Winner: The Tunic Bible

Thank you for all the lovely comments. These tunics were. Fun to create and I have a few more planned. The winner of the book is Andrea Birkin. Andrea, please contact me at  mf953@aol.com  before Saturday 10/15. I need your mailing address as the book will be sent directly from the publisher to you.


couture sewing

The Tunic Goes Couture

The Tunic Bible has been published!


Welcome to day 2 of the blog tour. I met Sarah online through her Ready-To-Wear Fast project. I’m thrilled to present my interpretations of the tunic. At the completion of the blog tour, each of the sites will host a book give-away. In order to be entered please leave a comment before midnight October 9 and you will be entered in the drawing. The winner will be announced at the end of the tour.

The first version used a mid-weight linen and was lined/underlined with lightweight cotton/silk voile. My construction order differs slightly from the one in the book. I completed the front facing first; then stitched darts in each layer; finally joined the face fabric and lining to be handled as a single layer.


I also added extensions at the sides to provide support for the heavy trim. Hems were mitered and all seams bound with bias binding made from the lining fabric. The excess beads were removed from the ends before turning the edges under. The edges looked a little unfinished, so I cut an additional piece of trim, folded it to form a narrow edge, and stitch in place.



The next version was constructed from a saree I had worn to a wedding. I couldn’t see myself wearing it again but the fabric was a beautifully embroidered silk with an interesting decorative border.


I arranged the border as the placket and used a narrow band of trim around the placket and collar. The lining/underling was handled the same way with darts sewn first and then the two layers of fabric handled as a single layer. The seams were bound with bias strips of the lining. Loads of hand sewing, but this is the world of couture!


Here’s the schedule for the tour: Enjoy!

The Tunic Bible Blog Tour Schedule



October 3

C&T                    www.ctpub.com/blog

Pattern Review            www.patternreview.com/blog


October 4

Cloning Couture        www.cloningcouture.com

Generation Q Magazine    www.generationqmagazine.com


October 5

Oonaballoona            www.oonaballoona.com

Featherstitch Avenue    www.featherstitchavenue.com


October 6

Allie J                    www.alliemjackson.com

Thanks I Made Them    www.thanksimadethem.blogspot.com


October 7

Sew Busy Lizzy            www.sewbusylizzy.com

Jennuine Design        www.jennuinedesign.com


October 8

Inside The Hem            www.insidethehem.com

Girls in the Garden        www.girlsinthegarden.net


October 9

Sew Manju                www.sewmanju.wordpress.com

My Love Affair with Sewing    www.myloveaffairwithsewing.com


October 10

Evolution of a Sewing Goddess    www.evolutionofasewinggoddess.blogspot.com

Creating in the Gap        www.creatinginthegap.ca


October 11

House of Pinheiro        www.houseofpinheiro.com

The Tunic Bible             www.thetunicbible.com