Archive | February 2016

Vogue 8952 Tunic with Contrast Cowl and Hem Band!

This tunic was part of my last-minute outfit for Christmas Day.  The fact that I was finishing it up on Christmas Eve and still had plenty of family time made me realize that this Christmas was definitely less stressful than some others.  Still, I don’t recommend this type of sewing procrastination, and next year I plan to do better!


If you look at the pattern drawings for Vogue 8952 view B you will see there is no hem band. Collar, yes; hem band, no.  But, trust me, I really needed this hem band!  This top as drafted did NOT function as a tunic on my body, at least not how I define “tunic.”  After sewing it up as it was intended, I modeled it for my husband along with the black leggings.  His raised eyebrow told me everything I needed to know.  And I no longer believe my husband is fashion illiterate because the next words out of his mouth were, “Why don’t you add a black band at the bottom to match the collar?”  Huh?  Has he been peeking over my shoulder when I’m on my tablet browsing fashion pics?  Well, anyway, I am rather pleased with the final outcome of this lengthened tunic, though I would add even more length next time.

Back view green tunic for blog final

The print fabric is an ITY knit from Denver Fabrics, and the black solid is a thin rayon-cotton knit from  The sleeves were hemmed using Steam-A-Seam Lite. The black solid draped so nicely for the cowl and I could tell there was no need to hem it, even though the pattern calls for hemming.  You wouldn’t even be able to see my work, so being a practical sort I skipped that.  I also did not hem the band since it hung so nicely and knits don’t unravel anyway.  These shortcuts were handy given my deadline, but if I had used a different fabric, it may have required hemming.  I do hem almost all my knits using a twin needle, though, because usually you can tell and it does make a difference, just not with this particular garment!

There are so many patterns out there nowadays with cowls, and one thing to note with Vogue 8952 is that the cowl is not folded over and sewn as a double-layered cowl.  It is just one big rectangle sewn on and then folded to the inside of the neckline and tacked down. I would guess with this style loosely tacked down, that if your fabric were not the same on both sides that it’s possible the wrong side could peek out.  Just something to keep in mind.  I would like to try a double-layer cowl next time I sew one.

View B was nice overall, but the sleeve head on the sleeve pattern was awfully high.  I just know this does not work for me, so I substituted my TNT Plantain tee pattern sleeve.  First I measured the Vogue armscythe to make sure it matched ok.  Everything worked out well!

View A is a raglan style, and I’ve seen some cute versions of that around the web, as well as View C which has cut-on sleeves and a more pronounced high-low hemline.  I will probably try the raglan and sew it with the intended length (which would be a top for me, not a tunic apparently.)

FINAL Scaled Good one for blog

Tunics are perfect for all seasons!  What are your favorite tunic patterns?