I’ve never been able to adopt the ‘keep it simple‘ philosophy, but I do believe in the ‘one step at a time‘ approach to life. In sewing that means sticking to the familiar while learning the new.
While I try to grasp the details of machine embroidery I’m sewing with patterns and fabrics that leave no surprises. Mood Fabrics offers a fabulous collection of cotton shirtings, and what better backdrop for cherry red than a black and white check! I knew this smooth shirting fabric with a soft drape would be perfect for a tunic and kept my fingers crossed that it would be compatible for embroidery. As with most Mood fabrics, it exceeded my expectations!
My pattern is from The Tunic Bible . I selected a simple inside-facing placket so the embroidery could be the star. Finished with a simple bias strip neckband, the placket can be worn closed or open (below).
The lines of the large checks served as ideal reference points for design placement, leading me to use a vertical black line to mark the center of the tunic (marked with a basting thread below).
It was a great relief to finish the design completely centered 🙂 After the embroidery was completed I was ready to sew the bodice.
I added back darts for a more fitted silhouette.
I was undecided about embroidering the lower edge and/or sleeves, and concluded the cuffs should be embroidered. I selected split cuffs for a little pizzazz, and stitching the design on fabric before cutting the cuff made for easy placement.
My only regret is not cutting the cuffs on the bias to echo the neck – like I said….. keep it simple does not sink in with me.
So what’s my takeaway, here? Nothing happens without a good foundation 😉 Thank you, Mood for this wonderful shirting!
PS…. Check in with Goodbye Valentino tomorrow for the embroidery details.