Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Crimson Poppies Aberdeen Tunic

This isn’t the first Aberdeen Tunic I’ve made, and it probably won’t be the last. The pattern is from the March 2015 issue of Seamwork magazine. It calls for one and a half yards of knit fabric, but for this version, I managed to cut the main fabric out of just a yard, and used a scrap from my Navy Julia Cardigan for the neckband. Earlier during Me-Made-May, it was pointed out to me that I tend to dress primarily in dark blues. This is true. However, I wanted a bright new top for the new season, so I decided to deviate from my usual somber hues and picked Paparounes Knit in Crimson by Katarina Roccella for this shirt. Since it’s an Art Gallery knit fabric, it was easy to work with. I didn’t even try to match the stripes at the seams. I did, however, carefully pin the selvages together in order to make sure that the stripes were perfectly horizontal since this was my first time working with striped apparel fabric.

One of the things I love about the Seamwork patterns is that they are designed to be super quick. I am usually a very slow garment sewer. Generally, I cut pattern pieces out on Sunday, sew 15-30 minutes a day during the work week and stay up late Friday and/or Saturday to finish a garment in a week. The Aberdeen Tunic is such a quick sew that I cut it out on a Friday and sewed it up on a Saturday. Talk about instant gratification!

There’s not much more to say about this shirt. It’s quick, fun and comfy to wear. I’m looking forward to the new installment of Seamwork because I’m hoping to discover another speedy go-to pattern for my repertoire.

For this photoshoot, my pint-size photography assistant wasn’t nearly as helpful, so I’m back to taking all the pictures myself with the self-timer function on my camera.


  1. haha. You know I really like this top AND really like it on you - just darling. But I also love the last photo with your uncooperative "assistant". Made me smile. Here's to another new favorite go-to pattern soon!

  2. Looks great on you! I think this might be a good choice for me for a first garment since it doesn't have inset sleeves. I like the way the sleeves looks on you. On the model, it looks a bit bulky under the arms. One day I'll get the courage to try!

  3. Your Aberdeen tunic is lovely! The fabric is just perfect for this top - I tend to wear jeans a lot so anything that looks nice with them is a winner!