Weekend Sewing

This weekend I finally got around to a bit of sewing, I’ve been meaning to work on a project for weeks now, perhaps even months.  I’ve certainly had the pattern sitting on my shelf for two months, looking at me all accusingly, saying “When are you going to sew me then?”.  Well finally I decided the moment was now.  The pattern in question was the Schoolhouse Tunic from Sew Liberated.  Ever since I saw it on Meg’s website I’ve been in love with the idea of making one but simultaneously worried about the complexity.

On Saturday I decided to bite the bullet and cut out the pattern, from then on I was a woman possessed!  I followed along with Meg’s simple instructions, step-by-step, bringing me a little closer each time to having a finished piece of clothing.  I struggled a bit with fixing the sleeves in place but with a little perseverance I got there.  After about 3 1/2 hours of cutting and sewing on Saturday evening I had a partially finished garment that I happily finished off on Sunday morning and wore all day long.


This is definitely the most complicated garment I’ve ever made and it was a challenge but I was happily surprised by the wonderful results.  The pattern worked beautifully and Meg’s instructions were excellent, allowing me to work carefully through each step and achieve something that fit me perfectly, keeping me comfortably cosy all day long.   This has fired me up to do more sewing and challenge myself to try another project, I’ll keep you posted!

I’m sure you’d like to join me in sending healing thoughts out to Meg’s new little son who has just undergone heart surgery.  I’m sending my humble hopes and prayers to this inspiring woman and her family, wishing them strength and healing over the coming days.


  1. #1 by Karen on March 8, 2011 - 3:02 am

    You put me to shame with your sewing and other homemaking skills Em. My lone attempt at sewing in school resulted in me sewing the crotch to the hem of my shorts, not quite the look I was going for. I accepted defeat and have not attempted sewing again since. I can barely stitch on a button!

    Your tunic looks lovely, a proud accomplishment! And prayers to your friend and her son…

    xo Karen

    • #2 by emmalina73 on March 10, 2011 - 4:39 pm

      Lol, well I can’t play guitar, piano, run a business, play soccer… ; )

  2. #3 by embracingitall on March 8, 2011 - 9:48 am

    Your tunic is lovely. I follow Meg’s blog and too have sent my well wishes to their little boy and them all as a family. Enjoy wearing your lovely tunic! Jacinta

    • #4 by emmalina73 on March 10, 2011 - 4:39 pm

      Thanks Jacinta, I’m enjoying my lovely tunic and keeping an eye on Meg’s blog for progress on their lovely little bean : )

  3. #5 by Helen on March 8, 2011 - 9:06 pm

    Great tunic, congratulations.

    • #6 by emmalina73 on March 10, 2011 - 4:37 pm

      Thanks bean!

  4. #7 by movita on March 10, 2011 - 1:53 am

    Oh my goodness, that tunic is perfection. I bow to your sewing superiority.

    • #8 by emmalina73 on March 10, 2011 - 4:40 pm

      Lol, it is all down to a great pattern!

  5. #9 by Ellen on March 11, 2011 - 6:48 pm

    I can relate to having something sitting on a shelf & staring at you, begging you to begin. Beginning is the most difficult sometimes. The shirt/tunic looks lovely – is it linen?

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