FO x 2 – Pleat Front Tunic and Refashioned Jeans

Yes peops! FINALLY the sewing famine has ended. Elliott started back at school on Monday and I was back in my sewing room like a rat up a drainpipe as soon as I’d dropped him off. So today I have 2 finished projects to share with you. A pair of jeans that I thrifted for £2 and refashioned from full length bootcut to cropped skinnies (see here for how); AND this pleat front tunic that has been rattling around in my head as an idea for weeks…..

I used this vintage pattern as a starting point and then set to work adapting it to fit my design. I fitted the bodice much more closely (seriously the ease on this pattern was ridiculous!), added bust darts and then sliced the pattern up a bit so I could insert the pleated panel……I opted for a more simple, ungathered skirt portion. I’ve dropped from a size 14/16 to a size 12 (Yay! Yes, you may congratulate me 😉 in the past few weeks, and I didn’t want a heavily gathered skirt adding volume to my newly trimmed down frame!! I think the simplicity of the lines works really well………

I’m putting together some diagrams of the drafting process for later in the week. It’s super easy and I will definately be using the technique again to add some detail and interest to plainer fabrics and garment styles..

There’s a bit of a funny story attached to this make. I wore this outfit on Tuesday to a meeting I had in London to do with the…shhhh…..TV thing…..;)
I had been in a rush to make this tunic the day before and in my haste had neglected to finish the armhole seams securely enough. (I don’t have an overlocker so opted for a simple zig zag seam finish). Well….act in haste repent at leisure! Turns out this fabric (a lightweight wool blogged here) is a b****rd for fraying. Half an hour before my meeting I realised that it had frayed right through my flimsy seam finish and there was a messy and rather obvious hole in one of the underarm seams! I spent the whole meeting with my right arm glued to my side and trying to only move it from the elbow down so as not to expose my slapdashery!

So I shall have to put my thinking cap on as to how to try and rescue this make. I rather like it and it would be a shame to see it consigned to the scrapheap after just one outing!!

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  1. Marie September 9, 2012

    Three things: 1) You look absolutely fantastic Portia, but then again, you always do! 2) I hope I’m not late to the party, but is that new hair you’re sporting as well? It’s lush! 3) I seriously love the pleat front tunic and look forward to more on the drafting process. It’s so chic.

    Oh and a cheeky 4th – is the ‘TV thing’ going ahead do you think? I’m so excited for you on that front!!!

  2. A.J.A. September 10, 2012

    Goodness gracious woman! You look so lovely! Congrats on the weight loss! I bet you feel great, too. The tunic is also very pretty- I love the front detail idea. Also, congrats on your t.v. project! It all sounds so exciting! All wonderful things for you, and you surely deserve it with all of your hard work and the positivity you spread around the blogsphere.

  3. MrsC September 10, 2012

    It is a lovely garment, what a beautiful colour! Really suits you. 🙂 To fix the top, if it has frayed out beyond the seam allowance, top stitch a little patch of the same fabric over that part (undo the seam first though) and then bind the armhole seam with bias tape. If it hasn’t frayed out beyond the seam allowance, just bind it. 🙂
    All the very best for the ‘project’!!

  4. ana5059 September 10, 2012

    You look fantastic, love your hair. Congrats for your tunic and your new size!

  5. didyoumakethat September 10, 2012

    You do look absolutely amazing. I love the pleat details on this tunic. You must make another one!

  6. Lynn September 10, 2012

    Wow! That is a fabulous outfit, and it’s hard to believe it evolved from that pattern! Well done!

  7. A September 11, 2012

    so pretty, the colour suits your hair/complexion so well 🙂 happy sewing!

  8. Evie Jones September 14, 2012

    Love the top…love the colour…love the pleats. Gorgeous.
    Love the hair. Very chic.
    Congratulations on the weight loss. You look fabulous. Not that you didn’t before.


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