Made By Me: The Sewliberated Schoolhouse Tunic
This is the Picture that made me love this dress. I just love this look, especially with the boots, its effortless chic and simple. I have yet to find the exact same/as near as possible fabric as the picture, but i will as it is SEW perfect.
Being so impatient (sew impatient?) and not wanting to wait for the post, I downloaded it and printed it. I don’t mind the PDF format but I like having a collection of neat patterns in their sleeves, although I do really enjoy pattern piecing together. Its kind of therapeutic in a methodical kinda of way, like flat packs ( I love flat packs too… people have told me that i am crazy until they need help making one!)
I went for a light denim stretch that I had ordered online, With black and grey tonal flowers. Yes i am aware that it is summer, but I like having something for the colder days.
This was bought from the textile centre but through their ebay store. They have a very impressive collection at amazing prices, I have ordered some more that are still to be delivered (again through ebay).
A note about the fit, i measured myself and found that i was just short of the top size. i panicked and added an inch each side. I DID NOT NEED THIS. I ended up cutting it off and just sewing the normal size, with room to spare. So don’t panic if the same happens to you, maybe test it out with a toile. Another note on sizing : I am very short, this dress was the perfect length… taller ladies remember it is a tunic and adjust acordingly.
Here you can see the inch added to the pattern in chalk, it was later cut off)
This is a relatively simple sew, any beginner could pick this up, and it dosn’t look simple when finished, with the pleats and hem. I found it a complete joy to sew and the instructions have beautiful little hand drawn diagrams that I just adore.
This is the finished product:
I am just in love with it. I love how the bust is so suited to girls with boobs, and i always wear vests underneath anyway. The pleats are just divine, and the fabric just skims over any lumps and bumps. I chose the elasticated arms and I think this may be something I will incorporate into other patterns as I love the look on.
Ideally i would pair this with some boots like the girl in the pic, but hey i am trying to force summer on myself with the sandals. For an even more casual and easier look i would probably chuck it on over a classic black legging.
Overall, i think that i have found a new fave pattern. Some of my fabric stash that i have tagged for other projects is now being reconsidered for this. I have a beautiful light cotton paisley print that is begging to be a Schoolhouse tunic. Its just a matter of time….
If you need more inspo I spent more time that I care to share looking at other peoples on instagram! I suggest you do the same.
Until the next sew