Wednesday, February 10, 2016

January project finished!

Okay, okay...


How many of you didn't think I would finish my January project?

I have to admit it, I wasn't too sure I would finish it myself, BUT, I didn't want to start the year out by failing on my attempt at one project a month. Though it took me a little longer (nine days to be exact), I kept at it and finished the tunic I planned to make.

Here it is:

This is M1565 Tunic from My Image magazine.  I saw this top and immediately thought it would be a great one to wear over leggings. With only four pattern pieces to trace out, I also thought it would be an easy enough project to get my year started off on the right foot.

Since this is a plus-size pattern (and I am usually a size 6 in RTW tops) I knew I needed  to tweak it to fit me properly.  I ended up doing the following adjustments:

  • 1/4" broad shoulder adjustment
  • 1/2" swayback
  • graded the waist using a well-fitting RTW top I had
In terms of construction, this was an easy sew. I have to admit, I didn't really pay attention to the directions (more on that later).  I used a stretch stitch for some parts of the garment, and my serger for others.  I LOVE using my serger, but am still a bit nervous when it comes to sewing the sleeves. I sewed the sleeves in flat, but I just need to practice with my serger to get the hang of it.  Overall, I am pleased with the finished look.

What do I think about sewing patterns from My Image magazine?  Well, I would definitely sew one again; however, I must say I am not a fan of their instructions. If this had not been an easy shirt, I would have found their instructions hard to understand. As a matter of fact, I was breezing through so quickly (ignoring the instructions), and mistakenly finished off the neckband the wrong way! There was supposed to be a facing instead! Oh well! I actually like the neckband much better, and I am glad it worked out.  

If you are a total beginner, you will probably find the instructions frustrating. Now, tracing off the patterns from the pattern sheet was not too bad at all. Everything was easy to find, and self-explanatory. My only dislike was trying to figure out whether to add your own seam allowances. I "figured" that you did (as per most sewing magazines) but wanted to make sure. I couldn't find anything in the magazine that stated this, and ended up finding out you do by doing a Google search.

Overall, this project was worth finishing!!  It is so comfortable to wear, and goes GREAT with my black boots and leggings. After I completed it, I immediately said "I'm wearing this...TOMORROW!"  And that is a sign of a good project!!

Stay sew-filled!


  1. It's very cute! Is the fabric velour?

  2. No. For the fabric I used a cotton knit from Joanns. I got it a couple of years ago, so I am not sure if they carry it any longer.

  3. Love this tunic - very chic! I love the print and it fits you beautifully.

  4. Ha, ha, ha... I knew you would complete this project Vanessa! It turned out beautifully too! I love the fabric you selected, it suits this tunic perfectly!

  5. Wow it looks terrific. The fit looks so good and the length is perfect. No wonder you are so pleased with it. I made a My Image pattern a while ago and forgot to add the seam allowances but otherwise the fit was pretty good from memory. I have the pattern still but it was a basic pattern too and I didn't use the instructions either. I think it was a good mistake to make the neckline bound.

  6. The top fits you very well and I like the fabric you have chosen. It looks like something that you can wear to many different occasions: office, meet the teachers, brunch, family meals, etc. Great job!

  7. This is definitely a great start to the year. It looks so amazing and you look so beautiful in it!

  8. Oh I love tunics and this one is really cute. It looks comfortable. I have a favorite patter by McCalls I need to find and sew up it. I love the fabric you chose too. You can wear that with pencil skirt and a slim maxi and will be a hit.

  9. CONGRATULATIONS!! There's nothing like a cute and easy top to get your year started right

  10. I love this sewing patterns - it really challenged me and turned out so wonderfully in the end. Truely worth the effort!


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