The weather is cooler and Autumn colours are starting to appear so I wanted something in rich Autumnal colours to wear. I chose this pattern by Simplicity.
The pattern requires a stretch fabric which has a lot of drape. I chose this beautiful jersey from MinervaCrafts.
The fabric is this Damask print stretch jersey from MinervaCrafts Damask print stretch Jersey
This is a very soft and lightweight jersey. It is very slippery to handle and in my opinion you need a bit of experience working with this sort of fabric, so if you are a beginner I would choose something like a textured jersey which is a bit more substantial but which still drapes well Textured Jersey
The construction is simple , I especially like the sleeves which have rouleaux ties to gather them.
There is a simple little tool which I absolutely adore from Jaycotts which makes rouleaux in seconds - seriously, there's no messing about!
It the Prym Turning set and you will wonder how you managed without it Prym Turning set
|Sewing tools from Jaycotts
The sleeves are made up before attaching to the body of the tunic. You will need a stretch needle in your sewing machine Stretch sewing machine
and a stretch stitch or a narrow zig zag. If you have problems with your tension then try a ballpoint needle and watch out for my next blog post troubleshooting your sewing machine
There is a lot more top stitching on the neckline and in the pockets. Use your seam guide and make sure that the corners are even
I made a scarf from a length of the fabric, rounding the ends and sewing right sides together before turning right sides out.
I found a cheap necklace and used the beaded tassels on the ends of my scarf and tied some leather lacing just above them
In this picture the scarf is being used as a belt. The tunic is very loose fitting by the way and I cut out size small 10/12
I feel that the scarf echoes the style of the sleeves and adds more interest
The scarf is just draped around my neck . The tunic is very long and would look great with skinny pants or leggings
This is a very unusual make, the top is extremely comfortable and forgiving! To make it easier choose a plain fabric so that there is no pattern matching.
It's a nice top. Take your time and have a go at sewing with a warm stretch jersey fabric