Tiptoe Through The Tunics

Remember I made a tunic for Madamoiselle Tialys the Younger recently? (If not it’s here). Well, I fancied making one for myself and it just so happened I had the perfect fabric already in my stash which doesn’t happen very often.

Not last time, but the time before that when Ali over at Thimberlina organised the Yorkshire Spoolettes meet up, she ran a competition for people who couldn’t attend to guess the total mileage undertaken by all the people who did.  By some amazing stroke of luck I hit upon the nearest mileage (in the international entry category) and Ali sent me some goodies.  I had said I wanted to make an Agnes top but she was very generous and sent me more than enough of this black and white stretch fabric so I thought I’d save it for something a bit more substantial than a t-shirt.

So I did and here’s what I made with it.

I made the same view tunic as before but with the straight hem instead of the pointy one.

In other tunic news, I’m currently having a rocky relationship with scuba fabric.  I thought I’d give it a whirl for a different style of tunic I wanted to make for Mlle T. and she chose the fabric (so don’t blame me!).

I bought this pattern which seemed simple enough but the Mademoiselle had other ideas.

She wanted bell sleeves so following Ali over at Thimberlina’s example ,although using a slightly different method,  I adapted it as requested.

I had a bit of a struggle with the neckline, back and front,  as it came out too gapey which might be due to the scuba fabric although the pattern does list ‘novelty knits’ as one of the suggested fabrics.  I’ve improved the neck problem a little by taking off the facing which I wasn’t keen on using anyway, reducing the back seam allowance and cutting the facing slightly smaller than it was before so I could stretch it round the neckline a little more which brought it in a bit though it’s still not perfect.  The sleeves and the bottom require hemming and I’m not sure how to tackle that yet – I’ll do some research.  I know I could leave it as it won’t fray and the hem of the tunic would probably be O.K. but the sleeves don’t look right unhemmed in my opinion as you can see the plain white reverse of the fabric which just looks odd.  (The trailing thread will be cut off though – I didn’t leave that as a design feature).

My conclusions about scuba fabric are that I don’t much like it.  I don’t like the slightly spongy feel and the vaguely ‘cheap’ look and feel of it – although there might be different qualities I suppose.  The designs are a bit ‘urgent’ too if you ask me.  I don’t like the floral one Mademoiselle chose – I think it looks frumpy but there you go.

I must try and get over my dislike though as she also chose this one 😮

I know what I’d like to do with it but I think the only way to get away with actually wearing it would be as a very fitted t-shirt with 3/4 length sleeves perhaps.  Any ideas or would you accidentally on purpose lose it at the bottom of your bin fabric stash?  How do you feel about scuba fabric if  indeed you have ever encountered it?  Is it just me?








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  1. #1 by Thimberlina on October 19, 2017 - 17:17

    Love the top you’ve made, the seam lines really shows off the pattern. It seems really strange that I chose it when I look at it now!
    Scuba….🤔🤔🤔 it does seem to be a bit like marmite!
    I’ve sewn with it twice, both were simple sleeveless shift dresses. Hila from Saturday Night stitch used it a fair bit to make skirts and dresses and they all looked fab. A friend gave me a tip when she’s cutting out to stop the neck gaping. She said when placing the centre front on the fold to cut out, slide the pattern 1/2 in off the fabric, just at the neckline, so you’re in effect nipping out an inch of the neck. She was given this tip from an old seamstress and does it with all tops and dresses. I do too and it does work. 😁

    • #2 by tialys on October 20, 2017 - 09:40

      Why does it seem strange? Don’t you like it? Wouldn’t you choose it again? 😉
      About the tip – do you do that with all fabrics or only knits?
      I think the problem was also that there is a facing and not a band and I think that didn’t pull it in around the neck enough. I’d never made a V-neck knit garment before, only round or scoop necks which have always had bands so it foxed me a bit.

