Save the Silk!

Shame, Shame, Shame!

The only thing that saved my latest from being a wadder is the beautiful crepe de chine from Mood Fabrics.

It’s all I can do to smile.


 It’s time for my perfect tunic pattern search to go on a break. I outsmarted myself by combining pattern pieces from my favorite tunic patterns, including Butterick 4856 Simplicity 4149 and Simplicity 1461.


I liked the bodice of Butterick 4856, the two-piece back of  Simplicity 1461 and the placket of Simplicity 4149. After coordinating the measurements from the different patterns I assumed all was safe but I met near disaster at almost every juncture 🙁


Saving the silk was the only reason to keep going.

The navy trim is an ivory silk twill ordered from Mood over 18 months ago. I died it with Navy Rit Dye.

I won’t dwell on what went wrong since it was everything, but I managed to struggle though the issues until I completed a tunic.


I share my near disastrous project with readers because when I started sewing again, I vowed to always complete my projects. I’m glad I did as a reminder not to do this again. Also, the top turned out better than I expected and I will wear it.

Searching for the perfect tunic in fit and design has led me to the conclusion that I need to learn  to design patterns, and I have just ordered a new Craftsy Course, Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper with Suzy Furrer. I look forward to sharing what I learn with you.

More soon 🙂



  • Sallie
    October 24, 2014

    Well I’m so glad you worked so hard to save the silk because the tunic looks great! I love the navy trim with this pretty crepe de chine print. And I think you look just as lovely as ever in your tunic! Can’t wait to hear what you learn on your pattern making journeys!

  • Liz
    October 24, 2014

    You’ll like the sloper course. It’s intense, but Suzy does a great job of walking you through step-by-step. It feels so empowering to know you can create your own patterns.

  • Lynn Mally
    October 24, 2014

    You’re an inspiration–both because you finished and because you created your perfect pattern! (And also because you saved that beautiful silk.)

  • Deborah Penner
    October 24, 2014

    I cannot seem to connect to the new blog. Did you change the name?

  • Fiona
    October 25, 2014

    It was definitely worth saving your silk! Well done for carrying on with a project which must have been so frustrating! It looks wonderful on you though and I love the addition of the navy with that print, it really brings out the colours

  • Peter
    October 28, 2014

    I don’t know what challenges you faced on this tunic top, but it looks lovely. Classic style and great choice colors. All our disasters should look this good!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    October 29, 2014

    Sometimes half the battle with a new makes that didn’t turn out quite the way we thought, is more about our disappointment and the gap between our vision and the end product. I bet you will take a step back from this make at some point and see it without all those issues and just see it as a wearable top. Made of beautiful silk.