After my recent round of deadlines I sat down to make something, anything at all. I have been wanting more tunic style tops and so I went about finding the pattern and the fabric. Before I would have found the closest thing, cut out the size I _thought_ fit me best, sewed it all up, and then lamented about the ill-fittingness of the design. This time, I practiced some patience. I found an appropriate pattern did flat measurements, pre-treated all my fabric and then cut and sewed. I also wrote down a bunch of notes so that I can develop my sense for sizing. What do you think? Did my patience pay off?
Pattern: A hybrid of Mc Call's 8108 and Butterick 4976. I used Butterick for the sleeves only.
Fabric: Jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics. I used up some of the leftovers from Burda WOF #130. My favorite thing about this fabric is how well it takes to being dried and not folded for more than a month (yes, that's how long it takes me to fold my laundry, how do I say this, I am not a laundry girl)
Mods: A lot. Most importantly I did a flat pattern measurement this time. I allowed for one inch of ease in the chest. The front is pretty much a 12 on top gradually changing to a 16 on the bottom. The back I made almost a size 8 (not sure of the size as I just make the back 2 inches narrower). This seemed really odd to me but I noticed that circumference wise my chest is not split evenly between the back and the front. My back is significantly narrower. I think, these mods worked really well. The bagginess in the back that I used to have is no longer there.
Techniques: I used a video tip from Taunton on how to apply a neckline binding for knits and I think it turned out really well. They recommend that you cut out 1.5 inch strips. I tried that the first go around and it was too narrow for my tastes so what I have on this tunic is about 1.75 inches. I also added side pockets. I also did not set-in my sleeves and instead used a flat method.