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Dusting off my Pattern Making Skills

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I have a tunic that I love.  You can dress it up or dress it down.  Wear it with leggings or skinny jeans.  I bought fabric over a year ago to make my own version of it.  I decided it was time to roll up my sleeves and dust off my pattern making skills.  I used the tunic to make a rough pattern and adjusted as I went.  The only issue I ran into was that I did not have enough of the polka dot fabric to prepare true bias cut binding at the armholes and neckline, so it is cut cross grain and isn’t as soft as I had hoped.  Overall I am happy with the end result and ready to make another one!

the inspiration

the original inspiration

tools of the trade

tools of the trade

copying the original

using the original to make the rough pattern


pattern taking shape


getting the pleats aligned at the front

fabric choices

the fabrics


yes, that is a Brother Project Runway sewing machine

test assembly

Test fit to make sure it is balanced and fits

frt detail

detail of the front bodice

end product

completed tunic with tee and necklace – throw on some leggings or skinny jeans and voila!

Renaissance Woman? Or too distracted to commit to one hobby?

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Photography.  Mixed Media.  Sewing.  Cooking.  Drawing.  Crafting.  Jewelry.  Home Decor.  Writing.

Sometimes I find that I have so many hobbies that I can become overwhelmed and instead of doing any of it, I simply do none of it.  I have so many ideas and so many projects in work that it will take me another 20 years to complete all of them.  I know many of my creative friends who feel the same way.  That’s where the blog has come into the picture.  This actually motivates me to start working on some things.  They don’t have to be monumental, earth-shattering projects.  Something that makes me smile or feel a sense of accomplishment will do.  So I ask you – am I a modern day Renaissance Woman, or simply too distracted to commit to one hobby?

beach tree

Photography – Oregon Coast

wedding card

Mixed Media- torn paper wedding card

sitting cushion

Sewing – sitting cushion

turkey plantain salad

Cooking- turkey, onion, plantain, avocado on a bed of cabbage with cilantro lime dressing


Drawing – pencil drawing of hands

button art

Crafting- button art

black bib necklace

Jewelry – felt, beaded, sequin bib necklace


Home Decor – stripped, stained, painted, and refinished dresser

new blog

Writing – my blog