Spring Tunic


I did it! My first top! And just in time, too, to enter Spring Top Week.

This was the most challenging sewing project I have ever completed. It is the Baby Doll Tunic from the book Sew Teen. As I mentioned before, I thought it was strange that I couldn’t find a single reference to anyone making this top. Now I know why – several key measurements and details in the instructions are incorrect. I know this because I followed them step-by-step, and the first top I made was wildly out of proportion. So much for “the perfect guide for first-time sewers”! I was pretty disappointed at first, but after putting it away for a few days I decided to take it apart and try to figure it out on my own, with much better results! Despite the setbacks, I learned a lot, and am glad I gave it another try. 🙂

Notes about the pattern: Despite specifying the “bust measurement” (and showing how to measure for it), this particular pattern is actually asking for the underbust/ribcage measurement. Big difference! I also noticed other instances – like writing 10 “centimeters” instead of 10 “millimeters”, and having certain steps and diagrams out of order. I couldn’t understand attaching the bias-binding at all, so I just had to figure it out from the photos. I also chose to use 3/4″ elastic and made the ties a tad thinner.

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6 thoughts on “Spring Tunic

  1. Awesome, Emily! I like your hands-on-hips model pose. The fabric is great.

  2. It looks great! 🙂 Summer’s in the air…
    Last year I tried to sew myself a skirt, but failed. Maybe it is time to try again?

  3. I love how it turned out. I’d wear it!

    I have a weekly Thursday blog party especially for people to share things they’ve made to be worn. Stop by if you’d like!

  4. Your tunic looks great!

    I was interested to read your comments from my book, “Sew Teen”. I’m so sorry you had trouble with the instructions. As hard as you try, writing a book is never without it’s ups and downs. Normally mistakes such as these are caught and corrected by various writers and editors throughout the process of bringing a book to print. Regretfully, we missed a few and for that, I apologize.

    I hope you won’t be discouraged and reluctant to keep sewing. There are so many fun things that you can do. Try other patterns, books or free projects from the web! Sewing is a great skill and creatively satisfying. You clearly have a talent for it (even under difficult circumstances).

    Thanks again for the feedback. Happy sewing!

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