So I made my first tunic Ever. Bit excited about that! No idea when to wear it because I do everything outside by bike but I will figure something out... Maybe I could walk to the supermarket...

 

This outfit contains two pieces, the tunic and the pants. The fabric of the tunic is a thin cotton which is a bit see through and has little dots in different colors. I bought this fabric in Japan.

I am not totally sure what the fabric of the pants contains (bought this fabric a long time ago) but I think it is a woven linen. It has no stretch.

The pants will have an invisible zipper on the sideseam.

 

 

Before I draw a model I first draw in the lines of the shoulders, waist, hips, knees and ankles. If those are correct, I start drawing in the whole figure. I use those guidelines because otherwise my model might get out of proportion.

For this design I used pencil, watercolor and fineliner.

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I used a block for this pattern I made a while ago. Just traced it around and shortened it on the hemline. Because the fabric I use is woven, I have to lock the pattern parts because otherwise they would fray.

First I am sewing the inner seam of the pants. This is because I want to overstitch it for extra strength. After that I sew the waistband in. I added some vlieseline for extra strength there too. In the post with the japanese applications you can see some more detailed pics about that.

The difference between a normal and an invisible zipper is that the teeth are on the other side. With the invisible zipper the teeth are on the backside so you won't see them when the pants is finished. You need a special sewing foot to sew the zipper in.

I bought this zipper foot in Japan and am really happy about that. Finally I can put in an invisible zipper!

When you use this foot you have to make sure that your needle is in the middle position of your sewing machine and in a straigth stitch.

Putting in some glue to finish off the hemline. This gets sticky if you iron it so you have to make sure it's exactly on the right spot when you start ironing.

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For the shirt a use a t-shirt block I made myself. I trace it around and add more length to it because I want it below the kneeline. To figure out where this is I use a trousers block which I connect to the waistline of the shirt block.

When you're sewing a knitted fabric you really need those little notches as guidelines to get your fabric on the right place.

To make sure it fits nicely around the neck I cutted out those little triangles. Annnnd last but not least sewing the hemline!

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