River Tunics-Summer in the Making-

River Tunics-Summer in the Making-

Successful sewing is about understanding the overall picture of the process and how the sequence of steps can make those that follow easier. As we open up to more innovative sewing, the construction process requires some thinking ahead and a willingness to shift how we work in order to respond to the creative ideas that might constantly be popping up. There are things we can do to make it easier to see our creative eye develop. One way is to stay with a constant: like one kind of fabric, or 1 pattern for a whole collection of garments. For me, The River Tunic is one of those patterns. Here are 3 variations for comfortable, casual dressing that are part of my summer travel packing.

Red on linen-

Embroidery in red on linen links me to cherished memories of my Swedish Mormor and her sister, sitting in the afternoon shade with handwork. As I sit ….one stitch at a time, I am back in their circle…feeling my heart fill with stories. Using the top & neck of the River Tunic Pattern, this cropped, short-sleeved version in linen with ties make it an easy accessory to create, and layer over other garments. 

Cotton, Striped Ticking & Denim-

Once you find a silhouette that feels like home- work it!! My knock-around play shirt, is perfect for a day at the farmers market or a camping trip. This playful, creative top of scraps feels like sketching to make and is a more casual approach to details and finishing. Its about exploring a new combination: torn strips of Indian pink silk were hand-stitched onto the cotton after the neck hole was made. Free-motion topstitching and hand stitching were both used on this River Tunic.

Japanese Gauze Top-in Naomi Ito fabric …how can you go wrong?

2-3 simple shapes create the fronts and back, and the printed grid of quiet squares add detail to the front. Asymmetrical neck edges can make a design. There are so many ways to create River Tunics- ( I feel a video on necklines coming on!)

Enjoy these long days of summer with some stitching in hand, Diane


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