A White Pintuck Tunic

Mood Fabric's cotton shirting making a statement in a Butterick 6208 tunic

I just love a white blouse and feel like it is a basic item needed for any closet but one was not found in my closet.  Time to take care of that situation and make a white blouse.  I wanted a twist on a wardrobe basic, a blouse with some visual interest.    First, I needed to find the right fabric for my blouse and went with Mood Fabrics’ White Pinpoint Cotton Shirting.  The description states a good staple fabric with a bit of crispness.

 

Mood Fabric's cotton shirting making a statement in a Butterick 6208 tunic

 

Now let’s talk pattern, I went with Butterick 6208,  a loose fitting pullover tunic.   I went with this one as I loved the pintucks and the neckline.  One of the fabric recommendations is chambray and this fabric resembles the feel and weight of chambray.   The tunic runs long, I shortened it by 3 inches and stitched in a small side slit about 2 inches.  I was surprised on the length, I am tall and very rarely do I need to shorten anything.  On a tunic, it really is personal preference on a comfortable length.  I did cut the tunic per the pattern piece and adjusted the length after I had tried it on several times.

This pattern had a very unique feature.  The front is not cut out all the way as you have a basic piece which has the pintuck markings.  After sewing the pintucks, Butterick has an upper front piece to use to cut the upper front.  To mark the pintucks, I used my ruler and measured the pintuck markings on the pattern piece.  It was easy to measure the distance from center frontand then the measurement of the distance between pintucks.  I used my Frixion pen and ruler to draw these on the fabric adding a straight line across the front for the pintuck stop point.  My pintucks were very straight and even.

Mood Fabric's cotton shirting making a statement in a Butterick 6208 tunic.  The top has front pintucks and botton loops.

The back of this tunic has nice gathers at the yoke and  waist.  Also included at the waist gathers is  long carrier in the back for the self-tie belt or a narrow belt of your choice.  This is a great feature in my opinion, after all how often does your belt slip down?

Mood Fabric's cotton shirting making a statement in a Butterick 6208 tunic with back gathers

 

Let’s talk sleeves on this pattern, I had the great idea to use the sleeves and cuffs  from my Archer blouse on this tunic.  Wouldn’t cuffs be great?  Especially in the winter, you could button those cuffs, keeping the sleeves in place with sweaters and coats.  I placed the sleeve pattern on top of the Butterick sleeve pattern and cut out the longer sleevve.  It all sounds good right?  Only one problem, I put the Archer sleeve on opposite of what it should have been!  My placket was in the front of my sleeve, right on top of my arm. Remember that fabric I cut off from the length?  Well,  I had just enough fabric from that  to fix my mistake and I added fabric cuffs to my tunic.  Talk about relieved, I knew this blouse was going to be a favorite and I wanted to find a solution.

This fabric save was just enough to give me the length I needed for my sleeves and it looks like a design feature, right?  One thing about this pattern, the neckline is low, so I will always wear it with a camisole., which I find is really necessary with most white blouses.   Back to the neckline, it is beautifully drafted and has a nice placket behind the buttons for modesty.  I really liked everything about this pattern and my cotton shirting was the perfect fabric, a nice mix of a bit of body and drape.   If you want a different white fabric, I have this Mood Fabrics’ cotton shirting and is is a bit more transparent but a great hand.  Mood Fabrics’ has several great white  shirting options  and chambray would be another fabulous option.  You can make this pattern or your favorite shirt in many different options at Mood.

Mood Fabric's cotton shirting making a statement in a Butterick 6208 tunic

 

I did include the sleeve tab on this blouse, so I can roll up the sleeves.  A feature which I think is a must on tunic styles

Mood Fabric's cotton shirting making a statement in a Butterick 6208 tunic

 

As the temperatures fall, this might be the way the tunic will be worn – layered with a sweater

Mood Fabric's cotton shirting making a statement in a Butterick 6208 tunic

 

One thing I learned about sewing with a fabric that is considered a wardrobe staple, you can use the staple fabric and really make a statement.  That is how I feel about this white cotton shirting tunic, it is a good basic for my wardrobe yet really takes a basic to the next level.   So don’t forget those wardrobe basics, they really can be fun!

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Comments


  • Meg
    December 2, 2015

    Such a pretty blouse! Love those pintucks!

    • Lori
      December 7, 2015

      Thank you, Meg, aren’t the pintucks so fabulous? I love how Butterick has you construct the front.

  • Erica Bunker
    December 2, 2015

    I LOVE this! This pattern is on my list as well. So happy to see you make this. It looks great!

    • Lori
      December 7, 2015

      Thanks, Erica, you will love this pattern.

  • Melody
    December 2, 2015

    Fantastic blouse, very crisp and clean! Love the pintuck detailing and the back belt carrier is so cleaver.

    • Lori
      December 7, 2015

      i thought the same thing about the belt carrier, Melody, thanks so much.

  • Amanda S.
    December 2, 2015

    Wow! Super cute Lori! I totally missed this pattern but am adding it to my want list.

    • Lori
      December 7, 2015

      Thanks, Amanda, it is a good pattern and you will be happy to add it to your collection.

  • Peter
    December 2, 2015

    What a beautiful blouse! I know how much work is involved to make pintucks and yours look fantastic. Great job!

    • Lori
      December 7, 2015

      thank you, Sarah, the construction method used really makes a nice pintuck.

    • Lori
      December 7, 2015

      Sorry, Peter, looked down for the name instead of up. Thanks for the compliments on this blouse, I really appreciate it.

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 2, 2015

    Lori – This turned out beautifully! Such a classic that you’ll wear all the time 🙂

    • Lori
      December 7, 2015

      Sarah, you are right this one will be around for a long time. Thanks so much.

  • Yvette Chilcott
    December 3, 2015

    Your blouse is beautiful, and I enjoyed reading about your sewing procedure. Nice article!

    • Lori
      December 7, 2015

      Thank you Yvette, the sewing community is a great place to learn new things.

  • Embee
    December 3, 2015

    Love this pattern with the different sleeve. I would have passed the pattern over based on the little ruffles, BUT the tucks and neckline are really good. I’m inspired!

    • Lori
      December 7, 2015

      Thank, Embee, I love pintucks, they really are such a nice visual interest.

  • Fiona
    December 5, 2015

    What a lovely garment to have in your wardrobe! I’m sure you’ll get loads of wear out of it. Those pin tucks are so crisp!

    • Lori
      December 7, 2015

      Thank, FIona, this might be my go-to top.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    December 7, 2015

    Love and adore this Lori – it’s just classic and beautiful.

    • Lori
      December 7, 2015

      Thanks, Lizzy.

  • The Sewing Man
    December 11, 2015

    Hi Lori,
    just discovered your blog with big pleasure…your blouse is wonderfully done. It reminds me the indie pattern “Carme blouse” from Pauline Alice…perhaps your already know or may be…another project ! Bye, David

    • Lori
      December 13, 2015

      Thanks, David, I have made that blouse, it is a beautiful one. You can find it on my own blog – girlsinthegarden.net

      Thanks