I’ve used Tribute Month in two ways, I feel. One to inspire me to make relaxed and simple pieces, in plain fabrics to build on my wardrobe. I see so many sewists making well made, simple looking (but I’m sure lots of work goes in to them) garments. I wrote an inspiration post for the Sewcialists in anticipation for the challenge so I write about it in much more detail there. However, I’m essentially copying the styles of amazing Lauren of Guthrie and Ghani, Monika of Rocco Sienna and Maddie of Maddie Made This to make well made garments which stand the test of time.
The second is to see the amazing prints that people use and endeavour to continue to source out fantastic fabrics to use for unique clothing, like Elle at Sew Positivity and Gillian at Crafting a Rainbow.
Anyway, today’s make falls in to the simple but stylish category.
With this in mind I bought a plain pinkish linen from John Lewis in Leeds and wanted to make a relaxed fit blouse.
I rummaged through my pattern stash and came up with this simple Summer Tunic Top Sew Girl, I’ve never heard of them before. It turns out this pattern was free with Love Sewing Magazine, issue 3 about 3 years ago but I got it in the swap at Sew Up North.
In a very strange situation, there are no instructions in the envelope, only the pattern so I was winging it a little bit but I felt pretty sure I could manage it.
The first thing I did was shorten the tunic so it was more like a top. I cut the pieces and in my determination to make a high quality but simple piece, I paid attention to the details. I French seamed the whole thing and I used the facings, which is something I wouldn’t usually do but it was crucial to the neckline so instead I used bias binding on the facing to make it neat. I was quite pleased with the facings, I’m pretty inexperienced with them as I am so impatient so I was quite pleased. So here’s the insides to prove my genius!
The pattern requires you to make a little tab, which I had to redo three times as I couldn’t get it to turn out. I was quite pleased to have incooperated it in to the facings when I managed it though.
The sleeves are a raglan style, something which I have never done but was really easy and that was it. All that was left to do was to chose a pretty button. (don’t you love patterns which need one button? It makes a tiny indentation in the stash!) I went with a pink sparkly one and that was it.
I’m really pleased I was inspired to make this simple tunic and I’m hoping I can add more like this to the wardrobe. I thought maybe the style wouldn’t suit me but I’d definitely make it again! Sometimes simple is so much better. So thanks to my tributees! I love being part of the Sewcialists. Please feel free to check out my inspiration post for them or go to instagram for pictures and discussion!
I wore it with RTW Next jeans and my favourite brogues. Perfect for chilling on the roof terrace!