This is item #6 for the Wardrobe Contest put on by PatternReview.com. Making a coordinating wardrobe is a great motivator for those of you who have never done it. And, when you finish you have all these fun pieces that go with each other.
This is a tunic from the March 2009 Burda magazine. I have already made it in the dress version so there was no tracing and no altering this time. Talk about fast! I cut this out on Thursday night and sewed it up Friday night. I finished the hems and belt yesterday. The pleated front overlap part took the longest. This is made out of wool challis which is a fun material to work with. It's got a lot of body but it's very thin at the same time. It's like a stretch poplin with a much, much looser weave. Kind of crisp but maybe not that crisp. This is another fabric purchase by my husband. He goes to High Fashion Fabric when he is in Houston.
Here's the back with it unbelted. You can see that I pressed the pleats all the way down to the hem. Because it's not a very drapey fabric, the pleats didn't want to lay down correctly. But, because it's a wool, the pleats were ironed in perfectly and will stay there. Do you know wool is my favorite? I'm an Alaskan girl through and through, even when it comes to fabric.
It's fun. Now, on to the Chanel-style jacket. I have it muslined but I'll have to thread trace some parts and that always slows ya down.