I’ve always been a little hesitant to sew with large scale boho, paisley, or geometric prints- what if I end up with huge mandalas on my boobs? – But they keep popping up in my feed, and in a moment of weakness, I ordered this paisley-ish single brushed poly print in royal from Sly Fox Fabrics.
My original plan was to sew a Mama Adelyn dress, but then someone else in the tester group sewed up the Adelyn in that print (and it looked awesome, btw), and I’m kind of picky about having unique clothes, since I’m going to all the trouble of sewing them myself, so I had to re-think my plan.
The Hepburn tunic from Itch to Stitch came to the rescue- the simple lines wouldn’t break up the print too much, and would make it easier for me to make sure I didn’t end up with the dreaded mandala-boob.
I sewed up my usual size 00 chest/waist to 0 at the hips, and I’m really glad I did the grading, and didn’t just go with a straight 00. The turtleneck ended up more fitted than I had expected based on the listing photos, but it fits me to a “tee”, so I can’t complain, and I love this type of print much more than I thought I would!
I even managed to match up one of my side seams almost perfectly, which is always a moment of sewing pride. Can you see it? Can you? Boo yah!
These were from the first version of the pattern, so they never got properly photographed, since they weren’t an accurate reflection of the final version, but I love them anyway!
The dark wash and high waist are a perfect match with my paisley Hepburn, and I think this combo will get plenty of wear!
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