      • #3 by Thimberlina on October 21, 2017 - 11:16

        I mean strange in a nice way! Off that I chose it and you’ve made something! I love it and it looks great on you! X

      • #4 by tialys on October 21, 2017 - 14:45


      • #5 by Thimberlina on October 21, 2017 - 12:24

        PS The tip……all fabrics 😁

      • #6 by tialys on October 21, 2017 - 14:45

        Thanks – I’ll bear that in mind as I always seem to have a bit of gapeage!

  2. #7 by nanacathy2 on October 19, 2017 - 18:17

    Absolutely love it.

  3. #9 by claire93 on October 19, 2017 - 19:40

    I love your tunic, it’s a great fit!
    and I love the sleeves on the blue tunic! I’ve made several tunics with that pattern, but only the D and E views so I had binding, not interfacing at neckline.
    As for the last fabric . . . sorry, but all I can say is: You must love your daughter more than I love mine, if you’re planning on making something in that lol. I’d be inclined to lose it and hope she forgets about it.

    • #10 by tialys on October 20, 2017 - 09:33

      Aha! I remembered seeing that pattern on somebody else’s blog and now I remember your lovely versions. I used the facing pieces for the neckline but didn’t interface as I thought it would make it too bulky. However, I don’t usually like facing on necklines and now I remember why!

  4. #11 by jendavismiller on October 19, 2017 - 20:36

    Love your tunic! Very flattering, and the fabric is lovely and will bring back memories of math when you wear it – the very best kind of math, that is. Hope you will keep us posted on the fate of that decidedly unfrumpy fabric! And now about your blog titles…they are the best and never fail to intrigue or amuse me!

    • #12 by tialys on October 20, 2017 - 09:11

      The black and white fabric is nice isn’t it although my daughter said the pattern gave her a headache – I’m just glad it doesn’t need ironing otherwise I might go a bit woozy.

  5. #13 by katechiconi on October 19, 2017 - 22:16

    I’m not sure I’d know scuba if I fell over it and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t use it if I did… The tunic you made for yourself is lovely, very becoming, but I’m with you on the rather dated look of the one for Mlle Tialys, although the other fabric is definitely more, um, striking. I think you’ll have to bite the bullet and make her another one…

    • #14 by tialys on October 20, 2017 - 09:41

      I think it might work in a t-shirt – it was just a strange choice for her as she normally wears black a lot. :/

  6. #15 by craftycreeky on October 20, 2017 - 09:32

    Love your tunic! I’m still not sure about scuba, I’ve a length waiting to be made up but it does have a funny feel to it :-/

    • #16 by tialys on October 20, 2017 - 09:45

      What are you going to make with it? I’ll be interested to hear what you think.

  7. #17 by Emma on October 20, 2017 - 10:07

    This tunic looks great 😊 I don’t think I’ve ever encountered scuba fabric, at first I thought you were talking about neoprene 😅 it sounds tough to sew with though

    • #18 by tialys on October 20, 2017 - 10:17

      Thanks Emma. Scuba is spun polyester jersey and is similar in weight to a ponte double knit. It’s smooth surface with a slightly spongy feel to it, like a thinner and softer neoprene. It’s actually easy to sew with – if you’re used to sewing with knits – but it doesn’t press well so if you are making a garment that needs a lot of ironing to get it into shape, not a good idea. The seams can be quite bulky but I overlock/serge mine so it’s not such an issue.

      • #19 by Emma on October 20, 2017 - 10:20

        That makes much more sense! Thanks for explaining it to me 😊 then I’m thinking that making leggings with it might not be a bad idea, I imagine it’s quite stretchy as well.

      • #20 by tialys on October 20, 2017 - 11:09

        There is stretch in it – depending on the amount of spandex incorporated in the one you choose but, yes, I think leggings would be good and it does come in some unusual designs as I have proved!!

  8. #21 by claire93 on October 20, 2017 - 11:22

    another comm from me, totally off subject . . . would you mind terribly if I copy the bandana you made for Gibbs, to make him another one? He’s been wearing the xmas themed one you made for him, and looking very dashing, but does look a little strange, sporting santas in autumn.

