Some time last summer I had an important revelation about the jersey knits that dominated my wardrobe’s upper half: they weren’t doing me any favors. They have no filter. They reveal all – every. topographical. detail. of this worn-in Momma body. These shirts are Captain Obvious. They’re not doing me any favors. Woven fabrics, however, like the linens and cottons I favor, are rarely prone to stating the obvious. They merely suggest. They may even create illusions of a sleeker core. I’m not opposed to a little well-placed magic.
So I instituted a mass exodus of said jersey knits from my wardrobe and found that not much remained. And yet cultural norms dictated that I wear something on my upper half (as did my own sensibility) so a little problem-solving was in order. The answer: tunics.
It is not at all hard to find a fantastic tunic pattern. I had several to choose from. What I ended up with as a Master Pattern was a synthesis of several patterns, peppered with my own modifications and tweaks. I made a muslin, which came out pretty darn close to perfect. Then I cut up an interesting nubby cotton bedspread and paired it with a dark plum velvet and made myself my new favorite shirt.
I love the way it fits, the way it wears. There is no rude clinginess, no blurting out of all my secrets — I could have a killer body under there! Only I and The Mister know for sure. Wink. I feel like a million buck in it.
A pattern like that deserves to be duplicated, varied, celebrated. With that burst of confidence I found I was finally able to cut into the lovely Nani Iro double gauze that I snagged in Portland, ME two years ago. How does this pattern translate to a dress length? My quick slap-dash muslin says “very well indeed.”
Another piece of Nani Iro double gauze has done significantly less time on my shelves; the deep blues joined my collection in March, while on a trip to Indianapolis. The shimmery grey/taupe loose weave linen also shown here marks last fall’s trip to Savannah. Maybe it wants to be a tunic with a boat neck. Maybe you should also note that fabric and/or yarn make the best souvenirs.
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