Polka Dot Voile!

Greetings from the nation’s number one wedding destination spot, Charleston, SC!

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Hubs and I are in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant, just across the bridge from Charleston. We’re staying in an inn above one of our favorite restaurants and attending a wedding in a historic home on the Ashley River.

So is there anything better to wear while strolling amidst the gentle breezes and tree lined streets of this charming city than a white cotton voile tunic?

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The tunic was a work in progress beginning with my own pattern and this delightful polka dot cotton voile from Mood Fabrics. After cutting the bodice I knew it needed to be lined or worn with a camisole. I chose to underline the bodice with a white poly-cotton voile from Mood found here.

The poly-cotton voile lining is light, sheer, wrinkle resistant, and provided much needed body to the giant polka dot fabric. Experimenting with the collar led me to try a light-weight linen from the stash, which provided a subtle contrast to the polka dot voile.

Originally I planned to use the polka-dot voile for the sleeves, until I noticed a scrap of the lining lying next to the bodice. It was a much appreciated aha moment and the rest fell into place!

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I anchored the sleeves with linen cuffs and repeated the linen in the lower bands to provide continuity. Since I prefer my tunics slightly fitted, I added an invisible zipper in the side seam,

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but the original back darts were omitted as they interfered with the fabric design, leaving the back slightly loose.

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It seems a lesson appears in nearly every sewing project, and this one was all about the importance of contrasts. I’ve always thought of contrast in terms of color – black/white or blue/red etc…. rather than texture, but no more! It’s time to wake up from the obvious and notice the beauty of subtleness at every juncture :)

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Until soon.

 

PS….. the polka dot voile is also available in turquoise!

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Comments


  • Lauren
    April 26, 2015

    So much to love about this! My favorite part is the sheer sleeves in contrast to the textured bodice. Just lovely, Sarah!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 26, 2015

      Thank you, Lauren! I almost made the top sleeveless as I thought the polka dot sleeves were overwhelming, but the aha moment was definitely enlightening :)

  • Angela
    April 26, 2015

    Great insights while making this! I agree, the contrast is striking, turning this from an ordinary tunic to a work of art. All dots might have seemed a bit much, this is a great way to use this fabric.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 26, 2015

      Many thanks, Angela. The best part of the sheer sleeves is that the polyester keeps the fabric from becoming excessively wrinkled as lightweight fabric has a tendency to do :)

  • Debbie
    April 26, 2015

    This is a stunning top. I love how the sheer sleeves contrast with the more opaque collar and cuffs. And the pretty dots on the front. Really beautifully thought out and timeless.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 26, 2015

      Thank you so much, Debbie! It truly was a work in progress. I cut only the bodice before proceeding, and each aspect of the top developed slowly. Definitely a good thing this time ;)

  • Amanda S.
    April 26, 2015

    I agree with everyone else, this tunic is very special. The fit is spot on. It looks cool and comfortable for summer. Can I have it when you tire of it??? ;)

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 26, 2015

      Thank you so much, Amanda! I’d love to send it your way one day :)

  • Manju
    April 26, 2015

    Looks perfect Sarah. Very stylish and perfect with the coloured trousers.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 26, 2015

      Thank you, Manju! I never planned to wear it with the orange jeans but I guess it works. I’d like to try it with pale pink.

  • suzanne marquart
    April 26, 2015

    Smashing.

  • carolyn roemer
    April 26, 2015

    I love texture contrasts. The tunic looks great on you and would on anyone. Think I’ll try it in black or blue. Thanks for the idea.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 26, 2015

      Thanks so much, Carolyn! Black would be stunning for sure :)

  • Cynthia
    April 26, 2015

    Gorgeous! Love the sheer sleeves. I will be visiting Charleston next month. Any recommendations for great fabric stores there?

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 27, 2015

      Thank you, Cynthia! I can give you some great restaurant recommendations, but I’ve never shopped for apparel fabric in Charleston. Besides, my go to fabric store is Mood!
      Have a great trip and enjoy the fantastic lowcountry cuisine and scenery :)

  • Carol S
    April 26, 2015

    Gorgeous and perfect. I love those sleeves.

  • Erica B.
    April 26, 2015

    That’s a beautiful tunic! Great pick on that fabric!

  • Lori
    April 27, 2015

    So very pretty, Sarah. I like the sheer sleeves and cuff, gorgeous.

  • Grace
    April 27, 2015

    Simply Gorgeous!!! I’ve been reading all of your blog posts about tunics as this style is next on my list. I’m about to make the simplicity pattern and I’m on the prowl for some soft and lovely cotton lawn.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 28, 2015

      Thank you, Grace and good luck with your tunic! I’m sure you will find just what youre looking for at Mood :)

  • Ardy Wolynec
    April 27, 2015

    Just beautiful. Your contrasts work perfectly!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 28, 2015

      Many thanks, Ardy. I was pleased when the contrasts eventually fell into place. :)

  • Amy
    April 28, 2015

    I love the combo you put together! It turned out to be quite a lovely tunic! The contrast in the neckline, hemline, and sleeves perfectly complements the polkadots. And, I’m so happy to hear that you were able to draft your own tunic pattern! Bravo!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 28, 2015

      Thanks so much, Amy! The tunic pattern is ever evolving ;)

  • Peter
    April 28, 2015

    A lovely tunic, Sarah. I think I need to get my hands on some of that polka dot voile!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 30, 2015

      Thank you, Peter! Can’t wait for you to work your magic on the voile :)

  • Fiona
    April 29, 2015

    You’ve made some excellent design choices here Sarah! I love the body of the collar and the plain sheer sleeves next to the polka dots. Gorgeous!

  • Ginger
    April 29, 2015

    Really, really beautiful! In my opinion, textural contrasts make garments look really special (and expensive)!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 30, 2015

      Thank you, Ginger! I need to think in terms of texture more often ;)

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 30, 2015

    Thank you, Ginger! I need to think in terms of texture more often ;)

  • Cennetta
    April 30, 2015

    Designer, Sarah. Kudos to you on your beautifully designed tunic. Love it; it have a cosmopolitan look that can be worn everywhere. Perfect.

  • Md Razaul Karim
    May 14, 2015

    Looking lovely ! The dress is really awesome and after the dress i feel cool.