May 1, 2014

Spring 2014 Collection: Meet Willow!

Tunic Length & Three Quarter Length Sleeves
Moda Bella Solid (color: feather) and Moda coordinate
Close-up of the embroidery work on the bodice....designs courtesy of Alison Glass...see the link to her website below!

It is time for the second reveal of the spring collection! Today I would like to introduce the Willow Tunic. This design is a semi-fitted sheath with princess seaming on the front and back. There's a zipper incorporated into the left side seam so that the back has a nice uninterrupted flow to it.

There are no facings, as the yokes are self lined, and you have a choice of either a cap or three quarter length sleeve. You can also choose to make a tunic or dress length. I wanted to design this so that there was enough ease through the hips to wear skinny jeans or leggings underneath without fitting too closely so that you are fussing with your clothes all day. I hate that feeling! It is nicely fitted without being too loose or tight....resulting in a rather nice silhouette!

As you will see throughout the photos, I have offered several variations for the design. I even got ambitious and embroidered one on the bodice and sleeves. For the embroidery, I used 2-3 strands of DMC floss in a variety of colors and stitches...whatever suited my fancy at the time! I chose to feature the fabulous designs in Alison Glass's embroidery patterns for the stitching. Her patterns are great! If you don't know about Alison, she is a wonderful fabric designer for Andover. She designs quilts and embroidery designs that are based off her graphic art. You can see more of her work and order her patterns over at I used motifs from Clover Sunshine Animals and Flowers.

So without further are the variations for Willow, with fabric and design details listed with each.

Dress Length & Three Quarter Length Sleeves
Anna Maria Horner's Pretty Potent from Free Spirit Fabrics
Tunic Length & Cap Sleeves
Michael Miller Fabrics: faux patchwork and coordinate
Renaissance decorative ribbon featured on the yoke and hemband
Dress Length & Cap Sleeves
Modern Eclectic by Blend Fabrics
Side Fronts, Backs and Yokes were cut on the bias
Tunic Length & Three Quarter Length Sleeves
Maisie by Blend Fabrics
Dress Length & Cap Sleeves
Damask, Dot, and Houndstooth by Riley Blake Fabrics

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Happy Sewing!