Grey Tunic (or, The Story of a Wadder)

I started out making Butterick 5219, view B (yellow, below) with some thin grey patterned jersey that’s been in my stash for quite a while.
Butterick 5219
Obviously, I ended up with something quite different. The bottom band on the pattern was interfaced, and made the top hang several inches away from my body, since there is quite a bit of ease. It was definitely not wearable. So, I cut the band off, and it hung better, but was way too short (think crop top)… The picture above makes it look much longer than it actually is. So, if I were to make the pattern again, I would lengthen it, and leave off the bottom band.

Anyway, the top part of the shirt turned out pretty well, and since I had put all the work into it, I set out to find a way to salvage it. I had a big, thrifted dark grey t-shirt in my stash, so I cut that off below the sleeves, cut a few more inches off my “wadder”, and sewed them together. Amazingly enough, they fit together almost perfectly, and I was able to re-use the side seams and hem of the t-shirt!
Tunic Side View
The tunic was very loose and tent-like at this point, so I added a piece of black stretch lace over the seam to gather it. It seemed a little plain, so I tied a bow out of a fabric scrap, and pinned it on the waistband to add some interest.
Tunic Close-up
I think it turned out really cute, especially considering it almost ended up in the trash!

And now, for something completely unrelated:

My parents are building an earth-sheltered home, and were finally able to break ground this past week! You can follow along with their progress here, if you’re interested, and I was able to use what I’m learning in school to design the logo for their project, Colorado SunTerra:
Colorado SunTerra


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  1. Bethany @ 3SonsPlus1...and...

    Great job! I hate it when things don’t turn out the way “they’re supposed to,” but you made it even better!

    1. Christa

      Thanks! It’s so frustrating when things don’t turn out, but at least this one was salvageable :)

  2. MacKensie

    Wow, beautifully done!! I’m visiting from Rae Gun Ramblings. I wish I could make clothes like this! I think it turned out great! :)



    1. Christa

      Thanks, MacKensie! And thanks for stopping by :)

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