This shirt has been finished for weeks. It's taken time to get another appointment with my daughter to photograph it. Technically it should have been photographed with the last bunch of summer dresses but that day was so dayum hot, I just couldn't handle wearing it for pictures.
Y'all know I love panel prints, border prints, directional prints, any fabric really that makes me think outside the box when using it. So of course in August during the Fabric Mart shopping spree, border and panel prints were on the top of my purchase list. I've recently acquired quite a few border/panel prints from Fabric Mart and many have made it to the blog ~ here, here, here and here. Also, if you're new to the blog, I've written several blog posts about working with border prints, just follow the highlighted link.
For this panel print, it was the bold floral that called my name. It was such a strong calling that I sewed this up weeks after I got home.
Pattern: Vogue 9299
Fabric: 6 cotton sateen panels from Fabric Mart's brick 'n mortar store
Buttons: 12 black domed 5/8" buttons from MJ Trimmings
Interfacing from Steinlauf & Stoeller
There are no new construction techniques in this make. For this tunic it's all about the fabric placement.
So I'm sharing some of my construction/pattern placement pictures...
A Few Photos ~
I've worn this tunic to work and received a couple of compliments on it. The tunic makes a dramatic statement that's tempered by the solid black sides which add a slimming effect to it. This is the reason I love border prints and panels so much!
It's not the last time I will use this pattern this fall/winter because it works perfectly for my lifestyle. I have more ideas using prints & stripe placements to make it sing! Plus can you really have too many comfortable tunics that layer well during the chillier weather?
...as always more later!