The ‘Love’ Batik Tunic

Meet the final installment of my resort style sewing, the ‘Love’ Batik Tunic.

This beautiful batik print quilting fabric is from Amy Butler’s Love Collection and I bought the lace neckline from Brighton Accessories in Chinatown. The shift pattern I used was originally meant for a dress, the Tunic dress from the book ‘Built By Wendy Dresses’ which I have previously employed for the Tablecloth Tunic Dress but for this version I shortened the pattern and redrafted the neckline to accommodate the lace piece. I then used an off white bias tape to finish the front and back necklines before stitching on the lace.

I love this tunic! In fact, when I first received this fabric many moons ago, I knew I wanted to sew it into a tunic and wear it with my ruffles ruby shorts. So, my dream has finally become a reality.

And when you read this post, I’m most probably wearing this outfit in the island of Phuket, Thailand. We are there for a short family getaway and back Sunday. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Are you all ready for Christmas my sewing comrades?


‘The Blues’ Resort Dress

As part of my resort style theme, I used Simplicity 8442, a vintage pattern from the 1970s to create a resort style dress. I chose to sew the version with sleeves though I did shorten them a little. I wanted a very relaxed look and  love the shape and cute slant of the humongous pockets!

But, this dress at certain points, gave me the blues. Yes, it did. The issues occurred on the front and back bodice pieces. When I first tried the front bodice on I thought OMG the shoulder straps might be too short! That was deceiving as it turned out there were huge gaps on the front and back opening of the dress, like these.

These gaps were very ugly and annoying. It made me wondered if this was a design that called for shoulder pads as there seemed to be just enough extra space for them. The envelope didn’t mention them however.

Anyhow, I wasn’t too keen to add shoulder pads for this dress. Instead, I turned the dress inside out, pinning and taking in the extra fabric at both shoulder seams the best that I could. I baste the ‘new’ seams at both shoulders, tried on the dress again before stitching them. I also added snap button above the invisible zipper to secure the back. The dress is still far from being perfect but I tried my best and am happy that it is now wearable.

I used voile for the dress and it is underlined. It’s the first time I tried underlining and I followed the instructions closely. Underlining is different from lining as it is sewed onto the wrong side of the dress while lining is sewed right side to right side of the dress.

The voile tends to crinkle easily but still I love that the dress does look relaxing and definitely has the resort feel to it. I’m glad I managed to contain the gapping problem.

A close up view of the cute pockets embellished with silver ric rac and a sparkling purple button.

BTW, have you heard of polyvore? I think I must be one of the last to use it. LOL.  I had a little bit of time while pondering what to do with the gaps on the dress so I starting selecting accessories for it on the website. So, here’s my dream resort combination with this dress. My very first collage from Cute?

I know, it’s not fair for some of my sewing comrades to see these when it’s freezing cold autumn/ winter where some of them are. So, I did a cold weather version too, just for fun! I know the dress was made with resort style in mind but with the right accessories, it can be a completely different outfit. I am also one who believe that a dress from a vintage pattern can go well with accessories from today, though I am bias when it comes to sunglasses…the look is retro any day! 🙂

Off course, I wished I owned all these accessories so I can see what the outfit looks like in real life…but that only happens on polyvore. LOL. I did, however, put my name in the ballot to win those cute Whooga gold ugg boots! The giveaway is ongoing and you can enter by follow Whooga on Twitter or subscribing to their newsletter. All the best my sewing comrades!

Have a happy week everyone! I am chasing the blues away by sewing more tomorrow:)