I recently took a class at The Fancy Tiger in Denver to learn how to make a tunic. Christina, the teacher of the class, had pulled a pattern out of a Japanese sewing book which we used to make tunics. It was neat because you could make a tunic or a dress, but I chose to make the tunic so I might get more wear out of it. The class met for two hours, two Saturdays in a row. I believe that there were only five of us taking the class which was great because we all received personal attention from Christina in how to do each step and assistance with the fitting to our own bodies. Every ended up with beautiful tunics which was amazing. I will definitely take another class there soon.
I used Anna Maria Horner Little Folk's Voile in Meadow. This has to be the nicest fabric that I have ever sewn with; it has the prettiest drape and is so buttery soft. It was purchased at the Fancy Tiger.
The pattern is really too long rectangles that you then alter to your own body by adding a little curve here or there for the bodice and then a skirt piece you attach to the bottom. It is neat because you can really adjust it for your own personal taste. I suppose you could do that with most patterns, but since this is the first clothing I have ever sewn myself, I thought that was really neat. Now I just need it to warm up a little bit so I can wear it!
I am entering my top in MadebyRae's Spring Top Week's contest. There is more information about the contest here and here. I saw this contest going on last year, but I didn't have anything to enter. I was really amazed by all the beautiful tops that were being entered, but I didn't have time to make anything. I vowed that this year I would participate and managed to finish a top for me just in time! I am so excited about having something in the contest. Go check out all the wonderful entries here in the official entry pool at Flickr.