Did I ever tell you about the time my mom bought the Sew Liberated Schoolhouse Tunic Pattern? And how my sisters, my mom and I each made a version (or two) for ourselves? We love tunics. We’re a tunic family. Whitney? She’s no different. And this little Sadie Tunic…that bicycle fabric…those little spoke buttons? To. die. for.
The facts, straight up:
Pattern: Shwin and Shwin Sadie Tunic
Fabric: Lucy’s Crab Shack by Moda in green and solid coordinate
Notions: Fabric button cover maker (mine’s a Dritz one)
Make it again?: Um.. possibly with the little pockets, maybe…
“I’m clearly a sucker for a tunic. This one nearly did me in though. I figured I would have a quick little project on my hands since I was omitting the buttons on one side and the pockets entirely. Nope.
First, I sewed on both facings not realizing the button placket should have been sandwiched between one. Then I realized I should have serged the facing edges so they didn’t fray. Then I attempted to fix that problem by pinking the edges and managed to cut through the front of the tunic… By the time I got it all put together, attempted to mask the slice in the fabric, and started working on the buttonholes, I thought I was going to throw in the towel.
The buttons took forever because I wanted those little wheels centered just so. Never mind actually making the buttonholes – that was an exercise in patience because my automatic buttonhole maker sometimes doesn’t like to make the second long leg of the buttonhole as long as the first. Grrr.
Do you ever have one of those days? It was no fault of the pattern, which was easy to follow if you read the directions. I was just not on top of my game this time. I do think that serves as the motivation to sew it one more time – just to prove I can get it right.”