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Pattern Reviews> Serendipity Studio> 94 (The Juliet Tunic)

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Reviewed by:amandajewls

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Posted on:2/15/13 6:36 PM
Last Updated:2/8/14 0:50 AM
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Fabric:Cotton  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: The Juliet Tunic is an easy to sew little frock that can be romantic or modern, maybe even a little of both! This design features a bust enhancing gathered bodice with a scoop neckline, Empire waist, and close fitting A-line skirt with optional ties, ruffles, and hem bands. Featured in three lengths, this design can be worn with pants or as a flirty dress. This tunic is a perfect layering piece for all seasons that looks great all by itself or with a fun cropped jacket. The pattern includes instructions for all variations shown along with alteration and fitting tips to produce a flattering fit for all sizes and body types.

Pattern Sizing:XXS 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? Yes, very detailed instructions on how to match everything up and make variations.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?Everything was clearly notched and matched up. I preferred to trace the pattern rather than cut out. There were many different suggestions for variation in the instructions. For the A-line skirt/tunic bottom, there is only about 1 inch ease so if you are right on the measurements, go up to the next size or add required room at the bottom of the pattern piece and redraw the side lines.

I trace all of my patterns because I tend to go back and use pattern pieces heavily modified for future projects.

Fabric Used:Red top section is normal quilting fabric I bought cheaply - it's thick stuff too. The tan is a blended hemp/yak fibre which has similar properties to linen. The trim is an amazing 100% cotton trim I found at Tesstuti in Chatswood, NSW. This dress would need to be hand washed or machine washed gentle on cool and then hung to drip dry because of the tan material.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Top Top: The Neckline and bust line part of pattern
Modification 1: Added 1.5 inches to front top piece for the length.
Modification 2: Added Bust dart on side of FRONT TOP.

I used the XL. My bust is ample so usually find that empire waistlines end mid bust - not a good look. So I took careful measurements of how long that top piece should be from shoulder to bottom of MY bust line and had to add another 1.5 inch TO THE FRONT TOP PIECE.
I then redrew the bottom line of the pattern following the original lines, but everything moved down 1.5 inches. This would make the side seam much longer than the back - so I inserted a bust dart under the arm pits on the front piece to take in the additional fabric so that the Front top piece would match the Back top piece on the side seams perfectly.
Bottom Tunic Skirt Piece
I wanted a dress for summer so used the "Below knee" tunic skirt length (there are 3 lengths, Tunic, above knee and below knee).

Modification 3: Widened the hip line of the skirt section so it wouldn't cling and show my pot belly.
Modification 4: Cut new skirt pattern into three separate pieces so I could use several different fabrics in the skirt.

When tracing the front and back skirt pattern pieces, I started the top at the XL size and moved to the XXL by hip line to increase the skirt. The pattern runs neat to the body in the skirt section so I thought this would give me a bit more breathing room.

I then lined up the front and back pieces and carefully followed the curve of the bottom edge to cut these piece into 3 separate pieces. DON'T FORGET TO LABEL!!! This allowed me to put a strip of the red material into the skirt to break up the monotony of all that tan!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would recommend this pattern to anyone be of a column build or curvy nature. It is a relatively simple pattern so is easy to modify. Just always use CHEAP fabric first as a muslin.

I would also highly recommend to not use the facings in this pattern, make your own bias tape instead as it's an overall neater solution to facings that stick out unless you hand tack them all over the place.

Add trim, use contrasting prints and colours. Have a LOT of fun with this pattern. Even though it's a very unique shirt, you can change the overall look drastically by changing pattern and colour pallete. A wardrobe will support multiples of this shirt easily!

I have made 3 of this pattern already (2 tank tops and 1 summer dress). I will be making a 4th! It's that versatile when you make with different fabrics, prints and textures that people won't realise it's all the same shirt pattern!


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fourkid said...
Great job - lovely dress - and a great review - thanks!
2/16/13 6:38 PM
sew2little said...
I love Serendipity patterns and always make multiples, achieving different looks, as you have. Your versions are great.
2/8/14 5:35 PM
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