Sunday, January 21, 2018

Plaid Tencel Kalle Tunic

Sometimes a project takes for-eh-ver to come to fruition, and you kick yourself for not having at it earlier!



That is the case with this particular project, which sat in a partially completed state for months. Since October, methinks. October! Why?!


I had big intentions to make a killer Closet Case Patterns Kalle tunic with the new long sleeve expansion basically the second it was released. I love my previous version of the Kalle and had the perfect fabric from Imagine Gnats, an alligator green plaid tencel shirting (you might have seen that Jane made a gorgeous Grainline Hadley out of it a couple weeks ago!). But for some reason it languished.


I had cut out the main parts of the tunic and then lost steam. I think that the fabric was a little bit shifty to cut, I was struggling to tell right side from wrong side, and I just got a little bit weary. So it sat, partially cut. For months. Staring at me.


Finally, with somewhat of a deadline (the first day of my new full time job!) and the fortuitously timed Indiesew Shirt Month, I just did it. I pushed through, finished cutting, and sewed the damn thing in an afternoon. And I love it!


I cut the same size as my first Kalle tunic, a 16, because I was happy with out that one turned out. Plus the long sleeves, of course, and my hem facing hack.


My tower plackets are a little bit dicey because the fabric was so shifty, but nothing an average, non-sewing person would notice. I cut the tower plackets, along with the front placket, cuffs and outer yoke, on the bias. This did not help the fabric's shifty-ness! But I got it done in the end.


Otherwise I just focused on plaid matching across the side seams and sort of vaguely getting the sleeves to look similar. For the most part it worked out, although that one shoulder where the black part of the plaid doesn't match across the seam may drive me insane. Luckily, I can't see it when I'm wearing it!


I love this Kalle just as much as my first! So comfy, so unique. I've already worn it twice since finishing it on Thursday, if that's any indication of how I feel about it. This fun plaid fabric is light and silky, and will transition well across the seasons, I think!

22 comments:

  1. Congrats on the new job. Lovely top.

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  2. Talk to me about this hem - facing hack, I'm interested! Loving that top. I really need to try it with the sleeve expansion!

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    1. Thanks so much! I loved the hem facing from the other Kalle view- the cropped version- so I decided to draft one for the tunic, too. I described the hack a bit in my post about my first Kalle (http://blog.hartsfabric.com/megs-kalle-tunic-in-celestial-sapphire/), but here it is: To create a hem facing for View B, I basically traced the front and back hems, then drew a line mirroring that, 2 inches up, and squared the ends off. I sewed the facings into a loop, pressed the upper edge under ¼ inch, sewed the loop to the hem, pressed upwards, understitched and then topstitched the facings.

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  3. I like your Kalle! I want to sew this for spring!

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  4. Love this! Again, you are making me pull out this pattern and try it. Is this something that you can wear to work- is it a casual office? I can wear stuff like this-not with leggings- on days I have no meetings.

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    1. Thanks!! I wore it to work with slim pants- I probably wouldn't wear it if I had meetings with folks from outside the office, but it's certainly a casual Friday option!

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  5. The proportions of this tunic are spot on. I love these colors on you too. Did you make a FBA on this pattern? I guess you don't always make this adjustment... and I don't need to on the Liesl Gallery Tunic but I do need it on most patterns. Amy thoughts? I was sure this style was too boxy for me but yours and Helen's (Closet) recent versions are causing me to reconsider it. I especially like the long sleeved version. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks!! Nope, no FBA on this one for me. I don't typically do those, though, so that doesn't mean much. It's definitely a boxy-er style, but it's meant to be.

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  6. I love it !!! I did great to push you !

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    1. Thank you! It's really elegant with that pleat and the low hem!

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  8. Love it! Funnily enough I did same with mine, it sat ther for ages before it got finished. Will definitely have to try the hem facing hack though, the tiny bias was so fiddly

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    1. I love how yours turned out! And you were so clever to use a different fabric as your facing on the collar stand!

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