Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tunic (Dress?) & Leggings

Hi everyone!

Yesterday, when I was dithering around about what to make, I decided I wanted to tackle this rayon/lycra "Trendy" knit from Fabric Mart.  The colors are delicious and the fabric is super soft; however, as I learned, it grows and grows and grows some more.  

Bound Neckline
I chose to make Vogue 8731 in the longest version but with 3/4 length sleeves.  It was a quick and easy sew--except for the part where the fabric decided to get swallowed into the bobbin case as I sewed the horizontal tucks. (But that was hardly the pattern's fault!)  I stabilized the shoulders with strips of interfacing, and I bound the neck with self fabric rather than the recommended bias tape.  I used Steam-a-Seam and coverstitched the sleeve hems, but I did a rolled hem for the tunic since I realized the tunic was so long, it could be worn as a dress if I didn't take up too much in the hem.

To go with the tunic, I made leggings (McCalls 6173) in white double knit from Joann's.  These might be the fastest thing I've ever made.  No side seams, just one big piece for each side and a casing for the elastic.  I coverstitched the hems--and I was done!  I should've checked the time, but I'll bet it was an hour from cutting to hemming.  I made them in a size larger than I normally would because I was afraid they'd be too tight and show every freckle.  To my surprise, they're loose, so next time, I'll go down a size.  

This is a very comfy outfit--perfect for a mild day!
Happy sewing  ~ Peggy


  1. I like it both ways- the leggings look good with it! I love the blue shoes, too!

  2. I'd totally wear that as a dress! :)

  3. Very, very nice! Looks good both ways - so I guess that makes it 2 outfits for the price one?

  4. Thank you for your kind comments!

  5. Pretty ...pretty print. Either way you wear it.. It looks great and like the coordinating sandals.