Cotton Lawn Tunic for Alice

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!


  1. Stephanie - April 5, 2012

    First, Alice is adorable. Second, she is a quite the model. Third, I want to wear a top just like that.

  2. Shannon - April 5, 2012

    Stephanie took the words right out of my mouth!

  3. Anna - April 5, 2012

    Cute and comfy! Can’t beat that. Would the lawn fabric work as a blouse without being lined or is it just to light? Thank you.

  4. Alisha from Connecting Threads - April 5, 2012

    Anna – the lawn is a little bit on the light side, so I would probably recommend lining it. That said, if you were planning to wear it with a white tank or cami underneath, you would probably be fine without. Hope that helps!

  5. Jenni Calo - April 5, 2012

    This is so cute! And I love Alice’s poses! The first is such the model pose and the second looks like she’s dancing! Love! Cute, cute, cute top!!

  6. Janis - April 5, 2012

    A darling model and a darling top. I want to make one for my granddaughter!

  7. karenthequilter - April 5, 2012

    Alice is growing up so fast! She’s adorable in this outfit!

  8. Amanda Best - April 7, 2012

    Alice is darling! The top is lovely, if I had anyone to sew it for I would give it a try, the fit is great. She looks very happy with it, good job Melissa! I have a cat named Alice, it is a beautiful name!

  9. Jenna - April 9, 2012

    I love that photo of Alice smiling so big! She seems to like the tunic.

  10. Alice's Granny - April 9, 2012

    Aren’t I lucky to have such talented girls in my life? Alice is adorable as is the new lawn fabric!

  11. Carla - April 11, 2012

    The tunic and the model are too cute!