I’ve been slowly (very slowly) working on the Women’s Tunic from Anna Graham’s book ‘Handmade Style’ over the summer. I bought this beautiful rayon last year and wasn’t exactly sure what to make with it. When we went to Martha’s Vineyard this summer (see here) I saw a skirt in a boutique window made up with this exact fabric. It was beautiful and simple and I knew I needed to get sewing with it. In July, Anna featured a sew-along on her blog Noodlehead, giving detailed instructions with photos, for making this tunic. I am a visual person and figured this sew-along would be very helpful if I got stuck on anything with the pattern. To my delight, the pattern was very well written and I didn’t have any problems. It was great to be able to refer her website when I was working on the placket, to make sure I had it right. I love when pattern designers do sew-alongs. It is incredibly helpful to us ‘visual’ people.
I made this tunic into a dress by adding about 3 inches to the bottom of the pattern. I cut a size Medium. The fabric I used is by Anna Maria Horner called ‘Pretty Potent Rayon Challis’; the color is Eucalyptus Lime.
Truthfully, I wasn’t sure how I would like dolman sleeves and I didn’t know if it would be flattering on me. I have to tell you, I have only taken this dress off to wash it. Seriously-I love it! I’ve worn it at home, to the beach, a trip to Ikea, grocery store…etc. You get the picture. The drawstring waist is very flattering and I do love the sleeve style. It is the PERFECT hot weather dress, made up with a flowy rayon. I fully intend to be wearing this right on into the fall with leggings.