My First Tunic!

By Judith
 on January 7, 2015

Tunics are my all time favourite item of clothing (part from my pjs of course!) and my Pinterest Dressmaking board is choc-a-block full of them!  I've been itching to make one for myself for ever!

I'm a novice dressmaker, having only attempted simple separates up til now. So I chose the New Look 6068 Easy pattern to cut my teeth on my first dress.

My First Tunic (New Look 6068)

And here it is on me (I even wore it out in public today!)

My First Tunic (New Look 6068)

I used some soft cotton chambray type shirting for the main dress, which I felt complimented the pop of the collar and my own patch pockets made from vintage sheets.  And I couldn't resist a crochet trim round the bottom hem!

My First Tunic (New Look 6068)

Now this is by no means perfect.  I know that the rim at the top of the collar shouldn't be seen (I couldn't fathom the pattern on that part!) and I had to take in the sleeves and skirt sections as there was just too much fabric!!

Also, to make it a bit more shapely, and to accommodate my short waist, I added some elasticated 'cinchers' at the sides, just below the bust darts. I'm really chuffed that my wee invention worked out well, and I no longer looked like I was wearing a sack!!

My First Tunic (New Look 6068)

So what would I do differently next time?

Put the collar in right!
Move the patch pockets further apart, and maybe make them bigger.
Try a summer version with short sleeves.

While some of the steps were head scratching, I really enjoyed making this tunic dress and definitely see more of them in my future.

I''ll leave you with a few pics of the real diva in our house!

My First Tunic (New Look 6068)

Jude xo

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