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Schoolhouse Tunic

I love this pattern! I made my first Schoolhouse Tunic while recovering from my D&C and was pleased with how quickly it came together. For the first version I used a cheap quilters cotton to make a wearable muslin. I cut a size 6/8. The only change to the pattern was omitting the elastic in the sleeves (I hate elastic sleeves.) The end result was a shapeless frock that, while cute, looked a little more like maternity-wear than my sadly unpregnant self wanted. Like everything else I seem to make, it ended up way too short to wear without pants or leggings.

The second version was made three weeks ago. This time I used a luxuriously soft London Calling “Deco Vintage” cotton lawn. I love the feeling and drape that cotton lawn has. One day I’ll be bold enough to purchase some coveted Liberty of London cotton lawn. I’m not quite ready to cut into $30-$40 a yard fabric, though! For this version I cut a size 2/4 and am much happier with the fit. I also added two inches to the length and removed the back pleat giving it a more tailored look.

Ultimately I love both pieces. The first version will be fun paired with skinny jeans and a cream cowl neck top when the temperatures drop, or with a long sleeve tissue T, a fitted blazer and skinnies. The second is a perfect fall and spring frock that I am currently wearing for the third time in three weeks. Love this piece! I highly recommend the pattern for any budding seamstress who has a little experience and is ready to test their abilities.

First version in blue was boxy and much to short to wear without pants. The second version, however, was just perfect.

The first version in blue was NOT flattering on my back side.

Detail shot: I finished the arms with bright pink bias tape. I love finishing garments with a coordinating bias tape that adds a delightful pop of color.






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  1. September 25, 2012

    so impressed. I can do a lot of patchwork but garments are a whole ‘nother league.

  2. Bethany #
    September 25, 2012

    They look great! You did such an awesome job!

  3. September 25, 2012

    I love this! I don’t know how this is good for beginners but I want to try it! Thanks for inspiring me to start sewing

  4. September 25, 2012

    You are very talented!

  5. September 25, 2012

    I am always so impressed with your sewing abilities! Teach me! Just kidding- I don’t even own a sewing machine! 🙂

  6. September 25, 2012

    If you have an Etsy shop you should tell me so I can buy things from you-I would buy this in a heartbeat (although in a much, much larger size I’m afraid).

  7. September 25, 2012

    So cute!

  8. October 20, 2012

    I have probably said this before and will say it many more times, I am in awe of your sewing skills! My Hubby just got me a sewing machine. Maybe I will start with some crafts or kids stuff before I move onto clothing for me.

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