Well, tomorrow is the first day of summer and we have been getting some nice sunny weather. It has got me inspired to take a break away from the computer and make some summer dresses.
As you may have noticed, I have been inspired by Tessuti patterns of late. They have some different styles that are not complicated to sew which is always a nice when your sewing time is limited. Granted, there are some times when I appreciate the more complicated sewing projects that involve intricate hand sewing details or complicated puzzle pattern pieces, but nothing beats the feeling of accomplishment when you can give that garment a final press before wearing it to work or for a night on the town. And the faster that can come about, the better!
The Coni tunic was released at the beginning of this year. Since Australia’s seasons happens opposite to Canada, it was still cold and rainy when I downloaded this pattern. But hope springs eternal and I figured I would need that time to get to that pattern anyway!
From their website, the Coni tunic is described as a:
” …. relaxed tunic-style dress features a wide neckline, dropped armhole with sleeve bands (optional wide or narrow width), stitched down side seam pockets and side splits. This tunic can be worn on its own or over pants and makes a great beach cover-up. The perfect addition to your summer holiday wardrobe. Note: The Coni Tunic can also be modified into a top. “
Given my bust measurement of 100cm or 40″, I chose to make size ‘2’. The sizing on the Coni has different parameters than some of their previous patterns. My first garment from them was the Pia Dress of which I made the XL based on my measurements and that JUST fit.
I had a piece of this printed linen in my stash. I felt the large scale print would work well with the large pattern pieces. The construction was fairly straight forward however, I wouldn’t call the finished garment a resounding success. Personally, I felt a little overwhelmed by the relaxed-ness of this garment.
So I thought to try again but in the size smaller. Since I’m loving the crinkle linens we have in the store, I decided to copy Tessuti and make it in a white crinkle linen.
One construction challenge in using the crinkle linen was using the self fabric bias tape to finish the neckline. The crinkle linen has so much texture! Do I keep the crinkle texture or do I press it flat? Sewing in the tape would require a lot of pressing so if I kept the crinkle, the tape would grow. If I press the fabric flat, then wash it after it was sewn, would it crinkle up too much? This was supposed to be a quick project!
I decided to hedge my bets and go with a light weight cotton batiste as a bias trim. I chose light weight since I didn’t want to add too much bulk. And although subtle, this batiste had a jacquard stripe which is always pretty on the bias.
Once the garment was done and all the seams and hems were pressed, I threw it in the wash and dryer again to bring back the crinkle.
Much better! I feel like I’m wearing the garment, not swimming in it 🙂