The Tunic Goes Couture

The Tunic Bible has been published!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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118 Comments

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118 responses to “The Tunic Goes Couture

  1. Oh my goodness!! These are so beautiful. Love, love, love the embroidered trim on the black one, & it’s an ingenious reuse of a beautiful sari fabric. So many ideas!

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  2. sewncreations

    Your tunics are beautiful. Shows a great deal of attention to detail and what that can do for a garment.

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  3. jain1023

    Your work is pure couture!!! Very lovely tunic.
    I wish to win 😉

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  4. Athina

    Beautiful job!!! I wish I win a copy and try to sew something pretty 🙂

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  5. Tasha Patterson

    Both versions are beautiful but I am in love with your first version. As a new sewer, I’m completely sold on this book. Thanks so much for chance for to win a book.

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  6. Nina

    I want to sew like you!!!

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  7. Susanne Scott

    Both versions are lovely but I am partial to the sari – I love the way you respectfully adapted a traditional garment to your lifestyle.

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  8. Jill Miller

    So pretty! I love the trim. I would love to win a copy of the book. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  9. Love all the different tunics. What a great book.

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  10. Beautiful tunics. Hard to pick a favorite.

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  11. seweverythingblog

    That’s what I want to do with my rarely worn sarees! Beautiful tunic!

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  12. I love both your interpretations too, showing how much variety that can be achieved with a tunic shape. The basic design, I assume, is a torso block, but by including a slash neck and stand collar you have made an item that is, to my eye, undeniably Indian. Which works perfectly with the sari fabric. Super work, as ever. Thank you for your review.

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