Butterick 4684 »
InstructionsI added bust darts as well as vertical waist darts front and back. I used the facing on the outside with a silk organza interfacing. Then I machine embroidered a design that I took from the swirls in the fabric. I hand embellished the embroidery with metallic thread.
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Funky, Casual, Mod, Ethnic, Whimsical
A Michael Miller cotton for the body and a white cotton from my stash for the "facing". I used silk organza to interface and a wash-away stabilizer to draw the embroidery design and stabilize it as I sewed.
What was your inspiration?
The fabric was inspiring. We went to the Garment District in Manhattan this year and my husband gave me free reign in B & J Fabrics. I found this with only five yards left on the bolt. Two designers were eyeing it for window treatments, but I saw a tunic. After looking at it draped on my form for a couple of weeks, I remembered an article in Threads No. 116 talking about turning the facing to the outside and it took off from there.
What are you most proud of?
The fit. My dress form allowed me to fit it well. My form is a Uniquely You which my husband help me fit the cover onto. I kept losing weight while it was happening so I had to go back and refit it a couple of times, but it was such a help for this project. (I'm planning on losing my last 15 lbs. this summer. He'll love fitting a new cover on me!)
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Be free with experimentation and practice, practice, practice the embroidery. I made three facings before I got one that actually looked the way I wanted it to look.