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Sew a Stunning Black and White Color Block Caftan

Sew a Stunning Black and White Color Block Caftan

Caftans are a classic garment that fits like a maxi dress but also features large comfortable sleeves that make it perfectly flattering for any size figure. This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge 

Embroidered Tulle Capelet and Dress

Embroidered Tulle Capelet and Dress

This easy sewing project will make you the talk of the town! Perfect for an evening occasion, this embroidered tulle capelet and dress are both easy to make and fun to wear. This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a 

Eyelet Tunic Dress with Ruffle Statement Sleeves

Eyelet Tunic Dress with Ruffle Statement Sleeves

Eyelet is perfect for summer. This simple eyelet tunic dress is a summer staple for your vacation wardrobe!

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Eyelet Tunic Dress

Eyelet is a classic summer fabric. It’s always 100 percent cotton, and so comfortable to wear in the warmer months. This eyelet dress is the second thing I have made from The Tunic Bible (written by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr) and I know there will be more in my future! Simple patterns like this women’s tunic dress are great for rather busy fabrics as the eyelet print can be overwhelming in a busy style. This tunic also requires only basic sewing skills which makes it a fun project for anyone! I love my complete eyelet tunic dress so much more than any of the ready to wear tunics I’ve seen in stores lately.

 

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Even if you have never made a DIY tunic dress before, it’s a very simple sewing project. The “bib” or neck facing is the first piece of fabric to be stitched on. The only difference is that it’s on the right side of the dress instead of on the wrong side like most facings. This makes for an interesting sew since you have to sew it with the right side of the facing, to the wrong side of the front, then flip it to the outside and topstitch in place. It’s not that hard, I promise.

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I found this lovely eyelet trim at the store, and it was a great match to the eyelet. I decided to make the sleeves fuller to really show off the delicate trim.

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Sarah Gunn of Goodbye Valentino looks amazing in white, this photo was my inspiration for this tunic style. So simple but striking!

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The sewing pattern in The Tunic Bible comes with a short sleeve ruffle option. Here I added a bit more fullness to the sleeve and then stitched the eyelet trim on the bottom. The entire dress is lined with cotton batiste, all but the sleeves, which will breathe well on those really hot summer days.

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I wore my dress on the beach while on vacation, I loved it!

I wore my eyelet tunic tops on my recent trip to Key West, FL. It was just perfect for the climate there! I love that this tunic pattern can be transformed into a piece that is either boho or glamorous. It even made a great beach cover up! Who else is sewing for vacation? What are you making?

 

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The Tunic Bible: Embroider Your Tunic Dress

The Tunic Bible: Embroider Your Tunic Dress

The Tunic Bible recently went to #1 on Amazon, here’s how you can embroider your own tunic dress! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! Embroidered Tunic Dress 

Classic Wool Pleated Skirt: 7 Secrets to Sewing it Right

Classic Wool Pleated Skirt: 7 Secrets to Sewing it Right

Classic Wool Pleated Skirt: 7 Secrets to Sewing it Right   A classic wool pleated skirt like this one is not hard to sew. Here are my 7 secrets to sewing it right for a professional look! This post contains affiliate links. By making a 

Make a Stylish Little Black Dress with Simplicity

Make a Stylish Little Black Dress with Simplicity

Make a Stylish Little Black Dress with Simplicity

 

Every woman needs a LBD (little black dress) in her closet. My latest dress make is this Simplicity pattern that is perfect for a night out on the town!

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Every girl needs a LBD in their closet. Some of us even have several (Me!) to chose from for different occasions. Since it seems that I am always scrambling at the last minute to find something appropriate to wear, I have decided to make a bunch of dresses to have on hand. Black is always my go-to color. It’s elegant, dressy and I feel comfortable in it. Perhaps a bit too comfortable at times. Some of my comfort comes from being a plus size gal, I’m a ready to wear size 20. The dark black color is more flattering to my round figure, as are matte fabrics. I tend to avoid anything shiny because it emphasizes my bumps and rolls. In this Simplicity design, I used contrasting satin for the trim to dress things up and still keep it as flattering as possible.

This Simplicity pattern is not an easy sew. It has a lot of bad reviews on the sewing pattern review site, Pattern Review. However, I decided to try it because I really like the style and I am not intimidated by bad reviews. It’s always my mission to discover the problem with the pattern and let you know how to fix it!

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Simplicity #8534 Pattern Review

1. The biggest problem with this pattern is the facings. There are TONS of them, even for the sleeve cuff! I dislike facings as I feel they never stay in place and are not used much in ready to wear. Facings are confusing for most sewers, especially beginners. Instead of the facings I used homemade bias binding in contrasting black satin. Bias binding is easy to make, if you add a bit of starch to the satin as you go along it becomes crisp and easy to sew. Problem solved!

2. Fitted styles like this one require lots of fitting! (That seems self-explanatory.) Since this dress is very fitted, I recommend you make a muslin first before cutting it out of your fashion fabric. My fabric came from the thrift store and was a bargain at only $.60 so I wasn’t worried about messing it up. I made my pattern adjustments, cut and fitted the dress on the form first. I then made more adjustments, and basted it together for a second and third fitting. This design is not typically suited to someone with a thick waist but I love it anyway and I think it turned out quite well despite all of the fitting work.

3. Many of the negative comments on Pattern Review had to do with the front jabot or ruffle. This piece is actually circular and cascades down the front in ruffles when it’s hung from the waist. My soft satin fabric worked well for this, but I can see if you had a more rigid material it might not sit the way you like. My advice is to cut it and play with it a bit, but don’t stress about this unique design feature. It’s not a perfect rigid type of thing, it will move and cascade as you wear the dress which is the beauty of this style.

4. The overlapping bodice can be tricky to fit. The bodice has bias edge that will stretch over the bust. I had to take mine in twice in this area. A stay stitch will help to control the bias, but you will need to take it in if it stretches too much.

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5. Shoulder seams in this dress are very different, with yet more facings. I simplified the shoulders by removing the facings and using only bias binding to finish. This made the process so much easier and less confusing to overlap the seams! The satin binding adds a design detail to the matte fabric. I prefer a lower neckline as it is more flattering to my figure than a high neck like the original pattern design, so I angled the shoulder seam a bit at the top of the neck for a vintage look and dropped the front neck a few inches.

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The back is easier to sew than the front of the dress. I keep forgetting to do an adjustment for a sway back, but this one came out better than my last attempt and I am happy with it.  Be sure to baste your zipper in place before you stitch, or use a bit of fusible seam tape to secure it before stitching. Long zippers are hard to work with so just do the best you can.

I wasn’t sure I would like the open back of this dress, but I think its nice. It’s not too low or revealing for someone like me (#sewover50) and I don’t own anything else with an open back. Unfortunately, the back neck has more facings to deal with, this time I left them in place. You really do need the facing here to support the button and buttonhole. I found a lovely rhinestone button to finish off the back of the dress with some simple bling!

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