I don’t remember exactly how I stumbled across the Mercer Tunic but I do remember quickly realizing that those who had made it, had made it several times. I wanted to give it a try because I needed more summer gear and I figured that any pattern that sewists are willing to revisit over and over again must be a good one. I decided to try out a few different light and flowy wovens.
I found all of the fabrics at my nearest Joann Fabric and Craft store. I picked up a 100% polyester crepe georgette, a Nicole Miller lyocell/linen blend, and a Silky Prints metallic rayon. I wanted neutral colors and a light, summery feel.
I made the first tunic with the crepe georgette. Allie from Indiesew was kind enough to respond quickly to my email and confirm that this would work well for the pattern. I was super excited to hear back from her and I’m likely going to buy another Indiesew pattern for this reason alone. Thanks again!
Anyway, I was freaking out about how I was going to cut this slippery fabric. I found a post by Grainline Studio that outlined how to use paper when cutting through silk. This is exactly what I did and it worked like a charm. The extra work (and wait time for my roll of newsprint to arrive) was well worth it because my cutting job turned out extremely well. I used this method to cut out the other fabrics as well. In fact, I layered the lyocell/linen blend and rayon and cut them at the same time. I thought that the paper technique might be overkill but I also did not want to take the chance. I guess I’m risk averse when my shears are in hand!
I was able to sew the first two up with no major issues. I sewed a large first and then went down to the medium. I skipped the buttons on the first version but I added buttons to the second to contrast the light color and make it a little dressier. My button hole blunder turned out okay in the end.
I found it kind of tough to topstitch the neckline binding but I got the job done. The extra thickness near the placard was a challenge for my feed dogs alone. This was the tipping point for me and I went ahead and ordered a walking foot. $50! I hope it’s worth the investment. I am going to use this baby to complete the third and final tunic.
The polyester frayed like crazy. The lyocell/linen blend will forever be wrinkled. And I have yet to sew the rayon but it feels so cool and smooth. Now I understand why rayon is a favorite among a number of people. Poor man’s silk? I’ll take it!
I will post an update once my third tunic is complete! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.