Crazy block tunic

Some people, those with no ‘sewel’ (sewers soul) would say that I buy too much fabric, I would reply: sew what? I set myself the challenge of scrap busting, patchwork seemed the obvious choice but I am rather slap dash and very undisciplined.  Crazy blocking has much more appeal as you generally make it up as you go/sew along.

Firstly I rummaged through my scraps under 10 x 15 cm box, yes I catogorise my scraps by size, it’s another procrastinating pastime!  After a happy trip down material memory lane the winners were selected. The bright colours  and slightly japanese theme made it to ‘boot camp’.

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This is my kind of sewing when you need to chill, just let the fabric decide and don’t plan or worry. You could call it material meditation or sewga (yoga – a step to far in the sewing pun arena?).  You basically line up your fabric, sew and flip over, and add another………There are plenty of guides/tutorials around, the basic rules are:

trim seams

press, press and press

maintain a uniform seam allowance ( I tried, I promise)

After a happy escapist hour or two I had a panel complete, I gave it a good old pressing then had a brew and pondered on the possibilities. It was almost like having a bespoke mid-shaped fat quarter!

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As the panel was a sort of bottom heavy oval I toyed with the idea of a burp cloth for my soon to be born niece. Before I knew it my beloved french curve was earning it’s keep and a tunic was drafted. I cut another in gingham (after rick-rack, my next fave thing) sewed them together right sides facing leaving a small gap for turning out. Pressed, and added a rick-rack edge cunningly closing the turning gap at the same time. I trimmed the sleeves with another of life’s can’t live withouts: bias binding.

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Feeling cocky after this project I planned (ahem, dreamed) about making a big curtain, of course this is on the to do list!

A willing model for my stitching wizardry

Maebh ready for summer festivals

so cute, I must do this again!

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2 thoughts on “Crazy block tunic

  1. Thank you I hope it has inspired you to make something with scraps, sadly I don’t have any more photos. I am machineless next week (holiday) and plan to hand sew a small block to keep me sane! I will blog it’s progress, the best advice I can give anyone is don’t worry & go with the flow, mistakes are ‘bespoke features’. People often ask me when I buy fabric or am cutting out or even sewing: what are you making? I usually reply that I don’t know until it’s done!

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  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s gorgeous! Would love to see some images of the back of the ‘bespoke fat square’, as it would help me understand the process. Also some images of the drafting bit. Am a total non-sower and very nosey. Can’t wait to see the curtain.

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