The kind folks at Pattern Review emailed me during this time and asked if they could share my series of posts on how to construct a swimsuit? I said yes, but I wasn't sure I would be able to help much if anyone had questions as I had temporarily forgotten how to sew. They posted them anyway, and I hope they've been helpful to fellow sewers.
Anyway, one of the post comments I got in the midst of all that was a request to show how I made this envelope neckline in a tutorial. Better late than never!
|The Envelope Tunic|
The Envelope Tunic - Supplies and Construction Instructions
- 2 yards of stripe knit (main body fabric). For my sample, I only had 1.75 yards, so I turned the sleeve sideways, hence the stripe running vertically instead of horizontally. I kind of like it.
- 6" of contrasting neckband fabric at least 32" wide
- 8 buttons, mine are quite large but you can play around with sizes and colors
- A serger. OK, maybe that's not exactly a must but with the fabric I used, I simply can't imagine keeping this thing together on a regular sewing machine unless I used wooly nylon, and my Bernina hates that stuff. If you've sewn stretchy jersey on your machine with no problems, then you could do this top on a regular machine.
|Front pattern piece. See my note below, you may want to cut the neckline 5-6" deep instead of 4".|
|Back pattern piece, total length is 27" unless you want the back a bit longer than the front, then cut it longer.|
*Now this is where I pinned the front and back together, pulled it on over my head and checked to see if the neckline fit in the right spot. After wearing it today, I'm convinced the neckline in front should be a least one inch lower than my pattern states, so you may want to cut the front curve deeper after trying on.*
Lay the back over the front so that the neckband overlaps completely but doesn't lap into the body of the shirt, baste to hold in place, leaving 12" opening for pulling on.
|Baste the sections together, lapping the back neckband over the front neckband.|
Right sides together, sew side seams and sleeves together.
Sew buttons onto basted neckband. I placed mine 3" apart starting at the opening and working back towards the shoulder. I also considered using mismatched buttons from my grandmother's stash but I decided against it in the end.
Hem the bottom and sleeves and wear it!
|You see this stash? This is why I should not step foot into a fabric store again.|
|Cargo skinnies - Cabi|
Cowboy boots - Frye Carson
|Freezing cold + super strong wind = not a good day for photo shoot.|
|Very hard to take a selfie of your shoulder!|
Metrosene and Gutermann are nice, but I'll probably pine away for Molnlycke for a long time.
|Molnlycke thread and my grandma's buttons|