WIW: tunic town

 Recently I've been on a tunic-sewing and -wearing kick, it seems. Here are a few outfits from the last week or so.

1 (worn for a day off): white bootcut jeans (Lucky, Lolita); brown and white wavy-stripe cowl-neck tunic (made by me); brown belt with brass buckle (B-Low the Belt); pewter suede high-top sneakers (Paul Green).

2 (worn for day off): white jeans as above; green, teal, ivory, and charcoal marbled print sheer sweater peasant top (made by me); black sling-back Mary Janes (Think! Aida). This top used to be a mid-thigh tunic--I finally cut it off, after thinking about doing it for maybe a year! I love my "new" top!

3 (worn for a day off): taupe angled-hem tunic (made by me, from same pattern as tunics in outfit 4, which you've seen before); taupe cashmere shredded-knit shrug (made by me); light gray skinny ankle jeans (NYDJ, Clarissa); taupe nubuck booties (Paul Green). I swear the taupes looked better together in real life than they do in the photo. At least I thought so!

4 (worn for a day teaching sewing class): charcoal skinny pants (Halogen); gray, black, and white layered angle-hem tunics (made by me); gray and black print mesh knit shrug (made by me); gray moto boots (Frye, Lynn). Hair courtesy of bike helmet--before heading to work, I test-rode some bicycles.

5-6 (worn to work--and for bike commute): black skirted leggings (Eileen Fisher); stone angled-hem tunic (made by me--yup, same pattern as above!); gray, black, and olive pieced-knit long vest (Dolce Vita); gray moto boots (Frye, Lynn);  olive leather moto jacket (AllSaints, Hawks); taupe shoulder bag (Aunts & Uncles). Flat hair courtesy of helmet again--I rode my new bike to work! The leather moto jacket saw a few outings this week--perfect weather for it, as Angie pointed out today on the blog.

7-8 (worn for a day off and to teach sewing class): green, teal, ivory, and charcoal peasant top again, as above, with dark wash boyfriend jeans (Kut from the Kloth, Catherine) and gray shimmer oxfords (Naot, Kedma). Changed into charcoal bootcut ponte knit pants (NYDJ) and black suede booties (Paul Green, Barbara) for work. Again, some helmet head from bike errand before I headed to work.

I'm excited about the new bike, but I can see there are going to be some less-than-stellar-hair days in my future.

Thanks for looking! I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

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  • Staysfit replied 5 years ago

    Oh my! I love them all, but my favorites are the white wavy and the taupe angled hem! Your talent continues to amaze! All outfits are fab!

  • Style Fan replied 5 years ago

    I like all your looks.  I have a sweet spot for Fryes.  You are such a talented seamstress.  I didn't notice "helmet" head.

  • Quietgirl replied 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness, those tunics are great! I also really like you in the peasant top. Those colors look so rich on you! I have been sewing too. Almost finished is a full eyelet skirt for a Derby Day party (May2).

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    You really do look amazing in tunics! I am trying to figure it all out. What is it that makes them a slam dunk for you where I find them so challenging to wear? I think it is your long, slender yet strong legs that make them so marvellous. I feel like a tree stump in them. 

    My absolute favourite is the asymmetrical one. The magic of diagonal lines. Wow! 

    The colours and pattern of the peasant top put me in mind of a pre-Raphaelite master. Gorgeous! You have a real gift for finding interesting fabrics. I love it especially in #8. 

    Congrats on riding your bike to work. 

  • replied 5 years ago

    Wow, you MADE these! You are so talented! I don't have enough time to take in the beauty of these as I have to skip out to work, but I'm definitely coming back to indulge later!

  • replied 5 years ago

    Sharan, what fab tunics! You are a whizz, with the fabulous jersey and knit fabrics. I love the wavy stripe one and the sheer boho style top has a lovely neck detail.

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    I love your tunic outfits and 5 is my favorite. I also like 1 and would like to see how it looks without the tuck.

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    My favorites are the multi-colored peasant top and the asymmetric taupe tunic, but you look great in all of these.

