Schoolhouse Tunic

Schoolhouse Tunic

The first time I saw the Echino Lion fabric, I thought it was totally weird – yet intriguing. I couldn’t figure out what I’d do with it though, it’s not really something I wanted to put into a quilt. But it was one of those fabrics that I never stopped thinking about. Then when I was looking online, I saw the fabric used as a class sample at The Needle Shop for the Schoolhouse Tunic by Sew Liberated. It was the perfect combination of cool and crazy. 🙂 I had to make it immediately.

Luckily I found enough of the fabric left at Harts Fabric, although now even the brown is sold out there. The tunic was very simple to make. It was actually my first time making something with sleeves I think. That made me a bit nervous, but really it was very simple. It was also my first time working with double gauze fabric. The only thing I found tricky was if I made a mistake and needed to remove stitches. That was more difficult than with quilting cotton, for sure.

Overall I love it! It’s at a length that is *just* too short for me to feel comfortable wearing it without pants, but I think if I made it about 3″ longer it’d be an adorable dress. (Add it to my list!) Still trying to figure out what sort of shorts/capris to pair it with for summer. But for today I’m sticking to my skinny jeans – which I swore I’d never buy….never say never!

And another photo just for fun, we have a couple deer that live in the woods behind the house. Last night at dinner time they both came into the yard and let me walk near them for a photo. We tease Avery that they are going to go for a ride on her swing.

Deer Swing




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    March 27, 2010

    Faith, it is beautiful! I don’t think I’d like the fabric stand alone, but in that tunic it is a showcase. The pattern is very flattering, too. I love tunics and have wanted to try making clothes for awhile, so I might have to try this out for sure!

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    Jen S.

    March 27, 2010

    This really does look great! I’m not usually a tunic person (for myself), but this looks so nice I might have to put it on my list. I hope you’re entering all of your tops in Made by Rae’s Spring Top contest!

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    March 27, 2010

    Try it with a longer skirt underneath! I do this a lot and it can be really cute if you find the right underskirt.

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    Katie B

    March 27, 2010

    I love your tunic! Super cute.

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    March 27, 2010

    It looks great! Very nice work.

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    March 28, 2010

    Lovely! Great choice of fabric x

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    March 28, 2010

    It’s darling! I love it. You are on a roll with all of the fabulous clothes.

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    March 28, 2010

    i’m moving to the maldives to teach english …it’s super hot and humid…but its a muslim country so i have to wear at least 3/4 sleeves. do you recommend that fabric for hot weather? i’ve had my eye on the bird echino for a while. 🙂

    great job on the tunic!!! it looks awesome on you. rock those skinnies, girl!

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      March 29, 2010

      Kim – what a fabulous experience for you! You know, I would try making one in the bird fabric (I know just what you are talking about)! And maybe one in linen too, that would look wonderful and be quite breezy.

      And I have to laugh about the skinny jeans. I swore I’d NEVER own any. Then I bought some to wear with my boots in the winter….and now look at me. I’m wearing them on their own!

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        March 29, 2010

        perfect! i’ll get right on that. again, the tunic really looks great. i found lots of echino fabric on sale yesterday at if anyone is interested!

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    March 29, 2010

    Ooooh! What an awesome fabric/pattern combo! I’ve had my eye on the Schoolhouse Tunic pattern for some time, but have been nervous about the difficulty of the sewing…you’ve inspired me to give it a whirl!

    Also–I think that’s a perfect use for skinny jeans! I wear mine similarly; it lets me feel hip without showing too much of my hips….

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    March 30, 2010

    very cool! I need that pattern now… and maybe the fabric too.

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    March 30, 2010

    Very intriguing fabric. The tunic turned out cute and looks cool with the skinny jeans. Guess I better cave and get some skinny jeans too. My daughter’s name is Avery too!