Welcome to day one of our Charly Sew Along! I know some of you are just dying to get started, so I’ll get some basics out of the way, then we’ll start! If you haven’t purchased the Charly Tunic pattern for $7 yet, you can do that through March 20!
I want to thank our awesome sponsors! Riley Blake has generously provided the fabric for this tutorial, as well as a fun bundle to giveaway! Make sure you are following our Instagram feed for that giveaway sometime this week! The fabric I’m using is Wonderland Two by Melissa Mortenson of The Polka Dot Chair. I was so excited to be able to sew with her gorgeous fabric again! I’ll be using the cottons from this collection, as well as some Riley Blake knit basics. I will tell you that the skirt of the Charly Tunic would look amazing with the double gauze from Wonderland Two also!
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So here we go! Today is the easy day! Have your fabric washed and ready to go, print, tape, and cut out your Charly Tunic pattern pieces, and you’re ready to go! If you are sewing the pattern as is, you can follow the directions on the pattern for cutting your pattern components. Here are a few things you’ll need to know if you are doing the new options to the pattern: the stretch lace sleeve trim and the faux placket.
For the stretch lace sleeves, cut your stretch lace the same length as the fold on your sleeve piece and leave a tiny bit extra just in case. I purchased my stretch lace from Fleuriste Supplies. This is 2″, but I would stick with this size or smaller. You can also find it at Little Red Cottage, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnn.
For the faux placket, you will want to cut your front skirt piece so that you have TWO mirrored pieces. You can do this by cutting it just like you would if it was on the fold, but cut along the fold as well. Fabric placement is something to consider if you have a print that needs to be centered or would look funny cut in half with a placket in the middle of it. You will also need a piece of contrasting fabric that is 2″ wide by 20″ long, and any trims you will add to your placket. And don’t forget the buttons! I recommend something in the 1/2″-3/4″ range. I used 5 for my size 6 tunic.
You should have a front bodice, a back bodice, 2 sleeves, a neckband piece, a back skirt piece (on fold), 2 front skirt pieces (no fold, unless you’re doing the original tunic and no faux placket), and any trims or buttons that you want.
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