mandy munroe

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Urban Tunic

I’ve just made this tunic from a great pattern by Indygo Junction.


I’m a quilter! – not good with clothes, or choosing fabrics that look good when worn by me! The fabric I’ve used is designed by Hoodie and it’s about as patterned as I get. Maybe that’s why I quilt, I can use all the colours and prints I can’t wear. I love the fabrics shown here (by Amy Barickman) but they’d be no good draped on me.

There are four different ways to style the neckline and you can choose to add a zip or not. I summoned all of my strength and opted for the simplest version, wracked my brains trying to remember what I had learned at school about notches and darts, and plucked up the courage to cut the fabric.

Urban Tunic

I needn’t have worried, the pattern was very straight forward once I’d worked out which pieces I needed. It didn’t take long at all and amazingly it fits, not something I remember ever happening before. And I love the print!

(sorry not the best photo).


I should have clipped the curves around the armholes a little more before sewing the facings down – next time! – yes I’m thinking of making another one šŸ™‚

(You can find more of Hoodies fabric designs at Hoodies

While I was feeling confident I made this. A covered button of mini buttons on a background of Essex linen, but now I’m too chicken to sew it on. I’m such a plain Jane, “Classic” is probably a better term. Maybe I’ll add it to a bag.

Button of Buttons

19 comments on “Urban Tunic

  1. daniellajoe
    October 22, 2013

    Quilters are so talented šŸ™‚
    I like classic too šŸ™‚ nice tunic!!

    • mandymunroe
      October 22, 2013

      Thanks for your vote of confidence, I’m outside of my safety zone here! Love your sampler pouch.

  2. Pillows A-La-Mode
    October 22, 2013

    So pretty! I love it! Maybe you can turn that adorable “button button” into a brooch so you can pin it on your new dress on a brave day! šŸ™‚

    • mandymunroe
      October 22, 2013

      Haha, thanks for your kind words of support šŸ™‚

  3. knittingmydayaway
    October 22, 2013

    That looks so comfortable to wear and I think the fabric you chose is very classy.

  4. pomegranateandchintz
    October 23, 2013

    It looks great – clever you!! Enjoy wearing it, and I love the brooch.

  5. mosaicthinking
    October 24, 2013

    Nice job. It’s not too late to clip the curves. Or is it? If it is you could always try the old quilters trick of spraying those armholes with water and then giving them a good pressing. It’s great how we can apply our hard won skills across different domains, isn’t it?

    • mandymunroe
      October 24, 2013

      It is too late as I’ve top stitched the facings down, I’m sure steam will do it. You’d think as I can sew I’d be better at this!

  6. Tansy Martin
    October 24, 2013

    As a fellow Old Langtonian I am amazed that you look at any dressmaking. I am still traumatised by the stripy apron with embroidered pocket. The tunic looks very you though.

    • mandymunroe
      October 24, 2013

      Thanks Tansy, maybe that’s why I have zero confidence. You should give it a try, these patterns are a good starting point to get over it and move on, it’s time!

  7. Julie C
    October 24, 2013

    Well done I have not made anything with fabric to wear for myself since school, it looks really good and I like the button.

    • mandymunroe
      October 24, 2013

      Thanks Julie, maybe this is a place for you to start too!

  8. Mary Pat Smith
    October 27, 2013

    Hi, missed the one before – tunic looks great and love the pattern, but you know you can wear a little more color – just give it a try!

    • mandymunroe
      October 27, 2013

      Pink today then! – a little number I bought with some help in Rhode Island x

  9. mtetar
    November 2, 2013

    All your projects are really nice, and this one is a great Summer Wear. Blessings, Mtetar

    • mandymunroe
      November 2, 2013

      Thanks Mtetar

      • mtetar
        November 2, 2013

        You’re welcome and my pleasure always. Blessings, Mtetar

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