Have you heard about The Tunic Bible by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr? You may know Sarah from her Goodbye Valentino blog. The book comes with a basic tunic pattern, and some instructions for basic fit alterations. I’d suggest also using Fit for Real People to make sure the basic pattern really fits. After you achieve the perfect fit, the book explains how to create a million different tunics with the basic block. It contains tons of inspirational examples, and your imagination is the only limit.
Were the Instructions Easy to Follow?
The hardest part for Bonnie was choosing which design to use. She found the instructions clear, but would like to see some more detailed illustrations and photos.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
You need to trace the pattern pieces because they are separated in odd spots on the included pattern sheets. Bonnie found that mildly annoying. She was also a little confused by the many necklines included in the basic pattern. While the tracing took a little time, now she has a Swedish Tracing Paper pattern she can use many more times.
Bonnie used our St. James Striped Ponte in Navy and Kelly (one of Sarah Gunn’s favorite fabrics, by the way). The fabric is 70% Rayon, 20% Polyester, and 5% Spandex. It’s a great wash-and-wear double knit that doesn’t cling too much. Bonnie found it easy to sew with.
Pattern alterations or design changes:
For her Tunic Bible maxi dress in a St. James Knit, Bonnie added ½-inch to the bust on the front and back pattern pieces (2 inches total). Because she used a knit, however, she didn’t need the extra room. The pattern calls for self-binding the neckline, which didn’t work for a thick knit, so Bonnie drafted a neckline facing. She applied interfacing to the front placket, but not the neckline facing. And, of course she lengthened the tunic to maxi length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and Yes! As I type this, Bonnie is in her workshop making another tunic out of two gauzy cottons. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Tunic Bible Maxi Dress in St. James Knit Conclusion:
Bonnie will use this pattern again and again, and I am itching to make it as well!