The “Why did this take me so long?” tunic | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: Anna Maria Horner dobby dot fabric ($? – I can't remember!)
Pattern: Anna Maria Horner Roundabout Dress and Slip
Year: c. 2009
Time to complete: 1 year. Should take the average seamstress, stuffing the half finished project behind a bin notwithstanding, about 3.5 hours.
First worn: June 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: $I have no clue!$
Procrastination. It has plagued my family for centuries. Or at least it's plagued me throughout my life. One of those.
Like any crafter worth their salt, I am also a bit of a hoarder. Not the "OMG there are 100 cats in there!" kind of hoarder you see on TLC, a much more sinister kind: I'm a half-finished project hoarder.
When I heard that this week's challenge was going to be all about the UFO again, my first reaction was "Thank goodness. I have SO MANY things to finish!" then followed by "Oh no. I have SO MANY things to finish." How can you pick just one?!?
The brightness of the fuchsia fabric hit me first. Then the realization that I had all the required pieces to create this project. YES! Decision made: the Roundabout Dress and Slip, abandoned and stuffed behind a bin of fabric from last year, will be my UFO this week.
I used Anna Maria Horner's dobby fabric from her Little Folks line (purchased God knows where for who knows how much!) to make the simple, drop waist dress/tunic and it was a dream to sew with. I learned from using that slippery polyester that a silk thread will glide through the fabric like butter, so I stocked up on it at my local Jo Ann's (see also: I couldn't find any matching thread at home. Past Sarah – how were you planning on sewing this item? Seriously.)
The only complicated parts of this project were the pleats on the neckline and the bias tape used to finish the neckline. Seperate, they are easy sewing tasks. Together they seemed to be the oil and water of the sewing world – they just wouldn't match up! I finally wrestled the bias tape into positon and all was right in the world. Or at least in my project.
After finishing, I can say I will definitely wear it again – as a tunic. It looks lovely over skinny jeans or over leggins, but as a dress? A little too short for my taste! At least it's lightweight – it's literally 100 degrees here right now and I can use all the lightweight clothing I can get.