Buttons and bobbin tunic

new look 6808 orange tunic sideOne orange tunic finished. For me. I can’t remember if it was the pattern or the fabric that I fell in love with first. Not that it matters. Once I saw the neck detail, I knew I wanted to make the top. It has a bow. What’s not to like?

The only hitch, was that the version with the bow had short sleeves and I was hankering for a long sleeve version. I checked on-line to see if anyone else had swapped the short sleeves for the long sleeve version, to no avail. I examined the pattern’s outside cover as much as I could to see if either sleeve could be used. It looked hopeful, but you never can quite tell. I’d give it a go.

new look 6808 orange tunicTurns out that the body of the pattern is the same piece for both versions, so it really wasn’t a problem swapping the sleeves.

The pattern was simple to followuntil I became lost with the neck attaching stage. Probably explains why it doesn’t sit as flat on the shoulders as it could do. I may fiddle with it more so that it stays in place. I’m putting it down to working late.

This is also the first time I have fitted a zip in the side of a blouse/tunic. It would have been fine. A piece of cake, except I chose to fit it while surrounded by children. I do not recommend this strategy at all. I tacked it in the wrong way round, upside down and, another time, out of line. Fourth time lucky, or should I say child free.new look 6808 orange tunic 2I haven’t mentioned the fabric. It is a cotton poplin. Orange. Covered in some of my favourite things: bobbins, buttons and threaded needles.

It’s a fun top. The print is not too obvious until you get close up. Otherwise it looks like an abstract orange pattern, which I like. I could wear this to work, picking up children or shopping, but not gardening. Too smart for gardening. Incidently, I made the skirt for work, a while back. It’s such a useful skirt. I really should make another one. I’m pretty pleased that the two go together so well.

nearly finished handmade top


Pattern: New Look 6808
Fabric: Minerva crafts

Thank you to, Middle daughter for taking the photos and making me smile. My next sewing project happens to be for her, so hopefully, I’ll be taking photos of her next time.

6 thoughts on “Buttons and bobbin tunic

  • Thursday 12 May, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    It looks lovely! I love that collar. I sometimes have difficulty following written instructions, I am sure they make perfect sense to whoever wrote them but not to me! I do much better with pictures 🙂

    • Friday 13 May, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Oh thank you! Pictures would have helped, as well as me being a little less tired. The collar is there. It works. Maybe not as the writer designed it, but hey ho! 🙂

  • Wednesday 18 May, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Yes, that print is fantastic and indistinguishable from further away. The top suits you too.

    • Wednesday 18 May, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you, Sarah. I’ve worn it once, so far and had a few kind comments. I always find wearing something for the first time that I’ve made, the hardest.

  • Friday 20 May, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Such an interesting collar! You did a good job on it – it fits you well. I like three quarter sleeves.

    • Friday 20 May, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Thank you Lisa.They are just the features that I fell in love with too. 🙂

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