Handmade: Bird Tunic

Handmade: Bird Tunic

I fell in love with this gray bird print fabric while visiting family in Upstate New York. I purchased just 1 and 1/2 yards and headed home to California thinking I’d make a sleeveless tunic with this print. When I started designing this top I quickly realized that I did not have enough fabric to make the tunic the length I had imagined. As the fabric source was some 3,000 miles away I decided to improvise.

So, enter the solid gray Kona cotton fabric to make the band around the bottom. And the pockets. And all the binding. I was fortunate to find a near exact color match in the two gray fabrics–one solid and one with the bird print. I like how this “happy accident” resulted in simple color blocking without making the pattern or overall design too fussy. This is another alteration from the ever-useful pattern from Sonya Philip’s. I tapered the sides, lifted the hemline from dress length to tunic length, and added the small round pockets. I’ve been wearing this top with a cardigan and a pair of jeans all autumn. It’s quickly become a favorite. For more details, visit my blog post about the making of this tunic top.