    • #22 by tialys on October 20, 2017 - 11:49

      No problem Claire, put the Xmas one away until it’s more seasonal! Unless of course you want me to make him another one as a little unbirthday gift. I have some very nice tattoo themed scuba fabric at the moment 😉

  9. #23 by claire93 on October 20, 2017 - 12:23

    lol, no I’ll do without the scuba fabric thanks ^^ I’ve got some doggie prints in my stash so I’ll make him something more “every day” wear.

    • #24 by tialys on October 20, 2017 - 19:21

      Go on! – you know how he loves swimming – I could make him a little wet suit. 🙂 🙂

  10. #25 by Kim on October 20, 2017 - 15:56

    Looking good Mrs T.
    The jury is out Chez Hood about scuba fabric. I have used it several times but not been certain about my results. I think I was the problem with one lot and the pattern choice wasn’t great for the second. With regard to your fabric dilemma – go quiet and see if you are called out on it. It may only defer the problem but…..

    • #26 by tialys on October 20, 2017 - 19:20

      I think if I make a tightish fitting t-shirt with shortish sleeves it might not be too scary. What I have left over would probably make a couple of quite cool washbags or make up bags or pencil cases. How about that for an idea?

      • #27 by Kim on October 21, 2017 - 09:10

        Sounds like a plan 😉

  11. #28 by Dartmoor Yarns on October 21, 2017 - 17:38

    Love both your tunics. Especially loving the blues in the one for mademoiselle T. Scuba fabric! No, not a clue what you’re taking about.

    • #29 by tialys on October 22, 2017 - 08:45

      Well, I sort of feel the same when you talk about spinning but I suppose we are widening each other’s knowledge which can’t be a bad thing 🙂

      • #30 by Dartmoor Yarns on October 22, 2017 - 16:16

        Certainly can’t 🙂 Hope you’re having a fab weekend!

  12. #31 by magpiesue on October 23, 2017 - 18:26

    I bet your daughter chose that last print because it feature tattoo designs. So it doesn’t look frumpy to her, it looks current! I can’t imagine wearing scuba fabric much less making a garment out of it. Love the tunic you made for yourself though! I’ve always loved the look of a tunic. Love them even more now that I have more bulk to cover. 😉

    • #32 by tialys on October 25, 2017 - 07:52

      It’s actually the floral one that I think is a bit frumpy – the tattoo one I find just a bit ‘overly dramatic’ and can’t imagine what it will look like in a garment. I guess there’s only one way to find out!

  13. #33 by Born To Organize on October 31, 2017 - 02:59

    I had to look up scuba fabric as it is new to me too. This offered a good explanation and some sewing tips: http://blog.croftmill.co.uk/crafting-making-sewing/scuba-fabric/ I run from polyester anything, being a woman of a certain age who’s body temperature is always in flux, frequently overheated…until I’m not. I suppose your daughter doesn’t need to worry about those things yet, and of course the UK is much damper than we are here in California.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product. Best of luck.

    • #34 by tialys on November 4, 2017 - 17:17

      We are in S.W. France actually Alys although that is probably still damper than California 😉

      • #35 by Born To Organize on November 8, 2017 - 02:33

        Oh my that sounds gorgeous. Rainfalls vary in California, but where we live (the Bay Area) we average 15 inches a year. Of that 15 inches, we get 13 inches over about five months. We’re considered semi-arid.

  14. #36 by Born To Organize on October 31, 2017 - 02:59

    PS You look fabulous in the tunic!

  15. #38 by dezertsuz on October 31, 2017 - 05:04

    I’ve been saving and saving this notification until I had a few minutes to come look, and look how long it took me! You do look fabulous in that tunic, I agree with Born to Organize above. I am not a huge fan of sewing anything with knits of any kind, except maybe little boys’ t-shirts, but I think the one for your daughter looks good, especially after asking you to make it “just like this only ….”! I don’t care for the print on her second choice, but I do think that your idea might make it look good.

    • #39 by tialys on November 4, 2017 - 17:16

      Thanks Susan – we’ll see about the tattoos, it might work.

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