Greenstyle Creations had a 40% off sale awhile back and I bought a few patterns to try. I have fallen in love with the Laurel Tunic and Dress. It's easy to make. Has several options. And best of all - it's very figure flattering. You can buy it HERE.
I used a winter sweater strike off from PNW Fabrics for the bodice and a solid dark blue I bought from the Dallas Fabric District for the rest. You can purchase PNW fabrics HERE.
Here are all my pieces cut out.
Here is the pattern cover page. It has a cowl neck, but for this top I decided to do a banded neck.
First the bodice front and back are sewn together at the shoulders and sides. I cut the front neckline higher than the pattern.
To do the neck band, I used a measuring tape to measure the length around my neckline. I then multiplied that number by 0.8 to get the length needed for the band. I cut my band 2" wide and by the length I calculated. I then sewed the ends together.
Then I pinned the band to the neck evenly all around.
I then serged it on.
Then I topstitched the seam down with my coverstitch.
Then I sewed the seam of the sleeves.
I then turned the bodice inside out and placed the sleeves inside right side out and pinned them in place.
Then I serged them on.
Now for the skirt. I did the tunic length and I did the pleats in the front and the back. Here I am marking my pleats.
Pleats are marked.
Pleats are folded and pinned into place.
The pleats are then sewn down with a long straight stitch.
The font and back of the skirt are sewn together at the sides. Then the skirt is pinned to the bodice and serged on. I then hemmed the skirt with my coverstitch and I added a band to the sleeves.
Here is my finished Laurel tunic.
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