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Topic: Looking for ideas on updating a tunic  (Read 1573 times)
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« on: November 18, 2013 03:06:32 AM »

I have a very basic tunic (I actually have 3 of them, in different colors and wear none), like this:

I like the shape of it, but it has a couple of problems. First of all, since it's a rather clingy knit and has no focal points at all, it really shows off every wrong curve of the body. And second, it has got lots of tiny little holes on the tummy (from belts, I suppose). So I'd like to eliminate these problems, and for that I thought of using this long strip of stretchy fabric I cut off some oversized dress (it's about 12.5"x135,5"):

Now, being a beginner in sewing, I could do something very simple, like this:

But I wonder if there's something a little more interesting I could do with it, may be something less straight and symmetric. May be add something to the top as well, for another focal point.

So, please, does anyone have any ideas, that are simple enough, yet interesting?
« Last Edit: November 18, 2013 08:51:37 AM by meleriffic - Reason: Revealed images » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2013 05:14:37 PM »

Clingy knit....line it with a polyester. Just draw up a pattern based on the main frame shape. Just a bit smaller...like 1/2" narrower on each side. Just trace it, then stitch, and your seam allowance will pull it in just right.
Attach at the shoulder seams, and you can tack it on the inside hemline, just a bit. It helps to keep it in place when washing. Oh...and fabric softner sheets. I have long hair and carry a lot of static, especially in the winter.

I like your polka dots! And a neat sketch. But, I am almost thinking a kicky pleat skirt at the bottom, with some ruffle frill. Maybe 8" long...just a retro kick. But you could still cover over the "belt boo-boo" and make that fit in with the mix. With a thin waistline thing going on.

Then perhaps a fabric rose on one shoulder at the top. Generally on the left. And you could make that as a "pin on" broach...so you could change it up...and maybe make one the polka dot, and one in red? Or pink...or any other color that could coordinate...everything goes good with black! Then you could swap them out...depending on what you wished to wear, and your SHOES? Purse, etc. Just pin on the new color flower to match. Google it. They are easy to make, and a pin back is easy to glue to fabric.

The roses are basically a "tube" that you stitch, then wrap round and round. And stitch together on the base. Then glue your pin back. You could probably cheat and get away with a large safety pin on the underside of the dress to attach it, too. Just ideas. I love all the re-con that is shared here.


Fart/ reason for "left" is because dance partner has right hand on your waist. "His side", and left is on your shoulder. His side. That way he does not muck up your flower. You can also wear it in your hair.  Roll Eyes The clip or barrett, can also be modified.  Roll Eyes

I don't know how wonderful you will fit in this outfit, but I wish you great outcomes all the same.

Out out, with double ~TT
« Last Edit: November 18, 2013 08:40:08 PM by stillatthetop » THIS ROCKS   Logged

NEW REQUEST: Need quilting fabric with ONLY purple, grey, green. Solids or Prints in any combination/shades, but NO OTHER COLORS ALLOWED. HELP! They are hard to find.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2013 12:43:13 PM »

Thank you so much, I especially love the idea of a pleat skirt! Two color roses might be nice too...
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