One of the young characters was wearing a striped cotton dress. At the bodice, the stripes were positioned to form a square and I immediately became obssessed to create that look on the "tunic" I planned as a match for V8819.
First, I'll show you where the process started and what I came up with and then I'll explain how I got there.
Lately, I've been using a croquis I found on line somewhere and adapted to what I think my body looks like . I try styles that I'm not sure about in this way.
Here is the finished garment.
It's obviously not a tunic and yet, it started out to be!
I decided to use the front and back pieces to V8272 minus the inserts at the bottom.
I traced the front and drew a line from the outer shoulder, through the mid chest and to about high hip point on each side.
I cut the pattern piece apart and I now had four pieces. I added a 3/8" seam allowance to each piece.
Well, my troubles had just begun. In spite of the fact that I cut very carefully making sure the stripes would match, no way could I match them on all four pieces.
After about three days of pondering and trial and error, I had this mess! Notice the uneven seam allowances.
Remember I only added 3/8" SA's
But I did manage to form a rectangle if not a square at the chest.
I then had to re cut the whole top because the sides were way out of whack. I decided to use my favorite TNT pattern for a sleeveless top(S3634). I ended up shortening it because it just looked better this way than as a tunic length.
After all these trials with this garment ,it hit me one night when I was trying to go to sleep. The angles formed by the intersecting lines should all have been 90degrees! Mine were off a bit and that's why I had all the trouble. I almost want to try this again to test my theory, but not yet.Lol
And that's how I conquered the striped beast! I quite like the top this way.
So that's three pieces out of five finished and blogged. I do have the fourth piece finished. It's a sweater dress and I love it. Will show it to you in a couple of days.
Unfortunately, I still have the final piece to cut out and sew tomorrow.Yikes!!
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