Women’s Tunic/Dress from Handmade Style



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.


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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.

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4 Responses to Women’s Tunic/Dress from Handmade Style

  1. Lisa says:

    This turned out so well…and congratulations on finding your perfect summer dress!

  2. This is almost as beautiful as you, but not quite!
    Love you!
    ps how’s the chicken?

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