Welcome to day 5 of the Love Notions “For the Love of Tunics and Dresses” blog tour! Today I will be featuring the Laundry Day Tunic. Ever since the Laundry Day pattern has been released it seems to be my go to knit top pattern. I probably have enough at this point to wear one each day of the week! I really wanted to change it up for my blog post and show just how diverse of a pattern it really is. I had planned on mashing the Sloane Sweater, also by Love Notions, to achieve a color blocked yoke. But as you can probably guess by my title, we have been snowed in! We did not have power for a few days and that meant no printing. I had to get creative with my well loved Laundry Day Tee patterns pieces I already had and a pencil. I will be walking you threw my process below.
First off, if you don’t already have a copy of the Laundry Day Tee you will need to visit the Love Notions website and download your copy. I highly advise you join the Love Notions facebook group before you download for a very special coupon code! Once you have your pattern downloaded print out all our patter pieces. You can chose to print only the size you need using the layers feature in the pattern. Tape the pieces together and cut them all out.
Here is where I deviated from the pattern. First of all I took some paper and traced the top of the back pattern piece. I extened it 1/2″ beyond the edge of the armscye, but you can draw your line for where ever you chose. Then I added a seam allowance below that so I can sew it to the bottom part of the shirt later. Next I draw the seam line on the top where the shoulder seam will go. I then laid the front of the shirt on my tracing paper so that it’s seam line also lines up. I then trace around the front piece. I decided to extend the color blocking about halfway down the front of the neckline. Don’t forget to add your seam allowance! Now you will have one piece that you will cut on the fold that will extend from the back of the top to the front.
For the bottom of the shirt on both the front and the back I was able to just fold down the top part of the pattern I didn’t need but remembering to include that seam allowance!
Now that you have your pattern pieces all created you are ready to cut your fabric. For my color blocking insert I used a red cotton lycra with a piece of black stretch lace over it. I cut both pieces exactly the same from my 1 continuous clolor blocked piece. Next I cut my sleeves, neckband, bottom front and the back piece all from a medium weight black cotton lyca. Once I had all my fabric cut I carefully pinned the back top to the back bottom piece and sewed them together. I then topstitched the seam with my cover stitch. Flip your tunic over and now sew the front top pieces to the front bottom piece and top stitch them down. Now you can continue on with the pattern instructions for adding the sleeves, neckband and hems.
I really love how the color blocking gave my pattern a totally new look. I can’t wait to experiment some more with color blocking my favorite tee.
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