I acquired the Craftsy Weekender Dress pattern as part of a kit and while I had some issues with it, I found the resulting dress to be both comfortable and flattering. So when I came across this tunic version on Patterns Reviews, I was immediately inspired to make my own version.
Just a couple of differences in my version: I didn’t use lace for the waistband and, obviously, I made it long-sleeved (with a bit of a bell shape at the cuffs).
I’m kind of wondering why I included this in my “spring/summer” capsule wardrobe since at this point it may be too warm for long sleeves (well, that aren’t an outer layer that can be removed). Oh well! It’s ready for fall, at least.
It’s been so long since I started this that I can’t remember where the fabric came from. Pretty sure it’s either cotton jersey or a cotton spandex knit from Girl Charlee. The lace is just the borders from a wide piece of stretch lace I got at a local fabric store.
About that capsule wardrobe . . . Now that we’ve had a few warm days and I’ve been wearing more of my warm-weather clothes, I’ve realized that my favorite, favorite thing right now is layering knee-length dresses over ruffled midi or maxi skirts. So I’ve moved a couple of tops into dresses and added some underskirts. I’ve also realized that I have a couple more pieces in my closet that are still workable even though my initial intention had been to replace them and/or I didn’t originally think they would work well with the other pieces. In the process, my 22-piece wardrobe has grown to 25. Oops. I think some of these may not really be necessary (and it’s possible that once I start wearing them I’ll find that actually some don’t get worn much even though right now I really, really want to make them). Well, it’s a learning process! Here’s my much-modified and updated plan:
Spring/Summer Capsule Wardrobe Sewing Queue
- MAKE: Knee-length Hollyburn in black cotton poplin; white lining with white eyelet ruffle (longer than overskirt); contour waistband; elastic in back of waistband
- MAKE: Maxi petticoat skirt in black voile, gathered at waist with back elastic
DONE: Brown midi petticoat skirt (decided to keep this as-is after all)
- IN PROCESS: Blue denim Hollyburn–need to take in waistband
- IN PROCESS: Black floral circle skirt with attached black eyelet petticoat–need to replace waistband
DONE: White midi petticoat(made this sometime last year, but am now considering it part of this capsule wardrobe)
- IN PROCESS: Brown maxi petticoat skirt (this needs a new waistband and closure–like most of my half-finished projects, haha–but would work well in the wardrobe if I fix it!)
DONE: Sweetheart t-shirt in white interlock (from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual)
- MAKE: Sweetheart t-shirt in black jersey (keeping this on the list after all since while I do have a couple of black t-shirts, they’re not quite right–and now I know the Sweetheart tee works well)
DONE: Peplum top from Lady Skater in cream jersey HAVE: Black & white polka dot Bronte top HAVE: Gray & black horses print Bronte top DONE: Black tunic top from Weekender Dress pattern
- IN PROCESS: Black gauze top–need to add shirring to waist
HAVE: Gray floral Lady Skater HAVE: Black and gray Weekender Dress HAVE: Green and pink floral Lady Skater HAVE: Green knee-length dress with neck ties (purchased)
- MAKE: Green Lady Skater w/ collar and back zip
- MAKE: Dress in black interlock with Nevermore collar (Simplicity 1699 view B, however, may use the Lady Skater for this, too)
- MAKE: Long-sleeve bolero in gray (or black?) linen or laceweight sweater knit or lightweight sweatshirt fleece (Butterick 5232) (currently, I’m jonesing for a ballet cardigan instead, so may change this)
- HAVE: Olive military jacket (purchased, but need to fix closures)
HAVE: Gray jersey elbow-length cardigan w/ ruffles (purchased) HAVE: Black and cream lightweight sweater knit cardigan (purchased) HAVE: Jean jacket (purchased)