My youngest daughter left for 6 week work trip to Bangladesh this morning, and yesterday morning, she picked out her fabric and pattern for me to make her a work appropriate tunic for that part of the world. So, I didn't get a photo of her in it, but I did manage to snap a few on the dress form. She chose this lavender and green ikat print from SewBaby, and Butterick 4238.
This is an out of print pattern, but with the asymmetrical hemlines, I think it still is very current. I made View B, and the body pieces are cut on the bias, which I think looked pretty interesting with the ikat print. It only took 2 yards which is pretty great for a long sleeve tunic cut on the bias! I raised the neckline about 1 inch, per her request, and I also raised the spot on the pattern where the side slits start.
Here's a back view for you. I feel like the back has some odd fullness in it that is related to the fabric being on the bias. When she gets back, I'd like to tweak that a bit- perhaps but in some waist darts.
I hope that she gets a lot of use out of it on her trip. In Bangladesh, women dress very modestly, but the clothing is also very colorful. She says that most women wear beautiful clothing, even while doing work such as farming. It's funny that it's kind of the opposite here- so many people are wearing blue jeans when working in offices.
While she is there, she intends to order some custom made sets. Apparently, you can get complete sets that include a tunic, scarf, and pants for under $25! And made to fit you as well!
Have you seen Vogue's new patterns? There is one that would have been just ideal for what she wanted, Vogue 9159. It is designed for knits though, which might be a little warm for Bangladesh- I think most of their tunics are rayon. But, I'm putting it on my wishlist anyway!
Do you like this style of tunic? I do, but I have yet to make myself something like it. And, do you have certain people who think you are magic and can make something in a blink of an eye?