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Monday, October 12, 2015

A perfect pattern for an indecisive month: Sis Boom Sophie Tunic Part I

October has always been a difficult sewing month for me. I am not ready to commit to styling Hobbes with the long sleeve warmth of Winter, we have quite enough snow-covered months ahead of us; but the summer heat and the spaghetti strap dresses are now behind me. After receiving another beautiful mix of Sis Boom prints that included Caravelle Arcade Abby in Blue and Daisy in Green, I decided to capture October indecisiveness with a new to me pattern that allows me to change my mind too. Well in lengths that is!

Sis Boom Sophie Tunic offers four different sleeves styles that include short and long sleeve, cuffed and my favorite, a cap sleeve. It also outlines a few different hem lines so you can shorten your top, or create a tunic length top to wear over leggings too. You can even get creative with your keyhole, with options for contrasting fabric overlay and different keyhole closures.

For my first Sophie look, I made Hobbes a simple tunic. I wanted to sew it in the patterns' purest form to highlight an incredible aspect of design manipulation we may often forget about: Cutting pattern pieces ON THE BIAS:

You have to be very careful when you are cutting on the bias, or your garment may move or even stretch in the wrong direction. With the Sophie pattern, I was careful to cut it diagonally along the grain, however, because the pattern design includes flaps on the bottom ends of the tunic, I knew that my fabric wouldn't pull. 

Before cutting, I decided to redraw the pattern piece on wax paper so I would have the finished outline of the top. I did this truly to make fabric placement easier, as I wanted my keyhole to lay perfectly on the cream section of my Abby in Blue Fabric.

One of my favorite features on this top is the pleat on the sleeve. Just one little inverted pleat and the tunic has a soft and airy feel to it. I choose to sew my tunic with the cap sleeve, imagining it would look sweet over a long sleeved knit top or layered perfectly under Hobbes collection of faux fur vest.

I really enjoyed the simplicity of this pattern and already have mountains of ideas for my next few. It really is a great pattern to showcase a very bold print. And the versatility is endless. Join me Friday, for Sophie Tunic Part II, a different spin on Sophie. 
Here is a sneak:

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Special thanks to the amazing duo Thomas and Tiana over at Tk photography
Beautiful hair pretties by the talented Julie at Little Sparrow Boutique

Till Friday!
Happy Sewing,
-Merav, Designer at Baby Hobbes Design

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