A shorter version of this post first appeared on the Cali Fabrics blog, and I received some of the fabric in return for being part of their blogging team!
I’m not fooling anyone with these secret pyjamas… but I do think everyone will envy me for looking so dang comfortable! I decided over the summer that I need to start wearing and sewing tunics, which necessitates two things: tunics, and totally opaque leggings! Today I’m coming at you with the tunic, but soon I’ll be telling you more about the leggings, too.
Tessuti’s Ilsa is a trapezoid shape, with narrow hips and sleeves, and a batwing effect over the torso. I love the combination of boxy and fitted, and I’ve worn my previous two versions much more than I expected! The front pattern piece wraps over the shoulders and becomes the yoke for the back. I wanted to highlight those seams in the busy print, so I coverstitched them in cream thread.
I scooped out the neckline a little (ok, no, I actually cut off my first neckband and attached one below!) but it’s still a little high in the front. I guess my rayon versions draped and stretched more! For this version, I added a wide hem-band to lengthen it into a tunic. It can also be pulled up above the hips and worn as a shirt!
Can we just talk about how cosy double brushed poly is? It’s perfect for the cool weather of fall. It’s not as warm as wool, but it *feels* much cosier than the cool touch of rayon. It does pill a bit with lots of wear, but I’d expect that of any fuzzy fabric.
I’ve got a few projects coming up where I explore the colours in Pantone 2017 colour palette for fall, starting with this great burgundy colour. Next up I’m adding in some pink, and then I’ll show you how I’ve refreshed my wardrobe with a mini-capsule in the Pantone colours! I hope you enjoy – if you follow me on Instagram then you’ve already seen how it turned out! in
How do you update your wardrobe each season?