Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Little House That Sewed The Schoolhouse Tunic 4 Times in 3 Days

If you are here to read strictly about knitting please skip down to the very last paragraph and picture.  I got a little carried away with tis blog post and I totally get it if you skimg..or even skip until you get to the knitting..and if you want to read about some serious knitters head over to Ginny's blog where they all get together on Wednesdays...

Wow..I think that was my longest blog title yet.  I have to admit this particular situation I am about to unfold for you warrants such a lengthy introduction. But before I get to ahead of myself let me start at the beginning of this wild and wonderful sewing adventure.
I began this sewing craze when 2 bloggers I read wrote about 2 particular sewing books.  The first book mentioned was from Ginny's blog Sewing For Children, and the second book was Weekend Sewing mentioned on dig this chick.  Two books that completely had me itching to hook up my bobbin and get pressing.  I immediatley made the yard sale skirt from weekend sewing and my addiction to skirt making was born.

I had read that a few people had trouble with a few steps when making the weekend sewing yard sale wrap skirt so I began googling reviews for the pattern and learned from others experience.  And the other cool thing I discovered was people post their creations to flickr groups showing their finished product (something most of you were probably already aware of..not me. Lisa meet the Internet, Internet meet Lisa).  Well, this led me down an internet hole that I just could not tear myself away from.  I began to click on some of the pictures posted and that brought me to other pictures..which then led me to my greatest all time internet discovery...Schoolhouse Tunic from Sew Liberated.

I whipped out my debit card and purchased this $15 pattern because I wanted to create a SchoolHouse Tunic for myself especially after reading other people have success with the pattern and even describe it as a great beginner pattern.  I was DYING to recieve my delivery.  So, finally last Thursday I got the pattern in the mail and I have been in some stage of creation ever since.

There are so many things I want to go over about the last 4 days I have spent with this pattern and show you how each time I sewed this patternI have discovered so much about me and sewing.  Somethings I should have seen coming.  First I will begin with what I did wrong....I opened the package and decided I as a size Medium.  I am learning with sewing your own clothes sizing is a huge part of the equation.  But I just jumped in thinking I am mostly a medium at Target so ..I must be a medium .  I closely followed the directions and things ran WONDERFULLY..not a hitch.  I was rockin' this pattern and loving every second.

(new chair we picked up this weekend from a furniture thirft store in town which has nothing to do with me making this pattern 4 times this past weekend..I just liked the picture...p..s the chair was $60)

Then the big moment comes for me to try on my new creation and I am shattered..It Is HUGE ON ME..really huge. My mind rushed back to all the people who posted their picture on flickr and I don't recall anything this huge.  What went wrong??  I raced back to the packaging and read the sizing..and I really start to scratch my head...according to this sizing I am NOT a Med...but a Large.  I could not imagine this thing being any bigger on me.  So I got out my seam ripper and went about remaking this little cutie to fit ME!!

I made the two front pleats much bigger and then brought the 2 plackets together to close the middle gap in the bodice...sewed it up and tried it on!!!

This time it was not to big at all..maybe a little snug in the bust area..but it looked super cute and I was SEW IN LOVE!! (he-he)
Isn't that sew cute??  Well, I thought so... but I really wanted to try again and see if I could get the sizing better and make the actual pattern fit me..not my altered version.  So I just happened to have another 3 yards of cute fabric laying around and this time I decided I should try the small..once again NOT REGARDING THE SIZING CHART AT ALL!!!

So, I whipped up another one the very next day and I was shocked to find that it was TO TIGHT on top and the skirt part was not pleated as much as I liked in the first version..plus the opening on top was really..OPEN..and I kinda liked it better closed because I did not want to HAVE to wear a tank top underneath.  BUMMER..I really liked the fabric. Oh well, I can wear this version but I have to wear it as a top more than a dress...... and possibly not eat dinner the night before...and probably limit my breathing.

So the next day I went back to the Med and decided to try again.  I really liked the way I closed the top in the first version but I thought it needed a bit more room under my bust line.  I had some fabric and got right to work.  I was satisfied with this version..but not estatic..I knew I still needed to tweek the sizing...but I already went down a size and that was not the answer...should I go UP a size???  Say it isn't so..I need to go up a size???  But the first version was so HUGE..why would I need to go up a size...
Because you ninny...you want to fold the bodice over itself and you want to have deeper pleats in the bottom front skirt..in order to do all that taking in..you need more fabric to take in...And tonight I have just finished my 4th Schoolhouse Tunic and I think I am as pleased as punch..there are a few adjustments I need to make but I need to wait for my sewing guru to get back from Disney before I go for Tunic number 5.
Not the greatest shots of my 4 tunics, but..I am hoping to do a full 4 tunic fashion show tomorrow and have one of my girls shoot the pictures because I feel like you all need just a little more info on this tunic and my journey to this post.
And guess what ???  I also finished a knitting project.  I loved making this pattern.  I accidently bought to much yarn so I am going to cast on another matching sweater for Priscilla.  Never Not Knitting has such cute knitting patterns and I really liked these directions.  This sweater was very much a beginner pattern. I have to also take a minute to recommend a knitting essential for beginners Knit Speak.  This little book is a handy little life saver for those little stiches you know you know but you just might want to double check before moving ahead.  I have checked this book out of the library  times now.  I am just about to order it myself...
And just  a sneak peek as to what I am working on right now..well after I hit Publish.  Thanks for reading and hopefully I did not just loose my 6 readers plus mom!!


  1. good for you! Looking forward to the finished photoshoot..I haven't tried sewing something for myself yet. You must really be burning the midnight oil, I'm impressed how much you can crank out.

    I am still reading, but often just in my blog reader, in igoogle...I dont think that shows up in your stats!

  2. Love love tunic, so feminine and modest too.

  3. Your tunic looks awesome! and I love the little sweater too!

    Can't post with Blogger account...Affectioknit

  4. I really like that fabric with the little bird print. Cute! Nice chair too. I just found your blog and I'm a new follower. You can check out my blog here http://lacafetiere.blogspot.com/

    ps. I also love roosters!

  5. Way to keep plugging away at the pattern! Good for you! Love, love, love that sweater!

  6. I LOVE that chair! And what a cute sweater. :)

  7. You are SO cute Lisa! I love that you have a new creative obsession and that you have such passion for sewing. With all that creative energy I'm sure you will be growing a lovely baby soon. Your sewing is beautiful! Love Katie x