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Trying to create a Calypso St. Barth look
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Date: 7/15/12 8:40 PM


I am returning to PR after a 5 year hiatus. I've been making some things and yesterday I had my sewing machine tuned up.

Three years ago I went back to library school and now am a librarian! Now I have some time to sew.

I have been looking for a simple tunic pattern that could possibly be modified to make looks like these Calypso tunics, which are quite expensive. I love how simple they are. I have a bit of cotton lawn that I thought would be very pretty made up like these with some embroidered neck detail.

I checked this one out and perhaps could easily alter it?

I am about a size 10.

Thanks and I look forward to sewing again-



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Date: 7/15/12 8:52 PM

No wonder you want to copy them! They look good, and they don't look hard to make, but they're pricey.
Kwik-Sew also has some tunics that look similar. So do some other brands. I haven't tried any tunics, though. You might be able to find reviews of them if you type the pattern number into the search box (on the upper left) and make sure it says "patterns" under the box. If it shows you more than one pattern because another pattern has that number too, click the one with the right picture.

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Date: 7/15/12 9:20 PM

I was going to suggest checking New Look also. They seem to really love that style and do lots of tunics. They are very pretty, but WOW at the price. With so many lovely lawns out you should be able to custom make as many as you want for a tiny fraction of the price.

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Date: 7/16/12 0:24 AM

Welcome back!! And congratulations on being a librarian!

I really like those tops. Here's a kwiksew that looks similar to the first one (although in much more boring fabric).

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Date: 7/16/12 1:10 AM

Thanks for the responses. Well, I have come up with a nice list for tunics in case anyone is interested.

(Also, here are some more beautiful tunics. I love the colors.)
Sheridan French tunics

Here is a list in order of favorites. Fit is the most important thing for me, versatility in looks second.

1) Love the the neck on this. Sleeves could be straightened. This and #2 got many good reviews here.
Simplicity 2584 Misses Dress, Tunic and Headband Cynthia Rowley Collection

2) Second choice. Nice in a dress.
New Look 6849 Misses Dress, Tunic and Tops

3) Nice basic version. Details could be added.
Kwik Sew 3870 Misses' Tunic

4) Another basic version with pants and skirt pattern.
Simplicity 4149

5) Some cute details. Same basic look though.
Butterick 4684 Tunic

6) This one is nice looking and is versatile but doesn't have the Calypso look.
Butterick B5390

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Date: 7/16/12 10:21 PM

Burda 8501 is my favorite tunic pattern. It has vertical darts front and back for more fitting. You can leave them out if you want it more blousy.

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