For this week’s pattern, I had a tough time deciding between something versatile and wearable that’s faddish at the moment (a basic sweater with stripes on the sleeves and across the upper chest), or something sort of ridiculous that’s put together strangely and involves a bit of geometry (also sort of faddish at the moment). Then I remembered I post a pattern every week and would get to both. On with the ridiculous geometry!
The 1930s tunic pattern comes courtesy of Minerva Vol. 40. Its assembly involves points meeting at the neck and shaping comes courtesy of a belt. The sleeves, hem and belt stand out from the body using nubbly moss stitch. While it looks very classy in white, might I also suggest cardinal red, forest green, or perhaps a bright jewel blue?
(Seriously, just picture her with a feather in her cap.)
A black skirt pattern is included, but really, why put in all that effort when we’re moving towards a pantsless society? In about 5 years all anyone will wear bottomwise are tights, leggings, jeggings, and probably some new portmanteaus like sleggings and bleggings. I say beat the fashion industry to the punch, pop on some tights and prance around with your band of merry fellows (codpiece optional).
While they can be and often are made ridiculous, what with the fashion industry currently showcasing them with topknots and KISS boots, tunics are versatile, everyday wardrobe pieces that can be layered, dressed up, worn on their own or with some sort of soon-to-be-obsolete leg-covering called ‘pants’. The tiny gauge means it’ll take longer than the average sweater, but in a classic color it’s worth it. Or screaming orange, maybe that’ll work out too.