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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


Pattern Review  


October 4

Cloning Couture

Generation Q Magazine


October 5


Featherstitch Avenue


October 6

Allie J          

Thanks I Made Them


October 7

Sew Busy Lizzy  

Jennuine Design


October 8

Inside The Hem  

Girls in the Garden


October 9

Sew Manju      

My Love Affair with Sewing


October 10

Evolution of a Sewing Goddess

Creating in the Gap


October 11

House of Pinheiro

The Tunic Bible   







120 thoughts on “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!

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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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