Here is my new “Easy Open-Front Tunic” that I made following Karen’s instructions from the last post. It was easy! I used this colorful silk that she used to demonstrate how to cut the front and neck opening, so some of my work was done for me. (Thank you, sis!)
Rather than using a trim for the bottom, I opted for a trim along the sleeve edges. This pattern is so versatile that you could make several versions and they would all be different depending on the type of fabric and trim you use.
You could also cut a longer piece than the original instructions call for, to make a longer finished tunic. Just remember to double the amount of length you want to add since your fabric panel is both the front and the back.
The hardest part to this pattern to me was the edge around the neck area. Since it is a curve that you need to turn in twice to create the narrow finish, you may find it helpful to clip. Be sure, however, that you create very shallow clips so that you do not create a raw spot in your finished edge.
This is a simple pattern, but remember that “simple for the experienced sewer” does not mean a pattern and instructions are suitable for an inexperienced sewer. If you are new to sewing, don’t try this one just yet. The slippery fabric will be hard for you to handle, and the tedious narrow hem will be frustrating. But, we have other posts and patterns here on our website for beginners, and we will soon begin posting our Beginning Sewing video classes.
We are “in production” for our video classes right now (which means we are taping with an iPhone, throwing away a lot of outtakes, and learning to use iMovie). Stay tuned!