The “sparkly plaid” Tunic

Let me begin this week with the warning that you will be seeing way more of Emily then you do of me in the coming weeks.  You see Emily has gotten too tall for most if not all of her winter clothes from last year so unless I want to go on a shopping spree I’ve got some serious work to do and if you haven’t yet guessed I love sewing little girl clothes.  This is a little tunic from Ottobre 6/2010.  I made a few modification.  I added a good bit of length to both the body and the sleeves.  I also choose to do an elastic casing for the neck and arms instead of pleating.  This was because I wanted to be able to adjust the neck if need be and because she likes for her sleeves to stay up when she pushes them up to wash her hands.  The fabric is I had my eye one for a bit.  Its purple and pink with some shiny purple and pink threads running through it.  My mom made me a blouse that had shiny gold threads in the plaid when I was about Emily’s age and I loved it so I was pretty sure she would too.  I guess that’s about all there is to say.  We’re pleased with this one.  She has shorts on in the picture but will be wearing it with jeans or leggings this winter.  One of my goals for this winter is to convince this little girl that girls can wear pants so I’m going to make mostly pants, tops, and tunics instead of dresses.  Needless to say this will be an adjustment for both of us but as she’s getting older its a needed one I think.

The Facts

Pattern: Ottobre 6/2010 design 25

Fabric: 1.5 yards of plaid from JoAnn I think it was 40% off of $6.00/yard forgive me for skipping the math

Notions: elastic

First worn: For pictures.  Its still hot here.

Wear again: I sure hope so.  Hopefully, without me reminding her how hard Mommy worked on it and how much I like it.



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. She’s a darling and the dress is so sweet on her. Nice work!

  2. Have fun making Emily clothes! She’ll be the best dressed girl in town.

  3. It is always nice to see little girls modestly dressed and in something other than pink. Emily is a cutie – and a well-dressed one at that.

  4. This mix of plaids on the diagonal is one of our favorites. I have made a number of skirts and used a salvage edge for the bottom for extra flair for the daughter who now mostly wears jeans. Emily has flair.

  5. Love the straight and diagonal plaid – and that you are sewing things that are needed. And Emily is always an adorable model!

  6. Adorable..look forward to seeing Emily’s new fall wardrobe.. Enjoy the dress wearing,while she still loves it.. So adorable in the cute dresses… Happy sewing.