If you don’t like (American) football skip down to the next paragraph. Yup, my team won (go 49ers!) in one darn crazy, nerve wracking game. But they won and I drank some wine and calmed the hell down. My friends knew not to call, so the texts I received were of the “go 9ers” and “you must be pissing yourself” ilk. AND it’s all happening again on Sunday. Must get more wine…
Lest you think I’m a football watching yahoo, I like to craft while watching football, though crafting was nigh impossible during the aforementioned BEST GAME EVER. But I did make a tunic – there were 3 other (boring) games this weekend. I saw Mariko’s tunic last week and knew I wanted one too. I chose Burda Style 08-2008-118 as my tunic. Mariko made her own pattern to copy one she’d seen in Japan. I am lazy so I used a pattern I already had. The only change I made to the tunic pattern was to make it A-line (I added 2 cm to the front and 4 cm to the back side seams – blended to nothing at the waist). I sewed the seams with a narrow zigzag first then serged. Hems are finished with serger then twin needle. It took an hour to make the pattern and half a boring football game to sew it up.
The fabric used here is ponte di roma in a lace pattern. I’ve never used ponte di roma before and I love love love it. I want a whole wardrobe from it. I overstate, but that’s how I am. I’d used ponte before, that is kinda nasty double knit that you get in cheerleading outfits and pants with a sewn in front fold and elastic waist. No thanks. Ponte di roma is still poly but has one way stretch and is magically made soft, has a warm hand and doesn’t look like poly. Though I could park my car on top of this tunic and it still wouldn’t wrinkle.
But why am I looking like a dork in the photo above. It’s because of ponte di roma. When cutting this tunic, my scissors really felt dull. Mind you these are the very same scissors from when I was an FIT student one billion years ago (well the mid 90s but whatev). Gingher G-8 8-inch Knife-Edge Dressmaker Shears. I had to get them sharpened asap, like you do. The sharpening guy was at the Marin Farmer’s Market that very morning. I had him sharpen my scissors, which he complimented on their superior scissor-ness-itude, not like that cheap crap some folks bring in I’ll bet. I wandered the market while I waited and bought organic butternut squash and beets. While taking these very photos of dork-facedness, I was actually wondering if my roasting squash needed turning. It is a very superior squash I purchased. Hence ponte di roma caused me to buy a squash and cook it during my photo shoot and I am making a dork face into the kitchen window. Clear, that.
I shall leave you with a closeup of the tunic that so very clearly looks like an homage to Muench’s The Scream. Too bad I didn’t do it on purpose.
More info in my pattern review here.