For now, let's talk about Butterick 5219! It's a fast and easy pattern according to the envelope, and I'll vouch for that. Though I wouldn't recommend sewing the yoke the way it suggests if you want to keep it fast and easy. I also a made a couple of other modifications to keep it simple. I don't like wasting time on details that will be lost in a print. Therefore, I didn't add a separate hem band or sleeve band, but I did add the length that they would have provided. I used my coverstitch machine to hem them.
So, what motivated me to make this tunic? Well... now that I have a shop on Etsy, I have been spending some time there and am amazed by so many of the talented artisans. Recently, I found and purchased a gorgeous agate earring and necklace set made by Andi of Wee Hippies. The colors in it reminded me of a rayon knit fabric that I had purchased last fall/winter, and sure enough it was a perfect match. The next decision was what pattern to use? I definitely needed an open neckline to showcase the necklace. I spent more time contemplating what pattern to use, than actually sewing it up. Once I settled on Butterick 5219, I cut out view D in a size 10. It fits pretty well straight out of the envelope. And here it is all sewn up and modeled with the necklace set.
This is how I finished the neckband. I sewed the front neckband to the back neckband on the fashion fabric and the lining. My lining is the same as my fashion fabric. Then I laid the two right sides together and stitched the neckline. I trimmed my seam allowance, then understitched on the lining side. Next, I folded the neckband wrong sides together and basted the raw edges together to keep the neckband all one piece. Finally, I attached the neckband to the tunic. By doing it this way, I didn't have a facing to stitch down. The neckline is all finished in this last step. One more note on the knit fabric; it is very light-weight and nearly sheer, which makes it nice for summer. I originally thought I might only want to wear this print in the fall/winter months. But I think it works with the white, slim-fitting, RTW, stretch cords I've had for ages. I may also make a pair of dark brown linen culottes from a vintage designer Vogue pattern which should work with it as well. Don't you just love how one idea leads to another? Now if only there was enough time...
|Mahalo to Andi for my beautiful new necklace and earrings. I will enjoy wearing them!|