The 2-hour Tunic by Linda MacPhee

A week or sew ago I got all excited about this new pattern from Linda MacPhee. 


This pattern is sew new, it’s not even on Linda’s website. (yet)  (At the time of writing this)


2014-04-25 14.22.45Sew, I had this piece of stretchy burnout lace in a burgandy colour in my secret stash.  It’s lightweight and thin, but with my trusty serger at hand I decided to brave the challenge.

2014-04-29 13.53.33First I traced my pattern onto a folded piece of paper sew that I could open out the piece of fabric and cut two backs at the same time.  Which is what I did after pinning the pattern to the fabric.  My assistant, Rock, is very helpful and is making sure a big wind doesn’t come up and blow my pattern away.

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I then separated one piece and re-cut the front neckline.  The pattern has a few options for the neckline, but keep in mind that you can always cut it deeper.  I chose the lower neckline, ’cause summer’s coming.  You can see the chalk mark on the picture below.

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2014-04-29 14.19.15I used my rotary cutter to cut a bunch of one inch wide strips of fusible knit interfacing, across the grain.  This product comes in white and black, and I use it for lots of other applications, too.

2014-04-29 14.24.31I used a hot steamy iron to fuse the interfacing to the inside of both the front and back of the neckline.  Because it’s stretchy, I could ease it to the rounded shape.  If your piece is too short, just overlap a new piece by about 1/4 inch and carry on.  You can see the join on the bottom piece.

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I set my trusty Husqvarna Viking 200S serger for a 4 thread overlock and joined both shoulders. I also finished off the neckline with the same stitch.

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Then, with a wooly nylon in the upper looper, I used a 3 thread rolled edge to finish the sleeve bottoms and the sides and bottom hem of the front and back.  Here’s a great opportunity to show off you cornering skills!

ps, my serger loves me.  Notice that I have the needle thread wrapped around the needle.  I figured it would break partway through, AND IT DIDN’T!!!!!

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Back to 4-thread overlock for the side-seams.  I fixed the needle thread.

Now to the sewing machine.  I turned a double hem to the inside and top-stitched it into place, using the “lightening stitch” on my Husqvarna Royale.

2014-04-29 15.34.12A light press and voila, it’s finished.  Took me a bit longer than 2 hours, even with Rock’s help, and that included stopping to take lots of pictures.

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I’m going to make more of these, they’re very flattering and over a pair of leggings, I actually feel a bit thinner, lol.

I’d love to see your comments on this post, are you going to make one, or two, or three?


7 thoughts on “The 2-hour Tunic by Linda MacPhee”

  1. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you make this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz respond as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to
    find out where u got this from. thanks a lot

  2. I have sat here with my coffee on this Sunday morning. I have watched a few of your tutorials and found them very helpful. Thank you very much from Nova Scotia.
    You came via Linda MacPhee. I am also a long time supporter of her.

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