Back to School Sewing, Part II: Pattern Drafting FAIL!

When I saw this tutorial for a tunic dress on Sew Mama Sew back in August, I knew I had to make one.  It looked simple enough, right?  WRONG!!!  I followed the directions, found a shirt to base the pattern on and set to work.  However, somehow the neck and bust were too wide AND the sleeves were so narrow that my little girl couldn’t even get her wrists inside them:

Failed Tunic Dress

I am not blaming my lack of results on this tutorial.  It seems very well organized and thought out.  Rather, I am chalking it up to the fact that I have zero experience in drafting a pattern.  I am going to stick to pre-printed patterns from this point on, and maybe invest in a dress-form and some sewing classes before I try to do it on my own again.  Sheesh!

Anyway, I needed to salvage my hard work and that fabulous retro fabric, so I turned it into a skirt.  A much beloved skirt, to my relief.  Check out that fabulous belly:

Belly Shot
Now It's a Skirt!
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