Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ottobre 03/2012 #13 Hollywood Cerise Tunic

I was totally not able to get done with K's other dress I was working on.  I only have the knit bodice to sew and then attach to the skirt portion. It wasn't in the cards.

I have to backdate this post to August because this cute tunic was finished before September.
Ottobre 03/2012 #13 Hollywood Cerise has been on my list for awhile now.  K is growing fast and I had already traced and cut this out in a 134, even though her measurements now put her almost in a 146! I figured I better sew it fast before she grows more.
134 shoulders, 140 waist and hip, and 104 in height to make it a tunic and not a dress.

It went together fairly easy and reminds me a lot of the Oliver+S Ice Cream Dress.  I sewed this up without issue. The instructions are well written. I used the "shaped facing" pieces for the armholes as directed but they are more like shaped bias tape pieces.  I opted for using bias tape for the neckline, instead of the facing because K would not want that flapping around in front.

There were a ton of buttons to sew. I spaced the top two, two inches apart and then the rest 3 inches apart. There is a tiny bit of gaping when she sits down between the buttons but she wears a tank under it and it is no problem.

It turned out really cute and I'm really happy with it.  Somehow it matches these shorts of hers exactly!

The fabric is a light, breezy cotton that I picked up dirt cheap.  It was intended as muslin fabric but I like how it looks and really don't care to sew this up again so it will have to be the real deal. 1.25 yards of A day in the garden "Ava Vezite." Purchased in March 2014. I think it was like $1.20 a yard for the box I bought so this would have cost $1.50. Cheap!

August Totals:
(stash is anything purchased before this year)
Stash used: 5.5 yards
Fabric Out: 14.5 yards  
Fabric In: 13.25 yards

Totals for the year to date:
Stash sew this year: 40.5 yards
Fabric out in 2014: 141.75 yards
Fabric in 2014: 154.5 yards

~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~


  1. It looks lovely :) Wish I could find prints/colors like that.. My LFS sucks. I also find that I often swap facings for bias tape, so much less hasle when getting dressed :)

    1. I hear you there! I have to shop online because there is nothing really at my LFS either. Thanks Siri!

  2. Super cute! Which do you like better...the Cerise or Ice Cream?

    1. Thanks Cindy! You know it is really hard to decide. I do like them both. I don't enjoy all the buttons on this one, but I don't enjoy the separate linings on the Ice Cream Dress. These minor issues can be easily fixed. I think I prefer the look of this one better - it may be the fabric but it has a 50's feel to me :D


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