I always have to test out a pattern from an inexpensive fabric to make sure I like the fit, so my first version was with an ITY knit that I got from the $1.99 section at Fabric Mart. I loved the colors and wanted to show off as much as the extra large paisley print as possible, so I made the longer version.
What I learned from making the test version was that the neckline was pretty wide, and that even though I staystitched the neck facing, that the facing was going to roll out- just the nature of the beast. To remedy this, I used a double needle and topstitched 2" from the neckline edge as you can see in this close-up. I like the extra stitching detail, and used it on the other versions as well.
So, for my second version, I wanted to try the shorter length tunic and I brought in the neckline about 1/2" all the way round. I used a black and white graphic ITY knit and some ivory ponte knit for the pants. The pants are really comfortable, by the way. Even though they aren't the focal point of the pattern, I think they are a gem of a pattern. The cut is just right to taper in at the knee and flare out just enough to give a nice curve.
I saved my favorite fabric for last- this teal, black and white graphic stripe. I decided that I really liked the longer version on me, so I made this version longer as well. I used a black ponte knit for the pants, and an ombre silk chiffon for the scarf.
When I ordered these two knits, I had also ordered this white lace with circles, planning on making a scarf with it. However, when I got it, the lace had far too much body for a scarf, so I had to come up with a plan B. I made this waterfall vest instead! It's definitely a lot of pattern combined with these prints, so I"m not totally sure that I'll wear them together. Although I'm sure that I could wear it with a solid tunic.
But with or without the vest, I'm in love with my new tunics. With just five pattern pieces, they were super quick to sew! I think I may have found my new "uniform" for Spring. I feel "dressed" without feeling too dressy, which can be a tricky balance to achieve.
Thanks for reading, and I hope that you have an extra special Leap Day!