Tartan plaid tunic

After enjoying a couple days off for Thanksgiving, I am back into the swing of things and put together this cute tunic top out of a really, really nice 100% wool suiting I had left over from a plaid pleated mini skirt my mom made me when I was in high school!  I was inspired by the funky swingy plaid top Lily wore on a recent episode of How I Met Your Mother.  See?

This is the best photo I could find online.  It seems like it's a beige or white knit on the back and the red plaid on the front, but that's weird.  Mine is red wool on both sides.  When she stands up you can see it's mid-thigh length and she wears it with black leggings.  Super cute!  It was super easy to make, no zipper or anything, just the fabric and a bias binding.  See mine:

and without the belt (sort of shapeless):

I used the top part of a Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity pattern, 2497.  I have made this dress in View C, also, and it's super cute and I get compliments on it.  I knew I wanted the scoop neck tank look, so I just used the bodice front and back and extended it to the length I wanted.

I love the Cynthia Rowley patterns for Simplicity!  They have some really cute ones.

3 comments

  1. I have this pattern and I have made dress C already. I wanted to make the dress on the picture with sleeves without sleeves. Is that what you did here? I want mine to be low cut like yours, but I have seen someone make it and it was not nearly as low cut.

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  2. I have this pattern and I have made dress C already. I wanted to make the dress on the picture with sleeves without sleeves. Is that what you did here? I want mine to be low cut like yours, but I have seen someone make it and it was not nearly as low cut.

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  3. Hi Abby,
    I made dress C without the ruffle. If you made dress B without sleeves, it would still have that yoke which would make it higher-cut. If you want it lower cut, do dress C but skip the cool ruffle--I just gave it a bias binding at the neck. It's a cute pattern, huh?

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