My daughter is extremely sensitive when it comes to her clothing. She flatly refuses to wear anything remotely scratchy or stiff, so she pretty much lives in cotton knits. She also runs hot, like most kids her age, and is always running around in shirt sleeves (or just undies) when the rest of us are wearing warm sweaters and jackets. When I felt our new cotton lawn fabric, I knew it would be perfect for something special for Alice. It is so whispery soft and lightweight. My new favorite sewing book, Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders had the perfect pattern, The ‘O’ Tunic.
This pattern is fairly complex in the number of pieces, but it is extremely well-written, so I found it came together quickly and painlessly. The bodice top is completely lined, which I love, and the fit is fabulous. The only modifications I made to the pattern were to shorten the front slit (it just looked too long to me in the book photo), and I ended up chopping three inches off the sleeves before I hemmed them (my daughter doesn’t have short arms, so I’m not sure why the sleeves were so long!).
Here’s a back view of the fit. I’ve sewn several projects with our cotton lawn, including this one, and I love it. I’ve heard some people like to change to a smaller needle and finer thread because of the tighter weave of the fabric, but I personally didn’t have to do that. I sewed it on my regular machine needle (I think I have an 80 in there) with our Essential Cotton Thread.
I finished the project with a cute bunny rabbit button detail to make it just right for spring. I think Alice likes it!