In the last moments of my crazy deadlines, I found a new form of procrastination. Basically, I began obsessing on indie sewing patterns.
I love the premise that the pattern is a tool for learning proper garment construction AND a canvas for personal expression.
Another thing I really like about these patterns is that women around the world are making and posting their versions online. I could literally look at dozens of versions before making mine. As well, as read comments about how the pattern worked for them.
I discovered that I am one size on top and another on the bottom. I went back to my traced pattern and corrected this–blending the two sizes. I also significantly shortened the garment. The pattern finishes at 33 3/4 inches, while my finished garment is 29 1/2 inches.
I thought I would use a really nice wool I had purchased to make a blanket for the entire tunic, but once I started cutting I realized that was kind of boring.
I remembered I have an entire tub of vintage kimono scraps. Why do I have an entire tub? Well, I think it is because in the last week of February in 2014, I would decide to make a Laurel tunic.