Earlier this month The Tunic Bible started popping up across the blogosphere. I’m here to add my voice to the chatter about this wonderful book. A year ago I was approached by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr to participate in a photo gallery for a book they were working on together. I had no clue what the book was going to be about but I knew if Sarah and Julie were involved I wanted to be a part of it. The book was about tunics. The concept was clever; a few interchangeable pattern pieces giving you the opportunity to create many different styles. I must admit that I had never given much thought about tunics until I saw this pattern.
The Tunic Bible pattern allows you to unleash your creativity. I found myself very inspired by the possibilities while working with the pattern. This book will have you thinking about tunics in a whole different way.
For the tunic above I chose the following elements from the book:
- Tunic length
- Side slits
- Outside-facing wide split placket
- Angled collar
- Split cuffs
I used contrasting piping around the placket to match the cuffs.
The fabric is an Italian cotton panel print from Britex in San Francisco. I should have taken a picture of the fabric prior to cutting out the pattern but I was too anxious to get going. Below is the fabric with a few pieces missing.
As you can see by the picture below, one garment made with this pattern was not enough for me. My next project was a sleeveless dress. The fabric is a cotton faille from Britex as well. This time I chose to use the following elements from the book:
- Dress length
- Back darts
- Outside-facing elongated placket
- Band collar
- Invisible side zipper
I added vertical darts in the front for a little extra shaping and narrowed the dress below the hips to the hem. I used piping around the placket to match the decorative ribbon sewed at the bottom of the dress. I also chose to line my dress. The pattern offers a separate cutting line for the sleeveless version allowing for a little more contour rather than just using the block without the sleeve. I think that is a nice detail.
I was eager to try the ruffle cuff sleeve that I had seen on other tunics in the book. This time I chose a cotton voile from my stash. I used the following elements from the book:
- Tunic length (shortened by 1″)
- Back darts
- Side slits
- Outside-facing V Neck placket
- Ruffle cuff
Once again I used piping around the placket. I also used matching purchased bias tape to trim the placket.
The back darts provide shaping.
These are not going to be the only garments I make using The Tunic Bible. I’m just getting started. Your imagination is your only limitation with this pattern. No imagination? No problem, Sarah and Julie have you covered with a whole bunch of inspiring tunics.
The Tunic Bible draws you in with its beautiful pictures of assorted tunics but it’s not just about colorful pictures. There’s a lot of substance to this book. The various elements of the pattern (necklines, collars, sleeves, plackets, etc.) each have their own section in the book. The instructions and associated drawings are clearly explained and easy to understand. The book includes a full size pattern and I believe someone with a little sewing experience would not be intimidated by the prospect of making a tunic. The book also includes detailed information on how to apply trim to your tunic. The authors have even provided a list of resources for fabric and trim to get you started.
What stands out for me is the tunics that are featured in the gallery are accompanied by a list of the tunic elements used for that particular tunic as well as where to find each element in the book. There’s no guessing on how to re-create a certain style. Interested in learning more about The Tunic Bible? Sarah and Julie have a website to accompany the book.
C&T Publishing is offering a free book to one of my blog readers. If you are interested in being entered in the drawing for a copy of The Tunic Bible please let me know by writing a comment to this post before 9 p.m. PST on October 11th, the last day of the blog tour. I will announce the winner on October 12th. The winner will receive their book directly from the publisher. If the winner is outside of the United States they will receive a digital copy of the book. This contest is closed. The winner is Amy Mayer.
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