SWAP — Trees and Birdies Tunic

It’s been a super busy week for me — anyone else getting ready to send their kids to school? I’ve been getting back to my “SWAP” — sewing with a purpose — focusing mainly on school clothes. I know that it isn’t entirely a necessity like pants and t-shirts are, but this “Emma” tunic from Ottobre 04/2010 just called to me:

I found the fabric at Joann’s in the juvenile apparel section. It’s 100% cotton, but it’s very thick, almost a bottom-weight or a light canvas (you know, like stuff you could use to make pants?). I thought it would be perfect to pull over a t-shirt on the cooler fall mornings.

I love the print. Oh, how I love the print. It’s not designer or anything; just one of those made-exclusively-for-JoAnn’s-Fabrics designs.

The binding is designer — although I can’t remember which one, since the selvedge edge of my 1/4 yard piece didn’t have any writing. I saw it on the quilting fabrics wall and stopped looking for anything else; I thought it was perfect. It’s applied just like bias binding; I just cut the pieces so that the squares would fall in line at just the right spot.

I adore these pockets; they’re such classic Ottobre. Trust me, once you go Finnish, you’ll never go back. 😉 Their designs are really all about the details, so that when your garment is done, it doesn’t look homemade, but it does look stylish and modern.

So there you have it. More school clothes for my little one. Now on to some amazing corduroy that’s calling my — er, my daughter’s — name. Don’t you just love sewing for fall?

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7 Responses to “SWAP — Trees and Birdies Tunic”


  1. 1 Tricia Anne July 30, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Oh how cute! :o)
    Yes, I too am getting our children ready for school.
    Have a great weekend.
    Sincerely ~ Tricia

  2. 2 Larri @ Seams Inspired July 30, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Aww, that’s cute! I love the pocket detail. I need to sew some back-to-school clothing for LittleGirl. My boys are much easier…I homeschool them, so they can wear whatever 😉 Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! 🙂

    http://www.seamsinspired.com

  3. 3 Jan July 30, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I love that! It is perfect for school. You are so correct in saying that it is the little details that really take our projects to a new level. So worth the time and effort!
    I also have to say it warms my heart to know you are sewing for back to school. Those are some of my most precious memories of my mother. Your daughter will be wrapped in your love throughout the day, and feel so very special!

  4. 4 P. July 30, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    So cute! I love the fabric and the trim details. Very nice tunic for back to school!

  5. 5 Rita E July 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Great post … such a cute model! Thanks for sharing!

  6. 6 Carla July 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    The tunic is simply adorable on her! The fabric isn’t too childish and perfect for the fall. 😀

  7. 7 Phyllis July 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Way to go, Mom! You scored with a really cute outfit your daughter!


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