I’m still blogging last year’s garments! I have been doing a little bit of sewing since we got back from holidays, but at a much slower rate than usual. I’m still adjusting to working in a new job, three days per week instead of two, and have been having lots of very early nights!
Apparently this year’s fashions are all about the sleeve and the shoulder. This dress managed to incorporate both trends! It is the Ellie-Mae tunic top from Style Arc. From their website: ELLIE-MAE: This on-trend top/tunic dress is a gorgeous look with its flattering, elastic off the shoulder neckline. The raglan sleeve allows this style to flow beautifully. Soft ruffles fall from the hemline and the sleeves. Design your own look, why not use a wide lace for the ruffles? We made the top with a hem ruffle and the tunic dress without a ruffle. The choice is yours. The elastic neckline allows you to wear it off the shoulder or alternatively up on the shoulder for a more stayed look. Wear the top with jeans or use the longer length as a tunic over your favourite pants, or as a dress. FABRIC SUGGESTION: Silk, Crepe, Cotton, Broderie Anglaise.
I sewed the dress version in size 4 for Clare. It was very straightforward to make, being a basic raglan construction. It was mostly sewn on the overlocker, with the machine used for gathering and securing hems and the neckline. I used wide elastic in the neckline, and it has gathered it beautifully.
The fabric is a beautiful printed voile, originally from Darn Cheap Fabrics (but it came to me via Anna’s stash – thanks Anna!) and it was perfect for Clare. Very easy to work with and just the right weight and hand for the elastic gathering. It ironed well, and the sleeve frills were easy to gather too.
It’s really important to get that elastic in the neckline the correct length, and there is no way to do that effectively without trying it on. It has to be just right – not too loose, so that it stays up, and not too tight, so that it tries to move upwards or feels uncomfortable.
Clare has worn this a couple of times now. She does find that when she lifts her arms the whole dress moves up a bit and she gets what she describes as “an underarm wedgie”. But overall, this is a great success.
I had enough of the fabric left over to whip up an Aeolian dress/tunic for my cousin for Christmas. No modelled photos of that one however, just these on Ada.
This was also a simple sew, especially considering that I’ve sewn this pattern many times. Raglan sleeves, constructed on the overlocker, sewing machine with contrasting thread used to topstitch beside the shoulder seams, secure hems and to secure the self-made bias binding that was used to finish the neckline.