Today I am introducing you to the last (but certainly not the least) of the four patterns in my collaboration with Sew News Magazine for their new Sew With Me series. Please welcome the East Side Tunic!
The East Side Tunic is a perfect blend of seriously comfy and tailored. It’s the ideal throw-on-and-go item, while still being filled with loads of interesting details. The tunic features pintucks that are topstitched from the shoulder seam and end just above the bust. This releases the fabric for the bust without the use of a bust dart.
There is a center front seam, which ends 3” before the neckline, giving you a topstitched slit at the neck. You can topstitch just the opening, or you can optionally topstitch the entire seam from neckline to hem if you love exposed topstitching as much as I do!
On the side seams at the hem are 6” vents that are also topstitched. Again, you can choose to topstitch just the opening, or carry the exposed stitching all the way to the armhole if you prefer. The hem is also topstitched as well. (Topstitching for the win!) The tunic has short set-in sleeves, but it easily could be worn sleeveless if you prefer it that way.
Around the neck is a flat collar that is only on the front of the tunic and is sewn into the shoulder seams. The collar is topstitched as well of course. And the entire thing is finished off by bias binding that is also topstitched onto the neckline, extending to long ties that are tied into a bow at the front center seam. Please note: the collar is entirely optional. I know it’s not for everyone, which is why it’s just a simple add on that is very easily left out.
For me, the key to a tunic is the length. I have seen garments that I would call a top or a blouse being called a tunic. But to me, the length is really what takes an item from a top to a tunic. I like wearing tunics with leggings, but I will not show my crotch area in leggings unless I'm in yoga class. So the East Side Tunic is designed to go beyond that point of the body, so you can feel covered and yet not like you're wearing a dress. It's a fine line between a short dress, or a long top!
I have sewn the tunic up in some dreamy Cotton + Steel rayon and left the collar off. I made the ties extra long and it is the most lovely drapey top that is so easy to wear and feels like secret pajamas! We all love that, right? I have also sewn it in quilt weight cotton with the collar and did all contrast topstitching, since that fabric is really stable and is ideal for that kind of detailing.
When the editors at Sew News asked me for a tunic, much like the Josie Sundress, the word tunic is very loose and I knew I could go really far with it. So I filled it with all kinds of fun details that I love. I figured that the Anya Skirt and Departure Shift were classic by definition, so the Josie Sundress and East Side Tunic were patterns that I could have a little more fun with.
The original inspiration for the tunic is the lady on the logo of my favorite veggie burger joint in Paris–East Side Burgers–which is also where the name came from of course. The restaurant is only a few blocks from our apartment and my man and I eat there frequently when in town. I fell hard for the sweet lady that is on all their marketing material and I knew I wanted to wear what she was wearing. It was only a jumping point, as you can see that my tunic has sleeves and I made my own creative choices for all that you cannot see in the logo, but that’s where it started from.
I also took the green background from the color of their logo as well. So for me, this tunic really reminds me to Paris more than any of the others.
So that’s all the patterns! To recap there’s the Josie Sundress, the Departure Shift, the Anya Skirt, and the East Side Tunic. Next week I will show you images of all these patterns sewn up and modeled on a person, as well as the teaser trailer for the accompanying videos that you can buy to go with the patterns if you want. Note that it is entirely optional to get the videos and you can just purchase the patterns solo if you like.
Also, we have a tentative release date of December 4, but I will make an official announcement when I have a firm date. If you are unaware, on top of my recent loss, Ellen March, the editor of Sew News Magazine, was just diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. So needless to say, we’re doing our best to keep the things moving forward, but more immediate and important things have pushed this project a little. So stay tuned for a final release date soon and thanks for your understanding!