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Thursday, July 9, 2015

StyleArc Michelle Tunic

I am continuing my love affair with StyleArc and this Michelle, or Kaftan suitable for woven fabric, didn't disappoint me!  Is it because of my lovely fabric that I purchased from Emma One Sock? Maybe, or perhaps it's just that I wanted a breezy top for the remainder of summer and this is perfect.


So here's my version:


So, obviously there are some noticeable differences from the line drawings. :)  



The sleeves!  These are straight up from the pattern, just as drafted.  I'm 5'7" and typically with StyleArc, the sleeves are just perfect but not these!  


I knew they would be shorter, and I really like the length, so I'm not disappointed at all.  Just beware if you print this off as a PDF from Etsy, you may need to alter the length.  


Let's look at the neckline for a moment, shall we?  



On the pattern, the neckline is a mere slit.  To get mine to look like the pattern drawing, I redrew it to more of a keyhole using my french curve and a washable fabric marker.  After checking it three or four times, I finally was happy and sewed it.  I like it this way!  


Oh, I have such a goofy smile on my face!  The sleeve cap is very easy to set in.  In fact, if you didn't put the side slits in, you could sew the sleeves in flat and then stitch the side seams.  


One thing the pattern drawing doesn't show is the button and loop closure at the neckline.  I just made a self-fabric loop, sewed it in between the facing and the top so it is nice and neat.  The button, which is square and pearly is from my stash.  


Another alteration I had was to lengthen the body of the tunic by 2 inches.  Had I not done this, it would have been much too short to wear with the white leggings that I love so much!  


Thanks for reading!  

Sue 

12 comments:

  1. So pretty Sue. I love your fabric choice too.. Happy sewing.

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  2. Love your tunic top Sue. All your pattern alterations turned out great and it's such a fresh and summery looking outfit.

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    1. Thanks Jean! Not everything turns out great, just the things I blog about! :)

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  3. I am really enjoying following your blog. I like this top and most all your garments! great style choices and fabrics.

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    1. Thank you so much jsews! You made my day!

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  4. I agree with jsews! I always check & see what you're making. You are a sewing "machine"!! (Bad pun - but you get my drift- lol)

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    1. Oh my goodness Teresa! I'm blushing! I am so flattered that someone other than my mother and daughters read my sewing blog!

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  5. Your tunic is fab! The changes you made to it are perfect.

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    1. Thank you Tomasa! I appreciate your kind words!

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  6. Your tunic is very pretty . Thanks for all the tips on how you altered the pattern

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    1. Thank you MaryEllen! I hope the tips are helpful to all! Happy sewing!

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