Two and a Half Hour Tunic

Saturday, June 8, 2013

You may recall some fabric I found on my last op shop tour, $4 from Vinnie's in Hampton, material that popped out at me when I least expected, right at the top of a trolley o' fabric:

Once unraveled, I soon realised I had metres of the stuff, I haven't actually calculated how much of it I have, but it is a lot. The fabric is polyester, but the quality is good, screen printed in Japan.

Going back to one of my first ever pieces made from scratch; a tunic made from a sheet, I've used the same 1980's eBay'd sewing pattern to make another tunic dress for myself out of this super material.

Once again, I did not go with the contrast angular panels as seen in the pattern image, instead taping the tissue pattern pieces together to cut the tunic front whole.


The entire tunic took me 2.5 hours from beginning to end.  It is a simple pattern, and easy to sew, I added a further half an hour onto my time as I decided to make a matching sash belt.  As it turns out, the tunic looks better without the belt:

Tunic with sash belt

 Tunic with sash from the back

 Tunic without sash

Covering the bump, for now, not for too long though

I wore it to the Creative SustainAbility exhibition opening last night in St Kilda, where my upcycled upholstery sample patch dress and zipper brooches are on display in the St Kilda Town Hall Gallery.  I will be writing a separate blog post on the exhibition opening night shortly:

Shared with Visible Monday , The Thrift Collective and Handmaker's Factory.



Doodlebags said...

Great to see such excellent upcycling!

thewardrobesurgeon said...

Great job :)

Debra said...

what a lucky score that fabric was! Love the upcycled upholstery sample patch dress too.

photosarah said...

Love the fabric! I've been trying to find things in similar prints with little luck. It looks great on you.

elseseven said...

I love that tunic! So very cool and great idea on the pattern. Some 80's patterns have really great cuts, even though in general it was the decade fashion forgot...or wait - was that the 90's. And much belated congrats on the bump. x

Iliska Dreams said...

Yay! Isn't it exciting when you find fabric at Vinnies that you know you are meant to have. Love your boots

Adin B said...

Wow! You got some fabrics. My friend and I went rummage sale shopping last Friday and she found some lovely vintage fabrics that I wish I found them first. :( Anyway, your dress turned out lovely. Love the print. And Congratulations, by the way. :)

Lazy Madonna said...

Oh, good job! It actually looks very similar to a Country Road tunic I picked up from Salvos a few weeks ago. Fabric and style are very similar.

Barbara A Mizzoni Young said...

Congratulations on the soon to be addition to your family. I really need to take some sewing classes. The dress is fabulous and the fabric is a delight. Can't wait to read about the exhibit. Found you via You have a new follower pn Bloglovin'

Barbara @

Bec Z said...

Looks great Erica, love the fabric! I need to get my sewing machine out more and sew ;-) thanks for linking up. Bec

Patti said...

looks fabulous! I really love the fabric and the flowy shape. thanks for sharing with Vis Monday! xoxo

Cerise Wade said...

So cute! I love it without the sash.

Virginia Megin Gallagher said...

Both dresses are darling! I love how simple it is but it looks great with leggings and boots!
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Mrs C said...

I have no words but WOW!!

MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)

Erica Louise said...

Just want to say thanks so much for all your really kind comments on this tunic!

Lazy Madonna - interesting that you found a similar Country Road tunic!

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

Very cute, great job and super choice of fabric! Besides that, it looks so nice on you! Clever girl.

James @ Mma gear UK said...

Very Very cute and lovely. It just looks so vintage to me love the fabric and color choice.

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