Greetings from the nation’s number one wedding destination spot, Charleston, SC!
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?
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!
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,
but the original back darts were omitted as they interfered with the fabric design, leaving the back slightly loose.
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 🙂
PS….. the polka dot voile is also available in turquoise!