It's not the tailgating, rooting for my favorite team, or enjoying the game with the other screaming fans that has me pumped for football this season. It's my sewing machine. No, really. I've converted my dining room into a sewing room and while Matthew is glued to the TV (and laptop so he can be on the message boards while watching the game) I can steal away into a craft oblivion.
So far, I've made the girl's a few of these tunics. They LOVE them and LOVE picking out their own fabric online. It's fun to have them in my sewing room visiting and picking out the patten and fabric they want while I cut it out and piece it together. Emma Kate chose this fabric and while I had intended on making lunch-box napkins and snack bags with it, she really wanted another tunic made from it...so we did!
The pattern is from the Sis Boom team of Jennifer Paganelli (do you recognize the West Indies fabric used in the facing?!) and Carla Crim (geniuses in fabric design and pattern making). Carla's patterns (she is none other than the Scientific Seamstress) are modern, quick, and EASY! This tunic took all of two hours from start to finish to make and it is roomy and comfortable. I added a little extra fabric in the front facing cut out to make it a bit more modest and so that she doesn't need a shirt underneath.
The fabric used is from an etsy shop, Down Shadow Lane. She has the most organized shop, which makes finding a specific designer or line SO EASY! This apple and pear fabric is by Alexander Henry and in most places is about $9 a yard, but Jen carries his fabrics for around $6.75 a yard! She also carries my favorite Jennifer Paganelli fabrics starting at $6.00 a yard which is a few dollars less per yard than most places! If you are looking for Heather Bailey, Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry and other designer fabrics for a low price, you should check out Jen from Down Shadow Lane. Her fabric arrived just two days after ordered and was wrapped beautifully. So glad to have found her!