Hot! The “Not Quite Plain White” Tunic

The Facts

Fabric ⁃  3 yards of white with blue flowers quilters cotton.  I got this fabric a few years ago using a $50 gift card that I cot for $25 so the fabric ended up costing about $4 per yard for a total of $12.
Pattern: ⁃ McCall’s 6167 view C  on sale for 99 cents
Year: ⁃  2010
Notions: ⁃ 7 buttons for $2.00
Time to complete: ⁃ About 9 hours.  The tucks gave me fits and I always forget how long cuffs and collars take.
First worn: ⁃  Saturday with my jeggings.
Wear again? ⁃ I’m sure I will wear it again but have no plans to make it again.  This pattern is going into my donate pile.

Total  price: $15.00

I ordered myself a pair of jeggings a few weeks ago without realizing I didn’t  have anything to wear with them.  I decided the buttons challenge was just the time to make myself something just slightly more interesting then a plain white shirt.  I particularly like that this fabric has a blue print that is both simple and larger scale.  I also liked the tuck detail for the version I picked until I started sewing them.  That is really where the wheels began to come off the wagon.  I marked them carefully and sewed. Simple enough right?  Not so much.  They weren’t even, then the sides didn’t, match, and then I’m not sure but I spent about 2 yours removing and sewing tucks.  After all that I didn’t want them to fade into the shirt so I added a wavey detail that I had come across in a Japanese pattern book.

All in all I’m pleased with the results.  I haven’t quite decided how I feel about wearing jeggings but that is hardly a sewing related issue.





Stephanie mother tried to teach her how to sew growing up but she didn't really get serious about it until her 4 year old daughter was born and she wanted to put her in fancy smocked dresses. Since then, she has learned to smock and sew. Her blog and screen name come from the initials of her two children Elijah who is 8 and Emily who is 4.


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  1. I really like it and the wavy detail looks fab!

  2. This is a great tunic and I love your tucks, really yummy details! A great look with jeggings!

  3. The tunic looks great with the jeggings (I’m not sure about those either, not on you, they look great, but I haven’t bought any), I feel your pintuck pain….. worth it though

  4. the tucks are excellent and the material is very nice. (I’m not sure how I feel about jeggings either)

  5. Those pintucks are bananas, i’d be very proud of those, well done on persevering.

  6. That fabric is gorgeous and your pintucks are insane!!!! Such a good job!

  7. I just watched a “sewing with Nancy show” on t.v. that had a shirt, similar to your shirt pattern. The shirt was an upcycled mans shirt, or larger shirt than you would normally wear. They had cut the shirt into at the bodice and had took the bottom lower half and reversed it by having no buttons below the bodice on front, the back has buttons below the bodice. I thought it was a very interesting way to get the tunic look, with hardly andy sewing. You can always add trim, a tie at the bodice, darts etc. all similar to your pattern.

  8. Cute! Those pintucks are fantastic! You’re hard work certainly paid off :-)

  9. I LOVE the wavy detail – your hard work really shows!