Olive Drab Tunic

Project Description

What was your source for this sewing project? Online Photo or Website Name of website or photo Vogue V8791 Link to website or photo What are you most proud of? Several things. 1), The red seam binding. I like the surprise of a pop of color on the inside of a garment. 2) The perfect corners on the collar (made possible by using a collar turning clamp tool . . . aka a hemostat . . . to turn the corners. You can purchase one and find instructions at Pam Erny's web-site. Here's the address: Coco Chanel said that a garment should be as beautiful in side as it is outside. The more I sew, the more I work to make the inside of a garment something I would be happy for anyone to see. The attention to every detail in sewing is something I find both therapeutic and rewarding. What advice would you give someone starting this project? The measurements on the pattern envelope seem to be pretty accurate. And it slips fairly easily over the head. You might add a side zipper if you're concerned about getting into it. Be careful to not use too heavy a fabric. I do plan to use this pattern again, probably adding sleeves. Brush up on your top-stitching skills. You're going to need them for this. This was a quick project to put together.

What you will need

  • Lightweight cotton poplin from a stash given to me recently by a former sewist (health issues prevent her from sewing any more).

Q&A with Cheryl Lemmons

LadyTap asked:
Beautiful! I really admire all the detail work that you put into this top - the top-stitching, seam-binding, etc. The color is stunning as well. Great job!
Cheryl Lemmons answered:
Thank you, LadyTap! Susan Khalje's Couture Dress Class has made so much of a difference in how I sew everything. Putting the lining in the couture dress now. Hope to have pictures of it up soon.
CatzSop asked:
You go girl! Thanks for sharing the photos. Will we be seeing photos of the Champagne Silk Dress soon?
Cheryl Lemmons answered:
I need to get someone to help me with a little problem on it. The shoulders didn't fit the same way the muslin did. I have a friend who is great with fit who's going to help me alter it. Then I'll get pictures up.