Friday, October 26, 2012

Simplicity 2245 - Navy Tunic

Awhile ago I was inspired by this photo via Pinterest. I liked the layers, the simple lines and the mix of neutral colors. I was pretty convinced that her dress was navy, but now I think it's actually dark grey. It took me awhile to get over the "no-no" of navy and black together, but lately I really like it. Same with brown and black. So, this is me combining as many neutral colors as possible:

Simplicity 2245

The tunic is the noteworthy item here. The pattern is Simplicity 2245, a lisette pattern that I purchased awhile ago. I made View B, the tunic.


Based on other reviews and the fact that my fabric had some stretch, I went down two sizes. I also added darts in the back for a more streamlined shape there. There were no changes otherwise - this is an easy project!

Simplicity 2245

The pockets are a great feature of this pattern. The instructions for completing them are great - they look more complicated than they are.

Simplicity 2245

The fabric is a stretch cotton blend with tone-on-tone stripes. I like the subtle texture the stripes create. Just for the fun of it, I cut the yoke piece on the cross grain.

Simplicity 2245

The neckline closes in back with buttons and loops, but I don't actually need them for getting in and out of the tunic. However, I suspect I would need them if my fabric didn't stretch. These two lovely anchor buttons were waiting in the button jar for just such a time as this.

Simplicity 2245

I also made the leggings, sometime last winter from a Burda pattern. They're made from ponte knit, so they're heavy enough to be warm and opaque enough for me to feel sufficiently covered.

9 comments:

  1. Cute! And easy to wear too. I like the navy blue colour.

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  2. Love this tunic, when you say you put some darts in the back - do you mean vertical ones? Have made 2 tunics now that are just a bit sack like despite darts but really like the shape of yours.

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    1. Yes, vertical darts - one on each side of the center back. I added them after trying it on, so it was mostly completed. That allowed me to adjust them to the most flattering depth and length.

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  3. i'm so in love with this dress, i need to find this pattern somewhere

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  4. I'm looking to find a copy of this pattern but I can't find it anywhere. If anyone is ready to let theirs go I'd be willing to buy it from you!

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  5. I pinned this post a long time ago b/c I loved the look of the navy with neutrals. I finally made a dress (totally different pattern) and have an outfit with the same kind of look but done my way :)
    http://makingmorewithless.blogspot.ca/2014/02/dress-2-for-me.html
    So, thanks for the inspiration!!

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    1. Thanks for sharing the link to your dress, Suzanne! It looks lovely. This outfit remains a favorite of mine to wear - cute and comfortable. I hope you enjoy yours, too!

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  6. If you want to sell this pattern, I would like to purchase.

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  7. I have been looking for a copy of this pattern, is there a chance you would sell yours or be willing to let me make a copy of it and return it to you? Pnachtigal at cox dot net

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