3/29/09

New Look 6731... In a Blink... So Over Tunics

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.

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.

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

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)

23 comments:

Tanya said...

I was going to tell you to ride the tunic tide until it was over because you were definitely on a roll, well I guess you wiped out lol. I love the top, it's tragic that it doesn't fit, been there done that, maybe your daughter can wear it and you have to admit you had a really good run.

Virtuous said...

Luv that tunic!! Just classy gurl! :)

Any crocheting or knitting on the horizon soon?? ;op

Adrienne said...

I love the fabric!

LauraM said...

The pattern would probably work if the stretch of the fabric was across the bust instead of length-wise. I have the pattern, since it is for knits it has the ease set for a knit. But the stretch of the knit was gone by taking it the other direction --- make sense?? This would be why no one else had problems with the fit.

Faye Lewis said...

You can certainly hold your head back up high. You are such a great seamstress! I think that sometime we all run into fabric that looked suitable but in the end turned out not to be. I know the feeling, but I know you will bounce back quickly!

Sheila said...

Thank You.

@ Tanya: I was definitely on a roll...lol My daughter has since tried it on and she was happy to have it. I just need to tweak it at the shoulder and side seams.

@Adrienne: The fabric is so soft and agree the print is awesome.

@ Virtuous: I hope to get my hook or needles pumping soon once I take a looksy though the mags and decide on something. Thanks for asking.

@ LauraM: Thanks for commenting. I knew I was playing russian roulette once I laid the fabric and started working against the crosswise stretch, but was hopeful when I tried it on prior to setting in the sleeves. In checking the reviews I was just surprised no one had issues with the neckband, but as I'd mentioned, the problems were more me than the pattern.

@ Ms. Faye: You are my Shero...lol. Actually, I decided I would make a few more, since I have 10 yds of knit fabric in increments of 2 yards each and what better way to use up that fabric, but will go back to S2766.

stillpatrice said...

Love that print!

Cas... said...

Too bad the tunic didn't fit you unfortunately.

But its super cute. I love the border.

At least your daughter can wear it. I'm sure she will wear it with pride.

I couldn't help but laugh at your story of trying to get it on and off. Funny stuff!

Keep up the good work!

peacockchic said...

Oh no!!! Cause I was loving that tunic!!! Well if it fit before the sleeves can you just cut them off and bias bind the edges?? I would just hate to see such a cute top go to the bin, but I totally understand how fed up it must have made you.

Andrea said...

That tunic is really pretty. Oh well, another for DD!!

Knitaholictoo said...

AWWwhh! The print is slammin' tho'. Well thank goodness it wasn't a 90 degree day with all that shimmy sham going on!

Opal said...

Even though you had so much trouble with this one it still looks good. I love the fabric...

gold said...

That is to cute!Darn I hate that you can't wear it, but thats good your dd can. :)

Cennetta said...

I understand the need to move on to other types of garment sewing, but you are doing a fantastic job on your tunic. They are outstanding. I particularly like the way you play up the print of the fabric.

Susan said...

Too cute not to fit. Seams like a lot of that is going around these days....with me at least. I'm still on a tunic kick myself.

Angelia said...

It looks good... but I totally had the same experience with a dress I made today...trying to get it on... nope!... I fixed it.. and I'll blog about it... but I was pissed!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful where did you get the fabric and from who's collection

Mary Sarah said...

I think the top looks great and I love the sleeves too. I'm sorry it didn't fit in the end. I'm glad you got out of it! LOL! I'm sure your daughter will love it!

cici said...

great job on the tunic. I love the fabric♥

Tanya said...

Gaiam is having another warehouse sale, do you want me to get you a Firm dvd, they're only $1.00 so I'd be happy to pick one up for you and drop it in the mail.

buttahflychronicles said...

See I don't think it looks bad at all, I'd wear it. But, it's all these details you've discussed that keep me away from the sewing machine. I want to sew, but without obstacles, lol.

Tany said...

It's DIVINE!!!

paco peralta said...

Hi Sheila .- thanks for showing all this work. the tunics are divine and your jacket NEW LOOK looks fantastic. I look forward to the outcome.

greetings and see you soon, Paco