4.02.2019

NewLook 6292 #2 | Tunic Top + 'Life'

Little did I know that when I published the post about the magical day at Biltmore, that would be the last day that felt of any normality.  I have been oh-so-sick..... the sickest I can ever remember and even though it was a struggle to take these photos this morning, it felt good as I'm trying so hard to return to my 'life'.
Wanting a fresh new outfit to wear to the Biltmore on March 15, 2019, NewLook 6292 view D with view C long sleeves was cut out on March 11 and finished on March 14.
The pattern was mostly chosen because I'd recently made it, below, and knew it'd fit and more importantly be long enough in the back to cover the derriere well with the new pair of leggings/skinny pants I also made specifically for the special day.  I wanted to be comfortable with all the walking, stair climbing and getting around the Biltmore Estate without worrying about uncomfortable clothing concerns.
This outfit was a great success on all accounts.  Decided to keep the hi/low hem thing going on even though I continue to not necessarily like this 'look' on me.
I just really wanted the coverage in the back.   Today I am also wearing the new leggings/skinny pants made specifically to go with this outfit.
It was unseasonably cold this morning and I look cold here.  Fabric came from my favorite only-open-once-a-month-to-the-public-textile outlet center and is some sort of lightweight polyester quite similar to the feel of the green/brown tunic fabric above.
Here, as at the Biltmore, I am wearing it with the white Itch to Stitch Hepburn Turtleneck made last year.  It was a cold day at the Biltmore, and it's a cold day today.  Also.... for some reason.... this placket turned out lower than the green/brown version and needs something underneath for modesty purposes.
Wanting to show you, below, how proud I am of not only centering the medallion design well, but cut and sewed the placket perfectly centered.
A little tricky process, I took a few photos during construction with the iphone to share a little of what I did.  Here I am beginning to line things up.  The instructions have you trace the placket sew lines and cut lines on the interfaced placket piece.  Here I am trying to find my center using the cutting mat.
Next I pinned the center cut line.  This would be the most critical point to line up.
Once I thought that was looking well..... I kept checking the pin points on the front and shifting things around in the back..... I added the pins to mark my sewing lines.  If you look carefully you'll see they are all pointing 'up'.  That's because I sewed this in 2 parts..... beginning at the neckline and sewing to the bottom of the placket, lock and snip threads.  Then sew the other line beginning at the neckline and sewing to the bottom of the placket, lock and snip threads.  This will keep the fabric from distorting while sewing.
One last check of the pins before sewing.  You can see the middle pins, marking the cut line, goes perfectly through the center of the medallion.  The other pins, marking the sew lines are centered on the medallion well.
One last look.    Hopefully I'll be posting about the little crossbody bag I made soon, as well as the leggings/skinny pants.
For now I'm still trying to get well.  I've lost quite a bit of weight and the brain feels fuzzy.  Test results show I have the Flu Strain A and boy it has been a doozy.  The doctor also thinks I'm battling a couple of other virusy type of things as well.  A sweet friend suggested I put the c. 1965 lined jacket aside as it's been too much of a struggle to work on..... thank you Sarah Liz..... and try to work on easier projects.
  The skirt is done and fits p-e-r-f-e-c-t-l-y. 
I followed her advice and finished 2 home dec pillows one afternoon using leftover sweater fabric from the recent Ottobre cardi.....
 .....complete with invisible zippers.  Why have I not put invisible zippers in my home dec pillows before?!!!  Super easy!!
It was nice to complete those home dec pillows that also gave me a sense of accomplishment.  Now I'm ready to take another look at that jacket.
Happy Sewing All!  :)

19 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear, Lisa, that you got hit so hard with the flu bug. It's been circulating in our area, too, and quite a few people have ended up with pneumonia on top of the flu and spent some time in our local hospital. Glad to hear you're on the mend now. Not only must your illness have been very inconvenient, but also downright scary, too. Take care of yourself, for sure.

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    1. Scary is a good word! My poor husband took an entire week off of work to care for me during the worst of days, but in reality there is only so much one can do. But it was such a comforting feeling that he was 'here'. I was sort of afraid to be alone there for a bit.

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  2. You poor thing, flu is horrendous. Do you have the option to have an annual flu vaccine in the US? The tunic looks lovely and I really love your cushions. Hope you feel better soon, but don't rush it - it can take a while to fully recover.

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    1. Yes we do and I will be getting it next year!!! The recovery time is what has surprised me. I'm usually healthy and don't get knocked for a loop, but this one is taking me more time to recover than I thought.

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  3. I'm so sorry that you were down with the flu. They said that strain was particularly nasty this year. Hope you will be feeling more like yourself soon. Both tops are very pretty and I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with that 1965 jacket.

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    1. I've had the flu before.... but never anything like this!!! Particularly nasty is right!!! It is exciting to see the jacket begin to come together now. I've never made anything like this before. Thank you Carolyn!

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  4. Oh no poor you!True flu is a very serious thing. My mum has often recounted when she got it in her 20's and how she had no recollection of how she made it home on the day she became ill and it took her 3 months to feel right. You must take care Lisa. You new top is lovely and beautifully sewn as usual....just be sure to pace yourself and stop when you're tired xxx

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    1. That's about my story here too!! Hopefully it won't take me 3 months to feel right.... but right now I am seriously thinking that is probably what I'm looking at. At least I'm able to 'function'.... sort of.... and I'm already 3 weeks in now. This stuff is truly awful. Thank you Diane.

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  5. I'm so glad you are on the mend! My son came down with the flu a few weeks ago. Thankfully we were able to contain it in our home by him staying put in his room. Flu season always concerns me because my WBC stays low now ever since I had chemo. The highest it gets is around 3.2 now. :( I love your tunic tops. You always choose such nice fabrics.

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    1. I am glad to hear you were able to contain the flu and hope your son is feeling better. And I am sorry to hear there is still a struggle with the WBC. That's what showed up in my lab results..... a very low WBC. I hope the flu season continues to pass you by this year and your own health continues to improve. And thank you for the sweet compliment. :)

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  6. I am so sorry you've been so unwell, but it appears that your body is fighting back, which is great! Your tops are so lovely and so beautifully styled. Perfect as the weather begins to warm up!

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    1. Trying to! Really knocked me for a loop though. Thank you Sue! :)

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  7. So glad you are starting to feel better. And I am glad my advice worked! Once you are back into the swing of things and do more everyday, you will get stronger and stronger. That jacket will emerge. In the meantime, you have made some beautiful pillows, and the tunic top is perfect for hiding the backsided. Always more flattering, I think. Take care Lisa

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    1. I so appreciate your care and concern and sort of having 'permission' to set that jacket aside was exactly what I needed. Thank you Sarah Liz!

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  8. I hope you are feeling better, Lisa. I love your new tunic and the matching leggings, they look great together 😍

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    1. Thank you so much Hana! I am beginning to feel better, but it seems to be taking a little bit of time.

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  9. I hope you get well soon and I'm glad too hear that you already feel better. The new tunic suits you very well and I like the look with the turtle neck underneath :)

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    1. Thank you so much Katharina!! I think I do too. The neckline just needs 'something'. :)

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