My Two-Hour Tunic

by Amy

I often tell customers that, given the price of individual patterns these days, if there are at least two patterns in a sewing book they feel they would like to make, it is worth buying the book. I wanted to show you one more pattern out of Tanya Whelan’s book Sew What You Love to bring home this point. I picked another pattern for knit fabric which can literally be banged out in a few hours. One pattern piece, four seams, and some hemming…you gotta love it.

I have to say that as I was sewing this one up I wasn’t sure if I would like the style on me. It’s been a few decades since I rocked the dolman sleeves, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The torso is rather long on my short body, but scrunches up casually on my hips in a way that I like. I might try a little elastic thread “ruching” next time to emphasize this effect. 

If you were considering this book after seeing the Go-To Dress, I would definitely encourage you to try on the tunic sample next time you’re in the shop. It’s another basic piece that I’ll be making over and over again.