Tunic Time

If my favorite garments were ranked by how much wear they receive, this one would get the Blue Ribbon, the Silver Cup AND the Gold Medal.Silk tunic dressNow I get to see if my most recent tunic dress will earn its place on my list of favorites. Silk Tunic Dress

Practicalities occasionally escape my aesthetic sensibilities, and I made the casual dress out of a silk charmeuse I bought at Mood Fabrics during my first, but hopefully not last trip to Mood Fabrics in December 2011.

Silk Tunic Dress

Butterick 5415

The easy structure, whimsical nature and versatility of many tunics continue to intrigue me. The trickiest part of sewing a tunic for me is the fitting. I want it

– fitted but not restrictive

– straight but shaped

– comfortable but not baggy

Does such a garment exist?

 

Ralph Lauren Silk Dress
I practiced my couture techniques by inserting a hand-picked zipper, underlining the dress and my new favorite – coating the thread with beeswax. But as I added darts and changed seam lines, I questioned whether I should be spending sewing time challenging myself with a more complicated pattern….

Ralph Lauren Silk Dress

While I don’t have an answer, I do have an easy dress I will throw one every chance I get. Lots of Love is going to face Lots of Competition to maintain her standing!

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Comments


  • Cheryl
    October 10, 2012

    THANK YOU for posting this! I have this pattern, and just received a wonderful knit to make it in. The style just drew me in as I love this sort of dress, but can never quite find it in rtw. Love your finished product! The dress looks fabulous! Do you generally have to make many fit alterations – and did you with this one?

    Happy sewing!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 10, 2012

      Many thanks for writing, Cheryl! I’m always on the lookout for the perfect tunic pattern!
      At 5’2″ I always make pattern adjustments and I did with this one. I’ll be posting a review on PR soon, but will let you know that the pattern ran large. I made a small and took out a couple of inches on the sides, adjusted the length of the bodice and added back darts.

  • Cidell
    October 10, 2012

    I think I may have this print too! I’m going to have to dig it out. I also pictured a turnic style dress. Love the colors and the couture techniques are totally worth it.

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 10, 2012

      Thank you, Cidell! I decided to let the fabric speak for itself on this one. Over the summer I took Susan Khalje’s Couture Dress online class which has made a huge difference in the finished products!

  • Barbara Stone
    October 10, 2012

    Love it!

  • Fran Giacobbe
    October 10, 2012

    I am always impressed with the patterns you select and the fabrics you choose to interpret them.Your fabrics take the Patterns…which are frequently simple in line…to a higher level. So this new dress of yours is now on my list.

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 10, 2012

      What a nice comment, Fran! Good fabrics make all the difference in sewing. So much RTW is based on simple cuts, good fabrics and special details… It’s those details I want to learn!
      I believe you’ll like the pattern but it does run very large.

  • Jillian
    October 10, 2012

    I love the fabric you chose. Looks great on you and fits amazing. I need to try that pattern.

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 10, 2012

      Thank you, Jillian! The pattern runs large but after taking in the sides and adding back darts I was pleased with the fit 🙂

  • Ginger
    October 10, 2012

    This is gorgeous! The print is a perfect match for the pattern! I love your list of specifications– I’m always looking for comfortable but fitted styles, too. It’s tough to find that balance!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 10, 2012

      Hi Ginger! I loved this print the moment I saw it and am pleased with the result. The eternal quest of striking a balance – one day!!!!!!!

  • Erica B
    October 10, 2012

    How cute is that tunic! Love it with the boots!

  • Amanda S.
    October 11, 2012

    Great dress! I love its simplicity. Sometimes you just need something easy to throw on and run out the door, right?

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 12, 2012

      My feelings exactly, Amanda! As a matter of fact I wish I had more quickies to throw on and go! Many thanks for writing.

  • Amy W
    October 12, 2012

    Very nice! I really like this dress. I bought the pattern yesterday because I was looking for an easy dress to make as I begin my venture into making dresses for myself.

  • Diana Deap
    October 22, 2012

    Pretty dress in a simple style. What’s not to like? You look great in this .