Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Annamaria Tunic from Ottobre Design

I like to be organised. I'm a list kinda girl. If I have a 'to do' list, then I'm happy. So every summer I sit down with Tyger and make a list of things we need to sew for her. We then happily trot off to the fabric store, make our purchases, dutifully wash our fabric and then get sewing.

Except for when we don't. (Sew, that is. We always manage to get to the fabric store!) And the poor old fabric sits there, project pushed aside in lieu of life in general. Often the poor thing will sit on top of the sewing bureau, as a guilty reminder that I really need to sew it up soon, but before long the guilt inevitably gets to me, and I shove it in the actual bureau itself. Out of sight, out of mind and one less thing to feel behind on.

Thankfully fabric doesn't go off. And the Tyger didn't grow too tall, so I was able to rescue this fabric from the stash, where it had languished for a whole year, and make this tunic up for her. Phew. Better late than never, eh?

(Although note to self, Jorthy: maybe stop being so darn ambitious with your sewing goals, hmm?)

So here we have the finally finished Annamaria Tunic. You know things are a hit when they refuse to take them off after the photo session, and then try and wear them to school the next day, even when the forecast is for rain with possible hail. Jeepers - if I had have known it was going to be this well loved, I would have made it up sooner!

Tunic #1

Tunic #3

Tunic #2

Hee hee - like mother, like daughter. She sure likes those pockets!

Project Details
Pattern - Annamaria Tunic from Ottobre Design Magazine 3/2009
Fabric - Assorted quilting cottons
Notions - Interfacing and 30cm invisible zipper


  1. It looks lovely! and what a hit too....I love it when that happens. Too bad my current fabric storage is a glass cabinet! My unsewn fabric purchases are a glaring reminder everyday ;)

  2. Arrrggghhh! That would be my fabric nightmare! Imagine not being able to hide it from your better half, either. Shudder!

  3. Looks great. I have the pattern but I am a slack person and my girls already have loads of dresses. Loving those pockets.

  4. Oh, this is just lovely! You have a great eye for colour and design. I like that motto; "fabric doesn't go off", and thank goodness for that!!

  5. This is utterly gorgeous! Love your fabric selection

  6. Your daughter is so cute and she looks as good in red as you do. You have a good sense for putting fabrics together and don't feel too guilty - there is plenty of fabric and sewing that gets pushed aside for most of us!

  7. really pretty.. love the combination of different prints.. i can totally see why she doesn't want to take it off :)

  8. I always manage to do the going to the fabric store as well, yet the actual sewing ... it's actually a toss up of whether I am worse at the getting to sew bit or the blogging about it bit :-)

    I am currently trying to finish off the ufos for this year, 3 down and 3 more to go.

  9. Wunderschön, ein richtig hübschen Mädchenkleid :)



  10. I absolutely love your combination of fabrics! What a gorgeous dress. I hope Tyger doesn't have a huge growth spurt so she can keep wearing this for a long time to come.

  11. I have a lovely red rayon gingham cut out in Size 7 for DD - unfortunately, despite the fact that she is short, it's unlikely to fit her nearly-26yo self ;-)

  12. It's really beautiful. Nice work. I have to admit, I am a huge fan of pockets also :)

  13. haha - look at that GRIN! Sure sign of a sewing win. I adore those patterned fabrics mooshed together - its gorgeous :)


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