Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine’s Day Outfits / Carmen’s Tunic / Sewing with Knits


Have you tried sewing with knits yet?  I finished the girls’ Valentine’s Day outfits yesterday and I love them!  They do too.  This pattern is Carmen’s Tunic by Lille Skapet.   This is only my second time sewing with knits and I think they came out great.  (Click here for my post about the knit shirts that I made for the boys.)


This pattern is really straight forward and easy to follow.   Berritt even gives two different options for construction.  I chose option B.



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I especially love the square neckline.



I’m always nervous that I am going to make something for the girls and that it will be too small.  I have gotten into this habit lately of making things way too big for them just in case.  My girls typically wear a size 7 or 8 but my paranoia took over and I made them the size 9.  This pattern is so forgiving that It still looks fine.  It will just be more of a dress this year and will fit as a tunic for next year.

IMG_0434I also found the perfect buttons to go with this print.   You may notice that the heart fabric at the corner were it meets the purple trim is a bit gathered.  I still need to work on this as I did the same thing on both tunics.  I’m probably the only one who will ever notice it.  When the girls are wearing it there is a lot of movement in the fabric so it is hard to tell.


Since we had the perfect buttons, I just had to make some quick hair clips to go with the outfit.  I literally made these as the girls were eating breakfast this morning.  Just cut a piece of 3/8” grosgrain ribbon to 4 1/2 “.  Heat seal the ends with a liter.  Hot glue the ribbon onto an alligator clip.  Finally, hot glue the button on.  Easy Peasy!




I definitely give this pattern a thumbs up.  Knits are just so cozy and it is what my girls prefer to wear.  I was just nervous about sewing with it in the past.  I think that I am finally over my fear.   I have Lille Skapet’s legging pattern and plan to try that next.  They also have a really cute dress called Mari’s Playdress that I am hoping will include big girl sizes soon.

If you would like to give knits a try here are a few suggestions:

Lille Skapet

Lil Blue Boo


Carla C

Mod Kid

Train to Crazy

I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

From An Igloo



Here are a few of our outtake pictures.





This is my favorite.    Mary Katherine Gallagher Superstar!



  1. That is really cute. I'm nervous about knits for some reason, I think I'll have to try this pattern out.

  2. so cute!!! your girls are adorable... they like to pose! :)
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  4. I haven't tried knits yet but need to get brave! These are so cute. :)

  5. Hi there! Thanks for checking out my tunic. I also found the neckline to be a little tricky, and unlike you, my tunic turned out a little small! Oops :) I should probably be more like you and make it a size bigger to be on the safe side. Good advice! Yours turned out darling and your girls look adorable in them!

  6. Darling dresses!! :) Love the square neck and the fun pattern.


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