don't sew. I especially love the length. And the color. So pretty! have a great day. Tammy

Divya N said...

saw this the first thing this mornign and my power went off b4 I could leave a comment...Its lovely..even though I dont own a sewing machine currently..I feel like making tell me what length & width of fabric did you take? For this length is perfect..have you thought of making this as a dress..esp with the flounces..maybe in Navy..OMG I am dreaming now

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Wow!! perfect tunic, I would love a piece like this for travelling. I will see if I have something suitable in my stash and definitely try it out. Love the embellishments as well. Have a great weekend!

The SPANGLER said...

Love it! Will definitely be giving this a run! Found you via Tatertots & Jello Linky and very happy to have done so! Will be off now to have a poke around your blog! Stop by and say hi sometime - I love the company!
The SpaNGler
@the Quick Unpick

harmony and rosie said...

That is so clever, yours looks stunning on you, what a beautiful colour.
Happy weekend (in your lovely tunic!) x

Little Treasures said...

@Divya:I am so glad you like it!
I cut it a bit because it was too long and I was not aiming at a dress.
The width of this actual tunic is 49.2" or 1.25 cm and it is 37.4" or 95 cm long.
Sorry about the late reply!

Ira Huberts said...

Super super cool Maya! Really LOVE your tunic, love that flower arrangement, makes it look sooo romantic!!

Masustak eguzkitan said...
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Masustak eguzkitan said...

Gorgeous!!! The colour and the texture is so romantic, I love it!

Heather Kaluf said...

SO PRETTY! great tutorial :)

Michele Pacey said...

This is such a beautiful piece Maya, wow! It is so pretty on you. Also I'm in awe of your flower-making skills. That flower is perfect for the flowing tunic style!

Sachiko Aldous said...

Great tutorial Maya, and it looks great on you! Thank you for linking to my party!

Lauren - Hippie Dog Company said...

I LOVE this! Thanks! I am going to have to try this.

Jenni said...

That is so beautiful! Love how flowy and easy it is to make! I'm itching to try this idea. :)

Printingtextil Natasha said...

I love this tunic and flowers on it! Extra

Ana Lopes said...

Hi Maya,
You have a really fabulous blog! That tunic with roses are so awesome! Thanks for this great tutorial.
Have a look at my blog I’ll be glad.

Hugs from Portugal

Ana Love Craft

Aljan said...

I would definitely call myself a sewing moron but I was able to make one of these for my daughter this morning! It is super SUPER cute and was so easy! Thanks for your excellent tutorial!

Sarah Olon said...

What is the yardage of fabric you used for this top? I love it! I'm new to sewing clothing, so this is a good place for me to start! Thanks!

Karen Haywood said...

Absolutely love this! You have inspired me! Thank you so much for sharing :)

Katr said...

Love the tunic. Will make it for my daughter who's an Anthropologie, Free People lover. How did you make the rose embellishment?

Little Treasures said...

I made a twisted rosette. Cut wide strips of jersey in different lengths, gathered them at the center and sewed the rosette on top of it.