Monday, May 14, 2012

Lotus Sew-a-Long Day 5 and Pattern Review

Whew! What a week! Our Amy Butler Lotus Tunic Sew-a-Long is now over and done with. Yippeee!!! So great to have a finished garment, and just in time for Mother's Day weekend too! Please check out our Flickr group to see even more pics, including those of my partner Cara's top/dress too. Click on the links below to get up to speed on our progress this week:

Lotus Tunic Intro
Lotus Day 1: Tracing and Cutting
Lotus Day 2: Sewing
Lotus Days 3 and 4: Lining

I'm not going to keep you in suspense any longer! Here's my shortened version of the Lotus Tunic:

I made this top about 5 inches shorter than the pattern called for since I wanted something to wear with leggings or jeans. I am so pleased with how it turned out! On me, the fit was perfect! There is definitely something to be said for a nicely tailored garment. If anything, I'd take it in around the natural waist/hips a little more, but I'm happy with a figure-flattering a-line look too. Here's the back:
I just think the sleeves on this garment are adorable!!
By the last day of our Sew-a-Long, all I still needed to do was hem my garment. However, I inadvertently made my muslin lining just a touch smaller than the outer shell. Ooops! So I had to open and fix one seam, then I was able to hem it just fine. It went really quickly, thankfully!

Just a few notes about this pattern, in the vein of a review: the Lotus Tunic is a very easy pattern to follow. This is the third Amy Butler pattern I've used so far and I've been happy with the results every time! As with any garment you're working on, definitely try it on midway and adjust for fit issues. My hubby is a good helper with this. He does computerized drafting all day long, so measurements come naturally to him! I ended up making my seams around the bust/shoulder area smaller than the pattern called for (about 5/8" as opposed to 1/2") and a smidge bigger than 1/2" from the hips down. What can I say...I'm kinda a giant rectangle!!

Also, if you decide to shorten the tunic like I did, you might need to trim off more than 5 inches. I'm nearly six feet tall, so 5" wouldn't be nearly enough for you petite ladies. :) And I'd advised shortening it if you are of average or petite height. The tunic was absolutely more of a dress on my friend Cara, my Sew-a-Long partner.

In any case, please note that this pattern calls for more fabric than necessary, especially if you're going to shorten it. This shortened garment is a size Large, and I used 1 1/2 yards of main fabric and maybe a little more than a fat quarter's worth of fabric for the coordinating pieces. For the full tunics I'm making for my sister and my second top, I used 2 yards of main fabric.

Finally...about the lining: I can see making this top piece by piece with the lining already sewn to the pattern pieces. Muslin is so light and pliable, I don't think it would add any discernible bulkiness to the seams that way. Maybe, but I don't know. Any more experienced seamstresses want to weight in on this?

I better run! Next up I'll be posting pics and a pattern review of the Amy Butler Blue Sky Sun Hat! I made two, one for my Grandma's Mother's Day gift and then one for myself. :) And, of course, I'll soon be finishing and posting pics of the other two Lotus Tunics I have in the works. Can't wait!


Elsie May 22, 2012 at 7:58 PM  

This looks soo adorable on you!!! I WANNNNNNT!


Bridgette May 23, 2012 at 7:20 AM  

Thanks!! Send me some fabric and your measurements! :)

Elsie May 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM