Pattern Review: Vogue 1255 Tunic
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This loose-fitting tunic has many fun and feminine details. There are four vertical pleats and three rows of raw-edge bias ruffles on either side of center front. An elastic casing appliquéd on the garment’s right side and self-fabric ties at the side seams give the tunic shape. The hem is a wide petal shape with matching insets along the lower side seams. Fabric-covered buttons and fabric button loops give an added designer look. The bracelet-length sleeves are gathered into a narrow bias cuff with a button and loop closure. The neckline is finished with a narrow bias binding, and topstitching is throughout. Our tester found it time-consuming to construct. To speed things up, he recommends pregathered trim, ribbon for the loops, and regular shank buttons. Tissue-weight silk, handkerchief linen, voile, batiste, and silk jersey are recommended. The tunic at right is made of lightweight silk shantung.
(Sized Misses’ 6-20 for busts 30.5-42 in.)
Style Tip: Let this top’s loose, flowing silhouette stand out by pairing it with simple, slim-fit pants.
-Tested by Toby Barton, Winstead, Connecticut
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Style Tip: Let this top's loose, flowing silhouette stand out by pairing it with simple, slim-fit pants.