I finished the tunic I cut out last week when I was being a freak. It's a Built By Wendy pattern, (but not from the new book) and I really like it. I altered the original pattern, 4111, quite a bit. Some of it was planned, some of it I just changed as I was working on it. I didn't use a casing for the elastic on the bodice or around the arms, like it instructed, I just used narrow elastic and stretched as I stitched it on.
I shortened the sleeves quit a bit and added about 4 inches to the overall length, making it tunic-y rather than blouse-y. I also left the side seams open below my hips, leaving room for my bootie. I used lace as a trim, which I had intended for dolly clothes, but it seemed just right for this. In the super soft corduroy, it turned out really comfortable and I am quite pleased. I have had this dark raisin colored mini-corduroy forever. I bought about 6 yards of it 3 years ago and have used it for 3 pairs of Sadie's pants, plus the new ones here, many hats, a toddler dress, etc. I have loved having it on hand and knowing I have enough to actually make clothes. The only thing is that I use it every year, so the clothes don't seems as "new" because it's that same old corduroy, but still, I think I will do this again, buy 5-6 yards of a great versatile fabric, It's nice knowing I can just use it for whatever.
Sadie, Delia and I just got back from a lovely time in the park with Eireann. She is here visiting a friend and it was so great to meet her in person. Sweet, thoughtful, easy going, and wonderful with the girls-- once again, I am amazed by the whole internet connection. As it lightly rained on us she handled her share of dirty cheese-sticks, empty snack bags, and swing duty like a total trooper. . and thank you for my lovely fabrics, Eireann! I will photograph them as soon as I get done eating the cookies I had extra from your treat bag. And yes, they actually were my lunch. A bit of orange rind is good in chocolate chip cookies, huh?