Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Mulberry Tunic - A Pattern By Kid Approved for Willow & Co

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

It's Day 4 of our Glamping Week! Today I'm showing you the Mulberry Tunic I made for my little man. This pattern was designed by my friend Olga of Kid Approved, for Willow & Co. This is the second Mulberry I've made and I love it even more the second time around! (See my first version here)

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

When I was sewing my first version I kept seeing it in seersucker in long sleeves and couldn't get it out of my head until I made it come to life. And oh my goodness. I am SO glad I did!


The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

I used Imperial Nassau Seersucker from fabric.com. It is SO soft and buttery. Waaaaay better than some cheaper stuff I've used before. I want to use it to make all the things now!

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

So let's talk about the tunic! When I was cutting out the pattern, I asked E if he wants hood/no hood, pockets/no pockets. OF COURSE he chose to bling it out all the way ;) Go big or go home! I'm super happy he chose them, it's all in the details for me. 

I did make one minor change to the pattern as written. Instead of making the shirt hem I cut it straight across the bottom and then used a method from another Willow & Co pattern to create a split hem detail. If you've seen the patterns, you'll know I'm talking about the Hawthorn Sweatshirt. I CANNOT wait to sew that thing up! It's just way too warm here right now to think about sewing sweatshirts but I will certainly be making some in the fall!

I totally, totally love the result with the split hem on this version of the Mulberry. Basically the shirt turned out exactly like I envisioned in my head, and that is a beautiful thing.

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

For the bias tape hem finish on the inside I added that pop of orange that's working to keep the collection together. I've recently discovered I really love orange in kids' clothes and it was so FUN incorporating in my own little "collection".

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

I also double topstitched all the seams on this one, another fun detail to make things pop.

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

Eek! Love that orange!

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

Sadly I didn't have orange bias tape for the split hem, but I do love how the contrast and detail is working on the one I did have.

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

And now for the fun golden hour shots!

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

Can I just tell you I'm so totally in love with this outfit?! If you've been considering any of the patterns, well, I recommend them ALL, but the Mulberry, Kudzus, and Hawthorn are my faves for the boy!!

Outfit Details:

Tunic: Mulberry Tunic pattern from Willow & Co
Size Sewn: 5
Changes made: Straightened hemline and used split hem detail tutorial from the Hawthorn Sweatshirt pattern
Tee: Basic Tee - to be blogged soon!
Shorts: Kudzu Cargos (read about it here)

Fabric sources:
Mulberry: fabric.com
Kudzus: Joann Stores
Tee: thrifted tee

Happy Sewing!!


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18 comments:

  1. I loooooove this Mulberry. The fabric and the orange binding is perfection. And I LOVE that you used a technique from another of our patterns on this - yay.

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    1. Woohoo! Thanks Mie! I'm not just saying this, Willow & Co has AWESOME patterns! ;)

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  2. I love seersucker great spot for it! Wish my little guy would wear this top but he is on a strictly knit top stage.

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    1. I love seersucker too! I've seen quite a few versions of this pattern made in knits, actually! :)

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  3. Love it & looks so comfy also !!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks! He loves it so it must be :) The seersucker is so soft too, I want to make something for myself with it, ha!

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  4. I love it! The pop of orange, the hemline, the fabric, the perfect topstitching - everything looks superb! So well done! Looks awesome!

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    1. Yay!! Thank you Olga! I totally have other ideas up my sleeve for this pattern too, it's so versatile! Great job, you! :)

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  5. I love this fabric and your pictures are so amazing! Great idea to do the split hem too. Love!

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    1. Thank you! Golden Hour is my fave ;) The split hem was just kind of meant to be, I think!

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  6. love the fabric. Awesome job!

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    1. Thanks Jenya! Hehe, sneaky orange :)

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  8. I am a sucker for secret little pops like that orange bias trim! Also I'm going to have to get some of that seersucker bc it's perfect for boys!

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    1. That's what's so super fun about sewing right?! And yes that seersucker is pretty great, I have some left and I think I'll make him a pair of shorts yet. Just so he doesn't get the idea to pair the two together, lol :)

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  9. awesome sewing and photos Heidi!!

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