Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Suklaatwist

I have finished another tunic.  I like this one even better than the first.  I hope it survives the laundry, as I forgot to prewash the fabric.  This is how the pieces look.  The tunic is blue, the sleeve facing is magenta with polka dots.

  My helpers were not really sure about my choice of fabric.

When sewing the elastic to the skirt panels to gather, I found it easier to measure the length of the panel, divide by 4, then sew the panels one after the other marking the measurements when I started a new panel. I wish I had the forethought to cut a few more, because it was nice to have something to anchor the elastic. It's really slippery.

Rudolph went for a romp in the button bowl.  Santa played lifeguard.

This is the tunic ready to have a skirt panel sewn on.  Santa got tangled in the elastic.  Rudolph was no help at all.

This is a sleeve puff with the lining pinned inside.  Rudy is digging the whole cozy thing.

These are the sleeve puffs with the facing attached to the bottom end.

This is a closeup of the puff folded up, getting ready to be basted in preparation for being attached to the sleeve.  I put a daisy pin at each seam so you can see what is meant by "bringing underarm seam of sleeve facing toward the front of sleeve and placing it 4cm away from underarm seam of sleeve."

This is both puffs.  There are pins at each seam here also; I actually used a 5cm measurement.  Note that one seam is rotated right, the other is rotated left.  That's because they go on opposite arms.  If you have both arms coming out of one side of your body, you don't need to worry about this.

This is an aerial view of the puffs.  I think they look awesome from this angle.  Too bad it's not an available view when the tunic is being worn.

Finished shirt.  Love it.  Gets easier the second time around.


  1. Awesome tutorial! Love your little friends.

  2. Really helpful. Thanks for taking the time to take pics. Love Santa in the elastic.

  3. I love this!!! hilarious commentary...!! ;D If you have both arms coming out of one side of your body.....!! ;D LOL!!

  4. Thank you for the kind comments! I hope they inspire you all to sew, no matter where your arms are located :-)