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Custom Tunic

Convert a shirt pattern into a contemporary cowl top.

Threads #201, Feb./March 2019
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In my custom-clothing business, I design and produce garments that are classic in style but modern in detail, fabricated in luxurious textiles. Pieces like these can be expensive, but they’re worth the price. Their versatility makes them good-looking staples for any wardrobe.

A perennial favorite garment from my collections is a cowl-neck tunic, which I sew in top-quality white fabrics. It’s a sophisticated update to the traditional white blouse, and it works with skirts, pants, and even under easy-fitting jackets and sweaters. In white, the tunic has a minimalist appeal. Try it in a patterned or colored fabric for a different effect.

You can adapt a basic shirt pattern to make your own version of this tunic. Choose a pattern with some ease and a relatively flat sleeve cap. Avoid princess seams, and opt for side bust darts or no darts at all.

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