Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Firefly Aberdeen Tunic

Last fall, my garment sewing efforts ground to a screeching halt. I didn’t start or work on a single piece of clothing for all of October and November. Finally in December I found the time to cut out the pieces of a new Aberdeen Tunic, but those pieces sat neglected for weeks. I wanted to work on it, but I just couldn’t muster the time and energy needed to start it. Then, on December 31, as I wrote my year in review post, my desire to make something grew and grew until it overcame my inertia. At 10pm that night, I decided to see if I could make an Aberdeen Tunic under the advertised two hours. It took me two and a half hours, but since I don’t own a serger, I think that’s pretty dark quick. Most importantly, I had started the new year making something, and shook myself out of my sewing funk.

The fabric that I used for this shirt is Firefly Knit in Sigh by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery. From far away, it looks like a solid mint color, but up close it also has little white dots. It’s quite subtle and I really like it.

The eagle-eyed among you will notice that there’s something different about the neckline of this shirt. I loved the previous three Aberdeens that I have made from the Seamwork pattern, but the necklines have never sat 100% flat for me. I thought that if I took out the v-neck that would fix the problem. While the slightly scooped out neckline is less wavy, the shoulders are pulled down by the weight of the sleeves, so if anything, this shirt fits worse that my previous versions. Since it’s the middle of winter, I added the cuffs this time, and like them a lot better than I thought I would. While I still need to solve the problem of the neckline/shoulder fit, I learned a lot from making this shirt and enjoyed the process.


  1. I think it looks fantastic! Maybe you could add those bra loops to help keep it on your shoulders?

  2. I think it's darling on you and looks really comfy!