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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Butterick 5397: Easy tunic dress

While it feels like all I've sewn this fall is baby clothes, I have managed to squeeze in a few things for me. I've tired to focus on softball projects that would go together quickly so I could get back to gift sewing. I'm in dire need of dresses for fall/winter, so this Fast & Easy tunic pattern was a no-brainer.

I had originally wanted to make it in a remnant of grey doubleknit in my stash, but there wasn't enough to make it work. Instead, I copied the pattern photos and used a deep red doubleknit - so original. Ha! The construction was a breeze though I did have to alter the pattern a bit to fit my pear-shaped body, cutting an XS on top and tapering to a M in the hips. I had added a few inches to the length, then cut off too much when I went to hem it, so it's a bit shorter than I would have like. Not a huge issue since it will always be worn with tights or leggings.

I wore it to work a few times this fall, but after picking up a classic leopard print scarf, it made a perfect Thanksgiving outfit. Comfy and cute - my kind of holiday dress!

22 comments:

  1. It might be simple, but it is still stylish. Love the red.

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  2. i imagine that's what's awesome about making your own clothes: being able to tailor stuff to fit correctly! fabulous!!

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  3. Super cute! It really suits you and looks so comfy too. Tempting to make it in other colours.

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  4. Very cute, and that is a great color!

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  5. Very cute! Seeing all your cute things makes me wish I could sew...and that I had more time!

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  6. Really cute! I think the length looks perfect. I love the entire ensemble!

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  7. How gratifying to be able to quickly sew such a pretty garment! A perfect complement to your wardrobe for the holidays!

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  8. Looks great. I think the length is perfect on you.

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  9. You look fantastic (as always)!

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  10. Cute! Like a tee-shirt, comfort-wise, but way more stylish!

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  11. I think the shorter-length was a good mistake! It's really flattering.

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  12. That dress looks fabulous on you and you've coordinated it so nicely with the animal print scarf and turtleneck... Very nice outfit.

    p.s. I just happened upon your blog, and it's always fun to find new inspiration to follow.

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  13. I think the shorter length looks very flattering on you! The red is super cute.

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  14. Another great outfit - perfect!

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  15. What a great wardrobe item you've made, it looks so chic with boots and a touch of leopard!

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  16. What a cute little dress. Happy New Year!
    C

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  17. Oh what a great looking dress with the tights and leopard print scarf. Red is a great color on you. PS Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your thoughtful comments. So funny, the picture of my DH and I on our anniversary was taken at the restaurant Tommy Bahama's in Wailea!

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  18. Hi Amber and Thanks for the lovely compliment on my dress.

    Your dress looks great on you. I have that pattern and need to push it up on my to sewing list.

    The baby gifts you've made are so adorable.

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  19. I would have never thought to pair that dress with the animal print scarf. I absolutely LOVE it!

    What a great time you all had with family. How fabulous!

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