This is the Lila Tunic from Tanya Whelan’s Sew What You Love: The Easiest, Prettiest Projects Ever. I made it earlier this year for Anna (here). This one is a size 13/14 and I kept it tunic length this time.
I decided to make these for my friend’s daughters because she gifted the fabric to me. She had been cleaning out some of her mother-in-law’s old sewing supplies and this fabric was mixed in with the vintage sewing notions (that I very happily accepted! 🙂 ). When I looked at the fabric, I wasn’t sure at first what to make with it, but after I washed it and saw how nice and flowy it was, I thought this tunic pattern would be a perfect way to use the fabric.
The second one is made with a piece of fabric my friend bought from a clearance table and then changed her mind about when she got it home. This one is a size 3/4 for their younger daughter and I’m sure it will be perfect — easy for her to dress herself because of the elastic shirring and a good length to wear with leggings and be free to play in.
I have made some changes to the way I sew this pattern. First off, I’ve found that I prefer using French seams for the entire piece. Also, I’ve found it easier to get a smooth finish by hemming the flutter sleeves after sewing them onto the front and back but before sewing the side seams. I also prefer to turn the edge of the neckline at this point — for some reason I just find it easier to do while the side seams are still open.
Now Noah wants me to sew a couple of zippered coin pockets for their boys before we go visit these friends (hopefully this week!). Our kids have all been great friends and the boys in particular love to run off to play in the woods and the fields (they have over 90 acres of farmland) whenever we go to their house. Hopefully, this time it will be easier to keep track of the boys — last time they took off to the far back corner of the property and it took us over 2 hours to find them when it was time to go home at the end of the day! (*headshake*) Boys!