My Craftcation Tunic

Next weekend I am happy to be taking part for the third time in the third annual Craftcation Conference. It's a super fun event filled with high energy attendees, all taking in both DIY and business knowledge from the presenters, like me.

Since many of the people there aren't necessarily experienced sewers, I always pick classes that can achieve a great final project without a ton of skills. The last two years the garment I taught was a simple elastic waist skirt, but this year's garment is going up a notch, and we are making a whole tunic! The ladies gave me double the amount of time, and I wasn't sure if it would fill up because of the time commitment, but alas it is sold out! So next weekend I will be assisting 15 lovely ladies make this here tunic.

It's pretty straightforward - one piece for the front and one piece for the back with no set in sleeves. The neckline is finished with bias tape and the sleeves are gathered into a band. Simple and satisfying!

Even for an experienced sewer, it's fun to whip up something that only takes a bit of time. This version, made with the adorable border print from the lovely Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cloud9 Fabrics, only took me an hour, from cutting to completion. And when you're in the midst of bigger projects, these easy things can be really satisfying. I might have already made a second one.

Also, as my body is still in transitional mode, a short and breezy tunic will always fit, since it isn't fitted. And I must say, I don't feel quite so weird bearing more leg than usual, since they are pretty firm and muscular these days! Hurrah!

Thanks as usual to my pal Devon for getting these quick shots while we were at Sew L.A. earlier in the week. I'm still not great in front of the camera, but hey, at least I'm still doing it!

Will you be at Craftcation? I look forward to all the new and familiar faces!