Ever since I saw a preview of this Ottobre issue on their website, the idea of implementing this tunic didn’t leave my mind. In fact I had the same color bamboo jersey in my stash! (Bought from naturesfabrics.com – unfortunately, the piece I bought was only 1 yard long and it was not enough, but the salmon color bamboo was just right.)
I was intrigued by how it will fit and whether the design any flattering. I patiently waited for anybody to try it and share the experience on the web before I cut it, but so far I didn’t see any. So I had to try it myself... The pattern piece for from and back look weird and I felt skeptical that the pattern combines two sizes (i.e. 38/40). Except for the neck opening, the front and back pieces look the same – my concern was the armhole.
But my curiosity took over common sense!
After tracing the pattern, I had even more concerns. I looked like I was sewing a little tent :)
Photo from the magazine:
Description from the magazine:
The lemon-yellow bamboo jersey tunic has an asymmetrical hemline. The front and back are cut as a single piece, placing the lower part of the left side-seam edge on the fabric fold. On the finished garment, the longer left side falls beautifully on the hip, creating a draped effect. The neckline is gathered with clear elastic tape and finished with jersey binding.
I have to say, it comes together exceptionally fast – you don’t need to match the back and front – after cutting it, just pin the sides and shoulders and sew right away!
The neckline could’ve been done better – I applied clear elastic tape as per instructions, but decided to sew it all around the neckline (without really stretching it), but it ended up being tighter than in the magazine.
I love the result! It is so comfortable and breathable - perfect for summer. It looks great with skinny jeans/jeggings.
Another shot of the left side in the mirror:
Thank you, my curiosity and Ottobre, it's a winner :)