|Pattern Description: This is an out-of-print pattern for Asian-style simple tunics and pants. I made the simplest tunic (view C) in the longest length. Long split sides, no darts, faced front/V-neck, long sleeves. Very simple. |
Pattern Sizing: XS to XXL.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were designed for real beginning sewers and very detailed. This is an easy pattern.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I picked this pattern to feature this particular fabric and I love the way it came out. It's very simple and let's the fabric really shine. The long length and side slits are nice. It's unusual in that there are no darts at all in the garment. I'll make some simple black silk pants to complete this outfit.
Fabric Used: An exquisite silk brocade I made as an impulse purchase over 7 years ago, black with gold, red, blue green flower details. It's very narrow (30 inches) and very stiff. Dealing with this stiffness was why I hadn't sewn it earlier. I knew it wouldn't ease well or drape so needed a constructed garment, very simple lines.
The fabric frayed a lot in the cross grain, so I needed to stay stitch the neck and serge finish the seam allowances first thing. I had bought 5 yds, which was good since I needed all of this, because of the narrowness of the fabric and the need to match the color pattern.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had made a wearable muslin of this pattern, but made the sleeveless, darted variation. This version has long sleeves and I ended up with a very narrow hem to get the sleeves long enough. I wish I had added some hem allowance--needed about an inch more. It's OK though, but just barely enough.
Omitted the buttons/buttonholes--wouldn't work for the fabric. Serged finished the seams/hem with a 3 -thread overlock to keep everything as flat as possible. Used Bemberg rayon to reduce bulk, also from stash, for facings, This was interfaced with a medium weight black fusible.
From the muslin, i had found that the pattern ran large. I had cut the XL but the L size was more appropriate for my shoulders and frame. This one was done as size L and is perfect.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I really like this and it was very simple to sew. I'm very happy with the way this special fabric turned out--looks even better on. I think it would look great in a batik rayon fabric. If you have it in your pattern stash, consider pulling it out.
Conclusion: A simple Asian style tunic, out-of-print but great if you have it in stash. Very simple lines, good for special fabrics. Shoulders run large, sleeves run short.