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A Truly “Terra-fic” Pattern for Spring

…A Mini Pattern Hack Blog Post

So exactly what makes the Terra Tunic from Love Notions such a terrific pattern? Why do you need to add the Terra Tunic to your pattern collection? Keep reading to find out!!

The Terra Tunic is the $5 Feature Friday pattern for Friday 3/10/23.  So if you don’t own it, I highly suggest you grab it today! You can purchase the Terra Tunic HERE, and make sure to use my code SEWMARY10 for an additional 10% off.

Simply put…

  • This pattern is soooo versatile. It can be casual or work appropriate depending on fabrics and options chosen. Most of mine are casual~ I’m a retired teacher!
  • So many options: 6 neckline variations (and they are all awesome!), 4 sleeve lengths, elbow patches and welt pockets. My favorite sleeve length is the 3/4 sleeve.
  • Can be worn year round! (It even makes a great beach coverup come summer!)
  • The Terra is also a very “hackable” pattern.

First I want to talk about fabric choice. My pink floral version is made from a stable cotton lycra French Terry. The Navy version is made from a lighter weight rib knit that has a lot of drape. Both work well for the Terra, but as you can see they create very different looking tunics. Since the rib knit is lighter weight and has much more drape, you can see that the V-neck appears lower~ but they are actually the same. Remember, different fabrics give very different looks sometimes!

Visit my detailed Terra Tunic blog post for more fabric examples, fitting information, a funnel neck hack and some helpful sewing tips specifically for the Terra Tunic.

However, today’s blog post is dedicated to my favorite V-neck hack for the Terra. This is a V-neck with a facing rather than a neckband , which I feel gives the tunic a dressier look.

How to create a facing for the V-neckline:

  • Take your front body pattern piece, place a piece of pattern tracing cloth(I use Pellon Easy Pattern 830) on top and trace the v-neckline, shoulder and center front.
  • Measure 2″ away and mark. Use a French curve to connect the markings. This is your front facing.
  • Repeat the process for the back using the back body pattern piece.
  • Sew front and back facings together at the shoulder.
  • Pin and stitch facing to the neckline right sides together.
  • Clip at V being careful not to go through stitching
  • Press facing and sew allowance away from the body.
  • Understitch, then turn facing to the inside and press
  • I chose to topstitch 1.5″ away for the look I was trying to achieve.
  • I LOVE the look of Rick Rack on a tunic. It adds just the right touch of “coastal prep” which is just my style. You do NOT need to add this trim to yours. The top-stitching in the step above is sufficient.

Below is a picture of the V-neck without any trim. This was my tester version of this hack last year. This fabric was horrible to sew with and uncomfortable to wear, but I was able to tell that I liked this hack and wanted to do it again.

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Mary Anne 🙂

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You can purchase the Terra Tunic pattern HERE.

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To receive an additional 10% off the pattern price, use this coupon code SEWMARY10. This coupon code can be used at anytime on any pattern….even a $5 Feature Friday pattern. This code does change quarterly, so please always check the newest blog post for an update if you find a code isn’t working.

Fabric Resources

Fuchsia French Terry ~Raspberry Creek Fabric

Navy Geometric Rib Knit~ This fabric was purchased from Mily Mae Fabrics. It is no longer available. You can find many other ribs at Mily Mae, Raspberry Creek Fabric and Surge Fabrics.

Sewing Up Swim With Raspberry Creek Fabrics

…The New 2023 Swim Collection

DISCLAIMER: If you’re expecting to see cute swimsuits sewn up in beautiful Raspberry Creek Fabric swim fabrics- you won’t find them here.  BUT– you will see some other ways you can use this awesome swim fabric from RCF! Hopefully my blog post today will inspire you to grab some of these awesome swim fabrics and make something other than a swimsuit! Because we all know swim fabric isn’t just for bathing suits anymore!!! The fact that Raspberry Creek Swim fabric is UPF 50+ makes it great for any day/activity out in the sun.

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