Dress Up This Town Blog Tour: Timeless Tunic

Welcome back to my blog for the Dress Up This Town Tour hosted by Sewing With Ti.  I’m excited that Ti was kind enough to let me participate twice in this month long tour. If you didn’t catch my first post in the tour, you can find it here. Thank you to our WONDERFUL sponsors on tour. They have provided some awesome prizes. Keep reading to find out what the giveaway entails and how to enter.

*Disclaimer: Patterns for Pirates graciously supplied me with the Timeless Tunic Pattern, but all opinions are my own. Also this post contains affiliate links clearly marked with an asterisks. 

For today’s post, I really wanted to challenge myself. I feel super confident with sewing knits, but I must confess I’ve never sewn a woven garment for myself! I’m a big ‘fraidy cat when it comes to sewing outside my comfort zone especially with wovens. They seem less forgiving and use different techniques than I’m used to. Then, one of my favorite PDF pattern companies, Patterns for Pirates*, announced they were doing a “Summer of Wovens” and it inspired me. I’d been eyeing the Timeless Tunic for some time, and finally worked up the courage to at least attempt it, not once but twice!

First up, I made the dress version. As part of our wedding anniversary, we bought tickets to see Rascal Flatts in concert. I knew I wanted to make some sort of a dress, and in my mind, chambray fabric was screaming country concert to me. I picked up this fabric from JoAnn’s and made the pattern with no alterations. There were some new things for me like the darts and facing pieces, but the instructions were super clear and I had no problems! I was pretty pleased with my efforts but then disappointed to realize it didn’t quite fit me. The neckline was way too big for my frame and kept slipping on my narrow shoulders. I have the same problem with most ready to wear woven dresses, so I should have taken that into account when cutting my pattern pieces.

Too Big 🙁

After all my hard work, there was no way, I was going to let this dress go to waste. I wasn’t sure how to fix it, but I knew who I could count on for ideas….my fellow Pirates! I went to the Patterns for Pirates Support Group page on Facebook and posted my pictures asking for help. And sure enough, the Pirates came through for me. I had lots of comments with suggestions of ways to alter the dress. I decided to go with a pleated neckline to bring it in to the correct size.

Pleated neckline modification

I also decided to bring in the side seams a bit as the consensus was the dress was just overall too big on me. Finally, I raised the hem just a smidge. The result was near perfection! When the day of the concert came, I was ready to hit the town with confidence in my fabulous new dress! Speaking of fabulous, Rascal Flatts was excellent, and we had so much fun at the concert.

After making the dress, I wanted to try the pattern again with the correct alterations for my body. All I had to do was make the neckline more narrow and take a larger seam allowance on the shoulders. I also took a larger seam allowance on the side seams as well. My tunic turned out exactly as I wanted. I used a rayon fabric from JoAnn’s.  I wore it to a baby shower and received so many compliments from friends amazed that I made myself such a cute blouse. I would definitely recommend this pattern to anyone. Even if you’ve had little experience sewing with wovens like me, you can master this pattern! And with options for a shirt, tunic, or dress you can create several looks with one pattern.

I wouldn’t say I’ve completely conquered my fear of woven fabrics, but I am feeling more confident and adventurous, I can’t wait to see what other woven patterns Patterns for Pirates releases for their Summer of Wovens. I plan to continue challenging myself and try them!

Thanks for checking out my post in the Dress Up This Town tour. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance at some pretty cool prizes!

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I’ve posted the tour schedule so you can follow along with the other bloggers as well.

Week 1: July 1st-8th
1- Sewing By Ti (Intro) and Stitching At Night
2- Me Made
3- Tenille’s Thread
4- Sewing By Ti
5- Seams Sew Lo
6- Anne Mari Sews
7- Sea of Estrogen
8- Lulu and Celeste

Week 2: July 9th-15th
9- Living in Twinado Valley
10- Ma Moose
11- My Heart Will Sew On
12- Seams Sew Lo
13- Kate Will Knit
14- Creative Counselor
15- Sewing With Sarah

Week 3: July 16th-22nd
16- Stitching and Making
17- That’s Sew Lily
18- Sprouting Jube Jube
19- Auschick Sews
20- Anne Mari Sews
21- Lulu and Celeste
22- On Wednesdays We Sew

Week 4: July 23rd-31st
23- Stitching At Night
24- Sewing Curves
25- My Heart Will Sew On ***You are here. 😀
26- Indulging Mum
27- That’s Sew Lily
28- Adventures With Bubba and Bug
29- Capture, Craft Cook
30- Sewing By Ti
31- Sew Like a Sloth


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