I made this Dotty Linen Style Arc Maude Tunic almost a year ago for our trip to Greece and never wore it! I purchased the Style Arc Spring to Summer Look Patterns but the matching shorts I made just didn’t work. Too short and the silhouette just looked wrong. But I’ve since reworked this top slightly and am liking it a whole lot more now!
I will say I’m not convinced this blouse is a good color for me. It’s a bit on the yellow side. The fabric is so pretty- this is the Zimmermann Sand Dollar and Blue Fog Fil Coupe Dot Linen and Cotton Woven. I bought this online from Mood. I love the bit of blue accent that’s slightly raised, the texture and drape.
When I first made this I sewed it up like the pattern instructed and used a pale cream button. I’ve since reversed the way the side seams are sewn (they are meant to be sewn on the outside) and like this slimmer silhouette. It was just to boxy. In a lighter voile or cotton it would probably look fine. I also switched out my buttons for these slightly coral shaded buttons to try and make it work better with the rest of my wardrobe.
My real issue though is that the shirt doesn’t go with anything else in my closet. I’m wearing it here with my Japanese Light-wash cropped denim which I do think look nice together- but I’ve since given these pants to my daughter. I’m contemplating making a light blue pant but I’m not sure it’s worth it just to match this single top. If I find a nice fabric that works I’ll give it a try.
All the Details
Famous Australian Designer Sand Dollar and Blue Fog Fil Coupe Dot Linen and Cotton Woven
Like morning sea mist clearing to reveal sparkling sands, this Zimmermann Sand Dollar and Blue Fog Fil Coupe Dot Linen and Cotton Woven will put you at peace. An alternating arrangement of dusty blue ovals and rectangles are woven into the fabric as supplementary warp threads, on a crisp sandy beige ground, showing just the shapes on one side while the pattern on the other face is edged in fuzzy tufts. With a slight sheen, flexible drape, and no stretch, create perfectly tailored shirts, pleated skirts, or casual trousers perfect for warmer weather. Slightly translucent, insert a lining for modesty and additional structure where desired.Mood fabrics
MAUDE TUNIC PDF Clever shirt style tunic with extended shoulder line
- No shoulder seams
- Outside top stitched side seams
- Classic shirt collar
- Button down front
Spring to Summer Bundle-Style Arc
I plan on recreating this full look in the future now that I’ve tested all the patterns and know all the fit adjustments needed. I love these shorts but if I ever remake them I will be adding a bit of length. I made them in a pale baby blue for our trip and never wore them because I didn’t feel comfortable with this length. That may have been a fabric issue though- next pair in a drapey linen blend?
I will say I like how the blouse looks in these pictures I took on our porch. So maybe I just need to figure out how to mix this top better.
One thing I do love is how this is put together. It’s two panels- one each side which sews up the center back. I purposely cut my pieces so I could use the pretty selvedge for my front hem and leave it unfinished. The back is on the bias and drapes nicely. I’m not sure if the drop shoulder look is for me though. I like a bit more shoulder emphasis. But all in all this shirt is growing on me.
I just released a new video over on my YouTube channel on my Greece Travel Capsule Wardrobe that this shirt was created for. Head on over and give it a watch, a like and subscribe if you haven’t already.
Of course I needed some final shots with my sweet Suki! She’s such a cutie- our rescue Chiweenie. That’s it for today- until next time, Happy Sewing!
I think we must be the same person – your entire thought process and changes/likes/dislikes throughout this were exactly what I was thinking! It is a really cool fabric, and definitely worth keeping and figuring out how to fit it in your wardrobe (I say as an enabler who does that way too much). Can’t wait to see all the pieces together!
Thanks Laura! I feel exactly the same way when I read your posts!