New Look 6731 Misses Knit Top/Tunic
I should've stopped while I was ahead and seriously need to move on from tunics and try something else.... ummm like focus on my jacket.
I must admit the garment was really a quick one, all the seams were serged and there are 15 PR reviews for this pattern and no one had any problems. With that said, the problems were more me than the pattern, and having used the fabric stretch lengthwise caused the boa constrictor feel at the top of the tunic. Will I use this pattern again.... ummm Nerp! Well.. maybe for my daughter...hehe
Last nite, I decided I would do another tunic and thought this fabric would be perfect. I purchased the fabric at Sav-a-thon some time ago, which had bundles of jersey knits 3 yds for $4.99. Also, I thought working with a border print would help me get over the fear. Ummmm... can I say no fear, but a total PIT Arse.
To begin with, in order to use the solid gray for the top of the tunic I would be working against the crosswise stretch, in that the stretch would be lengthwise. That was a hint that I should've stopped. Secondly, the back was suppose to be cut on the fold, but unable to do so because of the layout of the fabric and had to cut along the selvage and seam up the center back, ending up with an off kilter print alignment, which isn't too bad. Thirdly, the neckband was in 2 pieces and called for interfacing ...........urggh. Wherein, Simplicity 2766's neckband is one piece and no interfacing. After interfacing the front & back bands and sewing the 2nd front & back bands, I began losing my patience b/c it looked awful after I pinned it. Although I was mindful to cut the bands along the crosswise stretch, the neckband look weird. So I used black bias tape for the neckline. I tried the tunic on and admit that by not using the neckband, there was some boobage going on, but figured ah! I will wear one of my body shapers that has lace edging at the top. Also, despite the stretch being lengthwise, it fit ok.
Finally I moved onto the sleeves and was so excited that I was able to for the most part get the print to line up with the print of the dress. I tell you, I was totally loving how the print started midway down the sleeves. The sleeves set-in perfectly, no problems. Now I am super excited - its time to try it on again before gathering the sleeves.
Put the dress and WT*&*... the tunic is tight as hell along the shoulders and across the bust line - despite having such a large opening......sheesh. Of course, I continued to pull the dress down onto my shoulders and bust and standing before the mirror realizing that its not going to work for me. Darn near had a panic attack trying to get if off... and of course, no one was home to help me get out of it...lol. With a lot of shimmy and shaking I was able to extract myself out of it and was totally surpise the tunic didn't rip at the seams.
Oh well - I will tweak it for my daughter, I'm not sure how she feels about the print starting midway down the sleeves, but I could make the sleeves short... Oh hum....
( no more sewing for me today...slurking off with my head hung in despair)