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Pattern Review: Kayla Kennington A-List Tunic 0225

Threads #181, October/November 2015

Sewing Tip: Experiment with curving the neckline and cutting a new corresponding facing or a binding.

This review was originally featured in Threads #181 (October/November 2015).

Kayla Kennington: A-List Tunic 0225

This tunic offers many options for the innovative sewer, in fabric selection and technique application. The asymmetrical design has a self-faced, slashed neckline, narrow long sleeves, a two-piece peplum flounce with a left-side slit, and waistline ties attached on the left side. The tunic is fitted at the bust, then flares gently over the waist and hips, with at least 7 inches of ease at the waistline. The fit can be adjusted with the ties. The front and back necklines are cut straight on the cross-grain, and form continuous horizontal lines with the shoulder seams. The instructions and illustrations are accurate, but note that seam and hem allowances must be added. Imaginative fabric choices and finishing techniques are mentioned on the guide sheet. This tunic can be dressed up or down depending on the fabric selected. It is ideal for knits, such as wool jersey, or for wovens in fibers such as silk, rayon, Tencel, or cotton. The design is striking in soft leather or supple suede. If trying lace, another intriguing option, our tester recommends going up a size.

(Sized XS-XXL for finished busts 30–46 in.)  (at SewingPatterns.com)

Sewing Tip: Experiment with curving the neckline and cutting a new corresponding facing or a binding.

-Tested by Toby Barton, Winsted, Connecticut

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