Hot! The “Not Really My Color” Tunic

The Facts
Fabric: Yellow knit from mom’s estate sale loot, $0 to me!
Pattern: Inspired by Kazz’s famous sewing-in-the-square trend!
Year: Contemporary
Notions: Thread
Time to complete: 2 hours (Olympics coverage)
First worn: For pics
Wear again? Perchance
Total price: ~$0!!
I don’t usually go for yellow. Despite my use of yellow accessories two weeks ago, I have a known aversion to it in general. Orange too – despite my “On Trend” shorts attempt. I know other people that can totally make it work. Not me.

I knew that whatever I was going to make I probably wouldn’t wear much again. So I decided to go for something that a) didn’t cost me that much, and b) could be completed in a very short time. And thus I got to finally try out Kazz’s famous square sewing!

My mom found this huge length (5 yards maybe?) of Rayon knit at an estate sale last year for $1 (along with two Stretch & Sew patterns and some other fabric I’ve already used up). She said I could have as much of it as I wanted. I held on to it for a little while but ultimately passed it back to her because I didn’t have a plan for it either. So when this challenged popped up it was still there in her stash waiting for a use.

I found there were some flaws in the knit about one inch from the selvedge, but it had to be hemmed anyway so it wasn’t an issue really. I worry that it looks like a smock when unbelted. So I tried a few different RTW belts from my collection.



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. Great looking top.. I think you wear yellow well..

  2. It’s a fun experience to try something new without investing too much time and money. Good for you. I like it with the belt and despite the color it looks comfy.

  3. I think the shape is fantastic on you, but it’s not quite the right shade of yellow . Since it’s rayon, it should be dyeable – you should give it a try! I’d love to see what would happen if you ombre dyed it from the neck – leaving the hem still yellow. Maybe red? Or blue?

  4. Hey Liz, sounds cool what Leimomi is suggesting. I’m pretty sure eventually Mena will have a die challenege. I think the style of the shirt looks great on you and comfortable.

  5. I’ve been looking for that pattern to make a tunic for myself. Where do I find that pattern?

    This top looks lovely on you!!!

  6. The shape looks great on you – love the boatneck. (So you pretty much just took two squares and sewed them together?) But I agree, this shade of yellow really doesn’t look that great on you. Leimomi’s idea sounds great. Or maybe it’s actually too much trouble to dye it and you could easily make another top like this in a different color.

    • Yup, rectangles really. I added a few inches of ease to my bust measurement and that was my width. And the length just comes from the width of the fabric.

  7. Maybe I’m crazy but I like the color on you. I don’t think anyone thinks they look very good in yellow. I like Leimomi’s idea too though I don’t know if you think it’s worth your time.