A Purple Pumpkin Tunic

Purple tunic Simplicity 2156

I’ve been sewing again. If you follow me in Instagram, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this make has taken me months. The actual sewing took a few hours. The decision making took weeks. I really couldn’t make up my mind which direction the vine like pattern should take. Should it run up and down the tunic, or wrap itself round the whole garment.Purple tunic Simplicity 2156 pumpkinsIn the end, Middle One said that she wanted it to wrap around. OK. Maybe I should have asked her first, seeing as it was her tunic.

She had requested a purple tunic. A girl with definite ideas, she knew which tunic pattern she wanted. It’s one I’ve used before (here and here) but this time, she wanted slight alterations to it. The sides are straight, so we took them in a bit. The result is that it’s a little bit more fitted, and there is a definite swish.

Purple tunic Simplicity 2156 pumpkins outakesThe purple is quite vibrant. More so than my photos seemed to capture. It’s calling out to be put with orange. Fortunately, I finished it just in time for our annual trip to collect pumpkins. No matter that we grew our own pumpkins this year, we still had to go. A family tradition is a family tradition.

Pumpkin stall

Purple and orange just go so well. And the pattern seems to echo the pumpkin’s tendrils. A purple pumpkin, maybe.

Purple tunic Simplicity 2156 in the pumpkin wheelbarrowSewing details:

Pattern: Simplicity 2156
Fabric and thread: Purple ‘Jacquard Jersey’ Stretch Polyester/Lycra Dress Fabric from Minerva Crafts

I used the knit stitch on my sewing machine, as I don’t have an interlocker and I hand sewed the hems. Fabric drapes beautifully and was easier to work with than I expected. Simplicity 2156 is straightforward. Just six pieces to sew together. Nothing complicated. It really took me no time to sew. Just weeks of procrastination!

10 thoughts on “A Purple Pumpkin Tunic

    • Tuesday 27 October, 2015 at 9:43 pm
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      Thanks. 🙂

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  • Wednesday 28 October, 2015 at 10:10 am
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    I love the fabric and the tunic. I would never have thought of putting purple and orange together but it works doesn’t it they look great together! I always thought we didn’t have pumpkin farms you could visit in the UK, like they do in the States, clearly I am wrong……

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    • Wednesday 28 October, 2015 at 11:09 am
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      Thank you. I love purple with orange, and also red, so it works for me too! There are pumpkin farms in the UK where you can harvest pumpkins from the field. The one we go to harvests them and fills trailers with them. The children love selecting their pumpkins from there. Even though we have grown our own this year. There is something about going to a farm and getting them.

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  • Thursday 29 October, 2015 at 5:48 pm
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    Your finished tunic looks lovely. Purple is my favourite colour, I love it. The fabric looks like it would be slippy to sew with to me so I would probably have avoided it, but you say it sews well, so I would’ve missed a treat!

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    • Thursday 29 October, 2015 at 6:53 pm
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      It really was much easier than I thought it was going to be. I think the texture helps. It is a beautiful colour.

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  • Friday 30 October, 2015 at 11:27 pm
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    I love this tunic and your photos capture it well! I especially like the last photo.

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    • Saturday 31 October, 2015 at 12:48 am
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      She’s very pleased with her tunic and had fun with the photos too. Apparently it wasn’t that comfortable balancing on the pumpkins though! 😀

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    • Saturday 7 November, 2015 at 4:42 pm
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      Thanks, Sara. 🙂

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