How to Transform an Embroidered Beach Cover-Up into a Trendy Tuniccomments (2) August 1st, 2008
While on vacation last week, I took a break from the beach to partake in another of my favorite activities—window shopping in Chatham, MA, which led to fabulous fashion research! The "it" look was a tunic with a circular yoke around the neck. I was amazed at all the different variations I saw, everything from soft gathered fabrics, tubular sheaths, bubbles, and A-line silhouettes. Later that week, I found a cool embroidered beach cover-up in a thrift shop (for $5).
When I got home, I popped the cover-up on my dressform and thought about it for a while—I often do that when I'm trying to decide where to take a design. Looking at a garment or something I'm working on in 3-D always helps me decide how I'm going to proceed.
The larger open neckline was finished with a hand-embroidered blanket stitch. Inspired by my fashion research expedition during vacation, I decided to transform the embroidered neckline into a circular yoke. The rest of the cover-up offered plenty of embroidered fabric to make a gathered tunic. I'm going to show you how to take this beach cover-up apart and transform it into a trendy top. If you don't have a beach cover-up to work with, you can use any scoop-neck top to design the yoke. Pick a soft fabric that coordinates with your top to design the rest of the tunic.
What You'll Need:
A tunic pattern with a circular yoke neckline (see Pattern Drafting 101 for directions on how to make this pattern)
A larger beach cover-up or top with a large scoop neck
Thread to match fabric
Dressform or a friend on which to drape the yoke pattern piece
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery