Better the Second Time
Posted 13 August, 08on:
In between sewing sessions for the play, I managed another go at the Kaiku tunic, Design #19 from the 04/08 issue of Ottobre. Even the ever growing fabric, the first one was not a total loss. It gave me a chance to play with the sizing a bit. I curved the side seams to give it a more “womanly” shape. The design is also quite long. Please check the overall length before cutting out. It is somewhere between tunic length and a short dress. With just a little lengthening, this could be a very, very cute dress. Hmmmm….ideas percolating……
I love the wide neckband. It allows for a solid to help break up a busy print. I shortened the sleeves because I did not have enough fabric and sort of wanted this top for warmer weather. The tunic length is a little different for me. At my height, tunic length is a bit risky. I can only wear this with pants. A skirt and the longer top just chops me up into little bits. The gathers were eliminated because I felt it made the design more juvenile.
This pattern was super fast to sew. I think the sewing part took about an hour. The tracing took longer than usual because I played with sizing so much.
The fabric is a rayon jersey from Fabricland in Canada. The navy banding is a perfect match from Vogue Fabrics in Chicago. Yes, I am insanely picky about matching colors. Not all navy is created equal.