Monday, April 14, 2014

Fawn Lily Tunic

Well hello strangers!  It has been entirely too long since I have posted on this lil' old blog. is busy!  I'll add a photo post soon to catch you up on what I've worked on very soon (let's just say--I got an embroidery machine!).  However, I recently had the chance to sew up a really adorable top and photos for that just can't wait another minute ;)

So, as I mentioned, I've been incredibly busy so there hasn't been a lot of sewing happening.  However, when I saw the line drawing and request for testers for the Fawn Lily Dress and Tunic designed by Rock the Stitch for Willow &Co, I immediately signed up.  Thankfully I was selected and, let me tell you, this pattern did not disappoint!  

First off--can you believe how big Miss A has gotten??  Sigh..

Back to the tunic.  There are seriously like 234 options on this pattern.  OK, maybe I am exaggerating a slight bit, but there are a ton of options: 3 different sleeves, 2 bodice choices, 3 different options for attaching the skirt and 4 skirt lengths!  Like I said--this pattern has options!  I chose to make the cap sleeve, crossover yoke, flat skirt and tunic length.  Tell me this isn't cute!  

I added the optional piping since part of the charm of the crossover is seeing the shape of the overlapping layers.  I was a little concerned how it would fit since there are no buttons or other closures, but I absolutely love the fit of this top.  The 12 month fit Miss A very well and she is currently wearing size 12m in ready to wear.  

The cap sleeve has two finishing options--one is dubbed "the clean finish."  It rolls and folds the top in such a way that both sleeve seams are fully enclosed (and who doesn't love that???).  Even on a 12 month size, I was able to make it work.  

It makes a sweet spring/summer top and I think it will be a perfect layering piece in the fall/winter (can't you just imagine this in a fine wale cord?).  The pattern also has side pockets, but I chose not to add them to this size because, quite honestly, I don't want to know what a 12 month old would stuff in them!!!  Adelyn loved it so much that she even sang a little song ;)

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I review patterns honestly (sometimes to the chagrin of pattern designers) and I don't have anything bad to say about this one!! It is rated at an advanced beginner/intermediate so don't expect the directions to "teach" you how to sew, but any determined sewist can attack it with success.  And hey, isn't it nice to find a designer who isn't afraid to create a pattern that isn't limited by staying in the "beginner box?"  Rebecca at Rock the Stitch hit it out of the park with a unique pattern that is really versatile and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next :)


Rebecca Holmes said...

Lol. I can only imagine what a one year old would put in her pockets! Too funny! You did a wonderful job on this one. I love the color combo! Thanks for sharing!!

sisforsewing said...

It's lovely! (I just got this pattern - love your version)
I can't believe she's so big already (and such a sweetie) :)

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