Saturday, October 08, 2016

The Tunic Bible


Hey all I have been keeping a secret for a year now!  Let me tell you it was one hard secret to keep.    I made a garment which is going to be in a book and it is very exciting.



I made a tunic for The Tunic Bible written by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr.  


Here is the details from the Press Release:

Sew the perfect tunic to express your style—from simple and modest to daring and chic! Mix and match collars, neck plackets, and sleeves for an endless variety of professional, store-quality results. Stitch up a sharp bodice pattern, designed to fit sizes XS to XXL, in assorted lengths, styles, and trims. Well respected in the sewing industry for their pattern reviews and online garment challenges, Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr make the tunic accessible and exciting for those with basic sewing skills and beyond.

 ■ Create chic, ready-to-wear tunics with a multi-length, graded pattern and expert construction tips 
■ Choose your style—casual, preppy, boho, or glamorous— with interchangeable sleeves, neck plackets, and collars 
■ Get advice on shopping for fabric and trims, guided by a huge gallery of inspiring tunic tops



Let me tell you, there is so many options to create an amazing tunic.   We can start with the placket, then the sleeves (length, cuff options, etc), length of the tunic, band finishes, slits or not slits and then all the embellishing  you can do,  

Head over to The Tunic Bible website and just see all the amazing tunics, which Julie and Sarah have created.  

My wants for  the tunic were a casual one, so I went with a plaid flannel which came from 
Style Maker Fabrics, along with the chambray.  My flannel is sold out but here is some great other options


A little more about the authors.....

Sarah Gunn is a member of the Mood Fabrics sewing team and a popular blogger. She is recognized for hosting an annual Ready-to-Wear Fast and inspires thousands of women to sew rather than buy clothes. She lives in Spartanburg, SC. goodbyevalentino.com 

Julie Starr is a favorite contributor to the 300,000+ global member website Sewing Pattern Review, where she won four consecutive annual awards based on member votes. She also participates in the Goodbye Valentino Ready-To-Wear Fast. She resides near Charleston, SC



The blog tour continues head over to more of these beautiful tunics



Ready to buy the book?  Head over to  C &; T Publishing and order your copy.  Plus all new customers receive a 30% discount by signing up at website.  Now thar is a good deal.

Also,leave a comment on some of the features you are excited to try and you will be entered for a chand to win a copy of the book. (International will be a digital copy)  Winner will be selected on October 12th



I sure enjoyed making my tunic. Also, I want to thank Sarah and Julie for letting me a part of the gallery with all these talented women.


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47 comments:

  1. Lovely! The more tunics I see, the more I want one (or two, or three...) Perhaps by the end of this blog tour I'll really be convinced!

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  2. I would like one maxi length.

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  3. That looks darling on you Lori! I think it's neat how you can mix and match parts and pieces until your heart is content. Once you have your perfect fit, you're golden to make gobs of garments with countless variations - so cool!

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  4. Lovely tunic, Lori! I would try one with long sleeves first as it is far too cold now where I live. Is there such a thing as a winter tunic? :-) After seeing all the different versions made by talented bloggers I think there are no limits.

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  5. I like the placket tunic with long or 3/4 sleeves as I like my arms covered. I would embellish the placket with embroidery, I have a favorite tunic that is worn out that I would like to duplicate

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  6. I like your shorter look---tunics are very versatile.

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  7. I'm beginning to think I'd like a tunic! Natural fabric, short length, long sleeves perhaps some embellishment on front neckline. Casual.

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  8. I'm beginning to think I'd like a tunic! Natural fabric, short length, long sleeves perhaps some embellishment on front neckline. Casual.

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  9. The shorter tunic is very flattering and versatile, thank you for sharing. I'm not sure which style I'd try first, but I'm thinking about a sleepless version for warmer months.

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  10. Oh, i live in tunics. Which features? All of them. This might be the all purpose, never need another pattern starting point :)

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  11. What a cute tunic! I like your version very much. I'd like to try some of the neckline variations.

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  12. i love the versatility of the tunic. I would love this book.

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  13. Love all the versions I'm seeing pop up all over the internet. The sleeve and neck variations make the possibilities endless and fun.

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  14. I think I would sew each version in the book, starting with the ruffle neckline.

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  15. I want to #tryalltheoptions. My mom and I will wear them.

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  16. I would begin with the classic tunic in linen.

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  17. I wanted to learn to sew so I could make the perfect tunic. I can't wait to try out lots of options to figure out what that is. My favorite RTW is plain with no placket but I love versions with wide embroidery or texture on the neckline. Basics first since I'm a fairly new at sewing. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  18. Lovely tunic, Lori! I'd like to try a silk tunic dress with embroidery at the neckline.

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  19. I would make a maxi tunic with an exposed embellished facing!

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  20. I like the idea of a split cuff. It has a different look and yet has a practical application. I am looking forward to seeing all of the embellishment ideas.

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  21. I love the idea of making the tunic your own with so many different ideas--I am thinking about the ruffled neck as a maxi!(bajjmayerATaolDOTcom)

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  22. I think I would like to make a dress length tunic with the split sleeves, or maybe ruffle sleeves :-)

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  23. Can't wait to get the Bible, but winning one would be better. Love the idea of flannel for fall/ winter, with a ruffle collar, and modifying long sleeves with traditional placket cuffs.

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  24. Can't wait to get the Bible, but winning one would be better. Love the idea of flannel for fall/ winter, with a ruffle collar, and modifying long sleeves with traditional placket cuffs.

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  25. Looking forward to having a copy of the book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  26. Love the choice of a plaid flannel for fall. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  27. Very cute! Love the idea of tunics!

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  28. Very cute! Love the idea of tunics!

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    1. Hey, congrats, you won The Tunic Bible - please email me girlsinthegarden@gmail.com

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    2. Hey, congrats, you won The Tunic Bible - please email me girlsinthegarden@gmail.com

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  29. I love yours! It really flatters your figure plus it's in my 2 fave colors to wear!

    Ksmith8@emich.edu

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  30. A ruffle collar sounds great, as well as all the options for contrasting fabrics! I'd love to win a copy of this book...thanks for including me in the drawing! (anniewannieannie@gmail.com)

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  31. I love the idea of plaid flannel, especially as the weather changes. Three quarter sleeves are my thing as I am at the PC for a good part of the day...Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  32. I love the fabric you chose and it will be so comfortable in flannel.

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  33. I love tunics and would like to mix up some of the components for different looks. Thanks

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  34. I would like to make a winter tunic....it is getting very cold!

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  35. I am just excited to try a tunic, not yet any idea about features...

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  36. Nice review...I love the personal tidbits about the authors. I'm interested in reading the book and experimenting with making a tunic...so many options to choose from. kathyhills22 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  37. Great tunic! I would make it with black silk and golden beads!

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  38. I love the mid length sleeve options. And those placket. I want to add packets to everything.

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  39. What a great concept! So versatile with all of the variations of neckline, sleeve finish and length options! I can't wait to get my hands on this book!!!

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  40. I love all the variations and would first try the ruffled sleeve!

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  41. Your tunic looks great! I look forward to reviewing the Tunic Bible.

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  42. I would love to make a sleeveless tunic dress in a blue floral! Thank you!

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  43. This book's going on my Christmas list!

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  44. The tunic looks wonderful on you, Lori!

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  45. Received my book and ready to make a muslin. You and I seem to be similar size. What size did you cut?
    Would be so helpful if bloggers would include what size they wear in rtw, what size pattern they used and alterations. Any additional info you can give would be so appreciated.

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