The Tunic Bible and an Orange Shift Dress

Hey, Vi… look what I got!

The Tunic Bible: One Pattern, Interchangeable Pieces, Ready-to-Wear Results. by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr

Here’s the back-of-the-book blurb:

The only tunic pattern you’ll ever need. Create chic, ready-to-wear tunics with a multi-length, graded pattern and expert construction tips. Choose your style–casual, preppy, boho, or glamorous – with interchangeable sleeves, neck plackets, and collars. Get advice on shopping for fabric and trims, guided by a huge gallery of inspiring tunics.

I can attest to the fact that everything they say in this blurb is true. The instructions are easy peasy to follow, and there are dozens and dozens of pictures of different tunics, along with a description and fabric used.

In the mood to sew, I rummaged around in my stash and came up with this orange stripe quilting cotton by Robert Kaufman.

I don’t know why I bought it, to be honest. What was I thinking?

I remember buying it on a dreary rainy winter day. I remember holding it up to myself and feeling happy. But really, an orange dress???

Well, as my mom said, I could always wear it on Halloween, lol!

Happily, it turned out great! I feel happy in this cheerful pumpkin and cream shift dress. I don’t feel like trick-or-treating at all!

For my first tunic, I chose the  “Outside Facing V-Neck Placket,” and made it a bit longer so I could wear it as a shift dress.

A shift dress is far from the most flattering garment. But it is my absolute favourite for comfort.  I could wear a shift dress every single day, especially during the summer when it gets so bloody hot.

You can MOVE in a shift dress.

With all the orange stripes, I was worried I’d look like an escaped prisoner, so I wanted to do something creative to break up all the vertical lines. Cutting the placket and the bottom band on the horizontal was an easy fix.

The best and most important thing I can say about The Tunic Bible is that this pattern fit me with no alterations. None. Zero. Zip. This is the dress straight off the pattern. I know! That never ever happens. Not to me, anyway.

The only change I would make next time is maybe to raise the bottom of the armscye as it’s a bit low on me. But not dangerously low…no fear of flashing or anything like that. And actually, when it’s really really hot in July and August, that extra ventilation might just be welcome.

I predict many tunics in my future. I want to make the maxi-dress version, and a hip-length one with fabulous trim around the neck. Oh! and the ruffled version! Yummy!

The Tunic Bible gets five stars!

About Nita

I retired early and moved to a new community. I blog about my adventures as I explore a new lifestyle. I write about quilting, knitting and needlework, about learning to sew my own garments, adventures in the kitchen and in the garden, dancing, hiking, yoga...life is my playground!
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7 Responses to The Tunic Bible and an Orange Shift Dress

  1. Janet says:

    This is great! I love the orange, and the fact that you are going to wear it!! I might have to order the book.

  2. Lisa C Bodenheim says:

    What a great color! I like bright colors too and the way you handled the stripes on the bottom and neckline look perfect. Be sure to post the other tunics you make. I wanna see!

  3. Beautiful! Love your dress! The band around the bottom is a perfect finishing touch.

  4. Cynde says:

    It’s been so dog onned cool that the thought of summery clothing hasn’t entered my mind as yet Nita! You have always been a visionary and a great motivator. I’m finishing up a quilt I started from a class in September! Good to see you even if just in pictures! I’m thinking your Janome is giving you much satisfaction as you create and make all .. from quilts to tunics to … what’s next??? Outfit for Mr. Collins or Sam??

  5. dezertsuz says:

    What a very nice tunic dress, and it looks as if it’s very comfortable! When I saw the title, I thought this was a weird Bible I never heard of. LOL

  6. Back again. I was so impressed I have ordered the book. Yay!

  7. Wow! It looks fabulous and it really suits you. Think I might have to invest in that book and take up dressmaking.

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