Isabecca tunic

Didn’t expect to see me back so soon, didja?

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As I mentioned in this post, I re-visited the Rebecca Taylor pattern (Vogue 1367) to emulate an Isabel Marant tunic I’ve had a crush on for a few years. A super-stylish former coworker of mine has the shirt version, so I got to admire it in person a number of times. It only fanned the flames of inspiration!

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I adapted the pattern in the following ways:

  • Added 8″ to the front and back pieces below the yoke
  • Made separate pieces for the curved hems, cutting two of each to create hem facings
  • Split the front yoke into two pieces
  • Added flat-piping to the front and back yoke seams to emulate the original’s raglan sleeves
  • Added trim down the front

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The trim and flat-piping I used were actually precisely-cut pieces of printed quilting cotton. I searched high and low for the right trim, ribbon, whatever, with no luck! Most of my wardrobe is quite unembellished, and it’s highly possible I didn’t know where to look.

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Even though the design is printed and not woven like I was hoping, I love the final effect.

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The main fabric was a serendipitous acquisition. I like the cruise the thrift store for fabric, and came across a lovely lightweight linen! It was an unpalatable-to-me brownish-creamish color, but at $5ish for over 2 yards, I swooped it up. I dyed over it with a blue-ish black. Weirdly, it didn’t get much darker, but it cooled off the offending warm tones.

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The curved hems are quite deep, which makes this more of a tunic than a dress. I just couldn’t force my sweaty little legs into leggings when my sister and I were taking pictures!

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I was surprised by the broad back of the sleeveless version I made, but in making this version, I learned that it’s because these sleeves are very upright. (Is that the right word for it? They are angled parallel to the side seams.) They look quite voluminous in the pattern photography, but in real life they’re fairly fitted at the top with no gathering. I love a poufy sleeve and would add some gathers at the top if I made this pattern again.

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I started this project shortly after my sleeveless version and finished it over a month. It’s not a complicated project, but I sewed slowly and took my time making design decisions. I tend to have plain tastes, so I can easily talk myself out of extra details or modifications. Since I was inspired by someone else’s design, however, it was fun to study and mimic the details as closely as I could.

I’d actually hoped to make this tunic during Shield Maiden March but wasn’t able to secure supplies or sort out patterns and modifications in a timely manner – basically, I had nothing I needed to make it happen! Consider this my (6-month late) submission, please.

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50 thoughts on “Isabecca tunic

  1. This is so pretty! I love that things you make that would never ever cross my mind as options – and they look so great on you! The contrast trim really works!

  2. Fabulous! All the details really came together well, the pattern, the trim, the fabric dying – and of course your yoke and gathers – way to go! I’m sure you’ll love and wear this for years to come.

  3. I love this!! It is so you. I think that the fabric you used for trim is perfect! I also love that you found this fabric at a thrift store, I do the same thing.

  4. Wow you emulated the Isabel Marant version so well! But I think I prefer yours by a long shot. This is so lovely, if I saw you on the street I think I would have to steal it. Failing that, I need to buy this pattern!

  5. Gorgeous! I love the way all the subtle details come together – yokes, gathers, and trim. It looks like it will be great with leggings for fall.

    1. Thanks, Chantal! Truth be told, I started wearing this to work in the middle of summer with leggings. I was wayy too warm all day and would peel off the leggings on my walk home!

  6. It’s so cool you’ve created your own version of something you’ve seen & loved. I really like the way you’ve used that fabric as trim. It looks lovely!

    1. It’s funny, with all the fashion we’re bombarded with these days, I don’t remember a lot of it for much longer than a season. When I look at older pins on Pinterest, I’m surprised at my taste! This one stuck with me – I guess it was meant to be!

  7. That is amazing! I actually really love the printed trim. I wish I could take a leaf from your book and sew with mote understated fabric – my wardrobe has far too much print.

    1. Of course, I always wish for the opposite – more prints in my sewing! I can’t seem to quit picking solids. For what it’s worth, I think you achieve a nice balance.

  8. This is lovely! The trim looks really nice, but I think my favorite detail is the deep, thick hem. This is a perfect piece for the summer/fall transition.

    1. Thank you, Jessica! That’s one of my favorite things, too – I added the facing because the Marant design had it but realized it would also solve the problem of curved hems crumpling up like paper throughout the day.

  9. Oh dude. I love this SO much!! I have a pretty major Isabelle Marant girl crush, and this tunic is such a wonderful interpretation of her design!! I love love love the trim! And you are just rocking these earthy hued linens lately. I am really tempted to just copy this verbatim – it’s SO GOOD!!!

  10. Love it, even more than the original! The color is fantastic! This top is in my to-sew list, lately I love all things Rebecca Taylor!

  11. This is SO cool! I love the fabric and contrast trim! Awesome! You really pull it off so well – it’s like she designs just for you 😉

  12. I just LOVE this. You’ve got so many thoughtful details and all the little decisions along the way have added up to such a stylish, interesting, wearable garment. Need to either A: buy that pattern B: buy a plane ticket, sneak into your place late at night, and steal this. Hmmm… decisions, decisions.

  13. I love your attention to the details, and your tunic/dress is a superbly crafted piece that looks absolutely gorgeous on you, and like it belongs in a high end boutique, just like IM. Perfectly made! Probably the fabric didn’t pick up the dye completely because it could be a poly dye and your fabric has no poly in it? or alternatively that your fabric does have a bit of poly in it and your dye is a natural fibre dye. Blends are the trickiest of fabrics for which to predict a dye result.
    Regardless, the colour you achieved looks fabulous on you 🙂

    1. Thanks, Carolyn! Even though it wasn’t what I’d intended, I ended up liking the final color. I used Procion MX dye, so the linen should have picked it up well (and I didn’t smell any poly when I was steaming it). I dyed a hemp/cotton knit in the same batch, and it picked up about the same amount of pigment – now that I’m typing this out, maybe there just wasn’t enough dye. The thought of dyeing blended fabric makes me shudder 🙂 Once, I dyed a pair of RTW shorts that were supposedly 100% cotton and the Procion dye just sluiced off!

  14. YES. You had me at Isabel Marant. This turned out SO well! I totally support the tunic-as-dress.
    Good trim is hard to find! Kudos on making your own and matching it so perfectly. I guess the only strategy I have is to buy the stuff I’m attracted to when I see it or if it would pair well with a fabric I already have. I don’t end up with much. The ribbon room at Nancy’s has really good quality stuff but I haven’t been there in ages!

    1. That’s a good call. Normally I try not to hoard supplies (with limited success) but this might be a good area to have some on hand. I pick up a few things at Nancy’s that didn’t quite work out but they really are the best game in town for trim! PS I think I’ve said this before but any time you’re in town and want to hit up Nancy’s, let me know!

      1. Absolutely! I can’t remember the last time someone went with me to a fabric store… how depressing is that!? hah. We shall make this happen in the coming months.

  15. The details on your tunic are gorgeous! I love the addition of trim to the neckline. I hardly ever embellish things either, but I love the effect it creates!

  16. Ah, I love it! I’m so amazed that the trim is actually fabric. That did take some precision. I’m impressed. This piece is going to look great with jeans and boots in the fall, too.

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