Art on a Hanger–the tunic as a showcase for unique prints

Art on a Hanger–the tunic as a showcase for unique prints

a woman’s upper garment, either loose or close-fitting and extending over the skirt to the hips or below.

 “tunic.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 25 Mar. 2014.                    <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/tunic>.

 

The Tunic—always in fashion, but in the forefront this year.  We have some fabulous fabrics to showcase on this iconic garment piece.

What is the right length for a tunic?  Remember the two thirds/one third rule of proportion? The tunic by definition will be the 2/3.  What will the one third be?  Pants?, Jeans? Skirt? Shorts? Leggings?  In general, the longer the bottom,  the shorter the tunic.  One exception is leggings.  Because of their close fitting styling, they will not overpower the longer top.  In fact, be sure the tunic amply covers your derriere!  When choosing a long skirt, you could wear the twenties look of a blouson tunic to soften the transition between top and bottom, but in general if you want a dress, you can make tunic dress rather than two pieces.  I found this post from last year that has some good info on choosing your best look. http://www.styleblueprint.com/fashion/wear-tunic/

We have some fabulous prints in stock right now that will work up so well in a tunic style.  These dramatic and unusual prints can stymie even a seasoned sewist. The sewing is easy, the vision is sometimes elusive.  We thought we’d share some photos to inspire those who love the fabric and want some tips on how to use it.

Empire
Fabulous digital print featuring NYC.

To display this print, you will need a pattern with very few design lines, preferably only side and shoulder seams.  Here are some mapping images from the mill that may be helpful.

Short dress
Short dress
New York
Tunic

In addition to the Empire panel, we have a tee shirt panel, also imported from a French mill.  Whether you choose a tee or a tank, this simple, yet elegant designer tee will elevate the everyday to wearable art.

Pastiche Panel
Pastiche Panel

We’ve added some inspirational rtw tees to our Trends board on Pinterest. 

Not all tee shirts need to be fitted.  Here’s one style that might appeal for warm weather. We think you could make this in a knit as well as a woven as shown.

Loose Fitting Tee
Loose Fitting Tee

If you want to see a great use of large motifs, take a look at Alma’s dramatic tee made from Aberdeen (no longer in stock.)

Alma added interest to this dramatic print by using a pitched hemline.  Read More in the Salon.
Alma added interest to this dramatic print by using a pitched hemline. Read More in the Salon.

Castle-2

Have you considered border prints?  They are so on trend right now. We just brought in a happy print that mixes a flower-box border with a snakeskin center.

Shown draped on our "Matilda" mannequin.  See product page for more images.
Shown draped on our “Matilda” mannequin. See product page for more images.

We have a Pinterest board devoted to inspiration for borders also.

For creative ideas with borders, look no further than SB staffer, Janee’s, ASDP finalist design. For more on how she designed this dress, see the article in our Online Swatch.

Terraces dress front2-400x400

What tunic style will you choose?  You can design your own, modify an existing TNT pattern or use one of the many patterns available for the style you prefer.  Burdastyle just recently showcased some of their tunic patterns with our fabrics. Head to their blog to see four styles that may work for you.

Striped tunic
See More styles with our pairings on Burdastyle Blog

 

I hope this post has encouraged some of you to venture forth into the world of unique prints. We think the ones we’ve shown you here are fabulous fabrications. It just takes a little imagination to figure out how you want to wear the print and the tunic is a great place to start.  Don’t forget to share your pics with us for the Gallery so you can inspire others.

 

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