  • jackiec replied 5 years ago

    You look amazing in tunics! And good for you for taking up the bike commute. I need to get on my bike way more often this year. Very inspirational. My fav is the assymetrical hem mixed taupes outfit. Looks fantastic to me! But all the looks are great - and no sign of helmet-head, honestly :)

  • texstyle replied 5 years ago

    I think my favorites are the peasant top and the asymmetric tunic - that tunic is fantastic - I wonder how that pattern would be with a color block design...

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    OF COURSE, you look fabulous each day. (No helmet head on my computer screen). 

    But #3, 4 and 5 are absolutely Killer Wow. Beautiful mix of tonal colours are textures. 

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Thanks, Staysfit!
    Style Fan, thanks--
    appreciate the love for my one pair of Fryes. :)
    Quietgirl, you'll have to show us your derby outfit. The skirt sounds pretty, and you wear white so well!
    Suz, I'm with you. I would think tunics would be a way to add the interest you've discussed. But darned if I know why they are hard for you to wear. I'm somewhat short-waisted and slightly long-legged for my height. I think you're probably right that it's a question of proportion. Every time you wear that angled-hem tunic of yours, I swoon over it on you, though. So whatever that proportion is, it works!
    Thanks, Aliona and shevia!
    Diane, the neck on the peasant blouse is designed that way in the pattern, although I used a mesh knit and left it raw-edged, which wasn't part of the design. It's one of the things I love about the top, though.
    Joy, I like your suggestion. I'll have to try the wavy-stripe tunic left out. I like the idea of a cleaner look. I think I felt it was an awkward length, so decided to add the belt & semi-tuck.
    texstyle, great idea--the tunics would be good with a color-blocked design. I could try it with remnants.
    jackie, Angie, and others--thanks for reassuring me about the hair. And thanks for your kind comments!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    #3 is making me swoon Sharan - love the varying shades of taupe here, the proportions and the fit. Absolutely GORGEOUS outfit on you.

  • kellygirl replied 5 years ago

    You have got that angled tunic down pat. I love it in all variations. In fact, I LOVE all of your made by me garments. So awesome. I don't see any helmet hair at all. YLF!

  • Peri replied 5 years ago

    #3! ;)

    And I also love the colors of #8 on you!

  • AM replied 5 years ago

    3, 4, and 5 hit you mid-thigh. And I think that gives you that longer line. Makes us all of us think you are taller than you are. You look fabulous in neutrals but the blues/greens of that one blouse look great on you. I like the blue/green styled in 8. And you never cease to impress with your skills. Well done!

  • Mipfrog replied 5 years ago

    Wow!! I especially love outfit number 3, I guess making it youself means you can get the assymetrical top lines to stop in the perfect place. Very clever!

  • Aida replied 5 years ago

    It's been a great week to ride to work! Gorgeous tunics, and in particular outfits #3 and #4 really jump out at me. Love seeing all the bits of white, too.

    I also see no signs of helmet hair, totally jealous. That is the
    singular reason I've been growing my hair out a bit, so that after
    riding I can pop it up in a pony tail -_- My hair is thinner than yours though, I think. If I rode a bike to work, I would keep some mousse  or dry shampoo at work and then pop some in on arrival to fluff everything back up again. No joke ^^

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    You sure do churn out those tunics! And they all look fabulous. I love your choice of fabrics. I see no sign of helmet hair!

  • replied 5 years ago

    I'm back to admire! I love all these, but my faves are 3 and 5. Especially 3. The way the shrug and angled tunic work together is just divine. I love how all the pieces you made are so different--and so creative. Your level of sewing skill gives you so much freedom to experiment and add diversity to your wardrobe: You can take risks because if something doesn't work, you get to change it up! And I like the new length of the peasant top.

    Enjoy the cycling!

  • rachylou replied 5 years ago

    Well... I mean, the tunics are fantastic! Why wouldn't you be into it?! ;)

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Thanks, everyone!
    AM, good point about the length--thank you!
    Sarah, so funny. You'd think so, yes! But I'm less systematic about tunic length than I could be. I'm not always sure what I want till I see it.
    Great idea, Aida, to take hair products to work!
    Aliona, you're right. I will often take risks with my sewing. It's only fabric (and money), and it's all a learning experience and fun.

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