Simplicity 2365: DIY animal print tunic top
Hello there Friends,
After my fairly time consuming quilted jacket, I decided to do something easy. This tunic top is made using Simplicity 2365, a top I have made before. I confess, I have worn the first version of this top maybe once. Why? I felt it was too short to wear with jeans and, whilst not tight, was just a tad snug at the bust. This time around I added two inches to the length and about 0.25 inches at each of the front princess seams. There probably wasn’t any need to do this, as the fabric I made this in has a slight crinkle effect and so it’s more forgiving that the cotton I used last time.
Speaking of the fabric, it’s this one, purchased from Stone Fabrics ages ago. With house move looming I am trying to sew as much from my stash and this is another such fabric. It is a wool challis. It’s the first time I have worked with this fabric. I will be honest, I ordered this fabric (without ordering a swatch, tsk) simply because I loved the look of the animal print. When it arrived, I was a bit taken aback, having never worked with wool challis, I was surprised with the feel of it…I didn’t really know what to make of it. It is very light weight, almost sheer, and this particular fabric has a slight creased effect. But, anyway, I pre-washed the fabric (using non-biological detergent on a delicate cycle), and it seems to be fine. I serged all the insides. Oh, and I used a Palmer/Pletsch sheer fusible interfacing for the collar, sleeve bands and tabs. There is a great write-up on wool challis here on PR.com
It’s still too cold to really wear this top in all it’s glory, but I can throw a cardigan over it and it will work now. But when the weather warms up I think I will wear this top LOTS. It is just so light and airy and comfortable. I know it’s hard to see the details, but there are 10 little tucks in the front and tabs on the sleeves. I wish I had had enough fabric to cut the longer length sleeves but no matter.
I really wanted to make this top to join in with Anne’s Jungle January. There were some great pieces featured. Animal print is a neutral in my book…year round suitability. Be brave and rwaaaarrrrr!
Until next time….
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