Friday, June 3, 2016

The Insect Journal Tunic

Is everyone getting tired of New Look 6963? I know... based on the low number of page views, not to mention lack of comments, I must be the most boring sewing blogger on the planet. This fabric, on the other hand, is far from boring. That's it; that's my excuse. The fabric. For me it's all about the fabric and the more I love a fabric the more I want to use a pattern that will be a guaranteed success. Anyway, the fabric. My apologies to anyone with insect phobias.

The first thing I noticed was the insects and the text, which is in French, or at least that's what it looks like to my monolingual* brain, but the more I look at it the more I see. There are several layers of stuff: insects, text, large plants, like old fashioned botanical illustrations, a small faded green and yellow calico print, and large stencil style numerals. I think this might be the most interesting fabric I have ever seen.

As you can see, I made the long, sleeveless version but I actually lengthened it about an inch and a half, not that I really needed to since it's long enough to start with, and I added pockets because I want to wear this with leggings. Last Sunday I wore it with the dark grey leggings. Here's the back:

I sort of wish that the two 5's hadn't ended up right next to each other on the front. I would have preferred having it more random but it's really no big deal. Overall, I love it.

(* I studied Spanish in high school but I only remember maybe a dozen nouns and two verbs but not how to conjugate them.)


  1. Hello, Lynn! Such a beautiful tunic. The fabricis crazy in the best way possible, and I think the classic lines of the tunic are a great match for it. I imagine this piece will prove very, very wearable :-)

  2. Thank you! I love crazy novelty prints but sometimes I pass up one I love because I worry that it's too crazy. I'm starting to get over that though. :-)