From the moment we started trying the Peaseblossom Tunic on, it became a
fast favorite. No shaping is worked in this lacy creation. The negative space
of the stitch pattern and inherent give allows the shape of the tunic to mimic
the shape of your own body, highlighting your figure. And because there is no
shaping worked you don't have to worry about whether the waist is too high or
low, a relief for me since I always have to raise the waist.
But just because there is no shaping doesn't mean you can't make
this garment your own. The easy pattern repeat allows you to modify the length
of the tunic to a shorter top or even a dress. It also allows you to modify the
length of the sleeves.
||I love this sleeve length on Liz. They are elegant but fun
at the same time. The perfect tunic length for Liz would be about one full
pattern repeat shorter. If you want to shorten the length for yourself, simply stop
before working the last repeat and skip to the edging.
||Sharon generally needs to lengthen garments, but I think
this length is the perfect tunic length on her with the edging beginning exactly
where her white shirt ends. However I would love to see long sleeves on Sharon.
Because she has long arms already the 3/4 length appears unfinished. Adding
length would only require continuing to repeat the pattern to the desired
length minus the edging.
||Erin's hourglass figure is perfectly complimented by the
stretch in the tunic's crocheted fabric. I think Erin should go all out and
continue the pattern repeat, turning this elegant tunic into a gorgeous dress. Paired
with cap sleeves, this dress would work perfectly for a garden party or
luncheon with friends.
||Finally I had to try the Peaseblossom Tunic on for myself.
I'll admit it brought out an impish quality in my personality, much like the
fairy for which it was named. I would shorten the sleeves but make them slightly
longer than a cap sleeve. I am short waisted so I would need to either stop
about a repeat and a half shorter or continue in the pattern to just above the
knee. Or perhaps I could move the edging up about four pattern repeats for a
cute, lightweight top.
How would you mix and match the variable lengths for your
perfect fit? Share you creation with us in the member photo gallery, and join us again next week as we look at Doris Chan's Charlotte Skirt.
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