Those tunics I told you about in my last post. Well I finished them yesterday morning, just in time to pop one on before heading off to Little Bun's dance class. I made a couple at the same time as I'm getting very bored with my winter clothes. I thought some more floral attire would make me feel cheerier and more able to cope with this last bit of freezing greyness. All I have to do is look down and I feel brighter already.
I'd bought a metre of the new reddish aster print an age ago to make a tunic, but the blue fabric was added to the pile just out of pure love for the print. I find it hardest to decide what to use fabric for when it's old, therefore a one off and I love it. I worry that if I make it into something I won't like in a few months then that will be a real waste of something so lovely. Then I just stash it away and leave it there until the perfect thing for it to be dawns upon me. Some became a taking things out making bag and a bit more has become the most perfect tunic. I still have tons left for smaller projects so I'm very happy indeed.
I've quite a few of these tunics now all made from a pattern I copied from a friend. Most days I wear jeans. Skinny, straight, or a bit wider - in the summer I roll the bottoms up (but I do brave dresses far more then). Jeans are just so easy to throw on when you're in a hurry and you don't have a posh job (like me). Wearing jeans means there's more time to think about what's going on up top to make my outfit more interesting and make me feel happy. If I don't feel happy I always feel less confident for the day. To my mind I could look completely awful to everyone else, but as long as I feel good then I can get on with a smile.
I've always loved layering my clothes. I like playing about with colours and textures and then adding bright rings and brooches. In a nutshell having a cheery tunic is the perfect solution for me on a day when I'm in a real hurry as I can just chuck it on and feel good straight away. The best bit is it hides the less than best bits when my tummy is all bloated and sad.
Sometimes I wear my tunics loose and other times I put a belt around the middle to show I do actually have a waist. I've made them all in different lengths depending on the look I fancy. The Bun's loved them too so they have a few in their collection (I sized the pattern down to fit). Miss Rosey wears hers as tunics and for Little Bun they're dress length. Which to be honest, this is a dress pattern. I'm so tall it's a tunic and on someone else it would actually be a dress.
Apologies for the fuzziness, bad light and different staff, but you get the general idea. When I was ironing the tunics Little Bun wandered in and asked me why I don't sell these as she thought other people would like them too. I've been thinking for a while now about making different things to sell. It would be lovely to make all sorts of joyful tunics for other people to enjoy. I'm thinking of offering these for sale in my etsy shop with a selection of fabrics to choose from if all goes to plan. These are all just ideas at the moment so I'd really appreciate any ideas you might have on this one.
In fact all the ideas and support you give me here is always fabulous. I really have to thank you for that.
Be back soon. Though goodness knows when as I'm doing an extra half-day again tommorow and then I volunteered to help take Little Bun's class to church for an Easter Service practice.