With the heat from last week (here in the UK), my latest project for Minerva was just perfect. For a while now, I’ve been thinking of making a summer kaftan tunic that I could wear as a beach cover as well, New Look 6575 matched perfectly the Lady McElroy Tokyo parasol cotton lawn.

I liked the idea of an uneven hem so view C was in the cards. Then thinking about the possibility of using this top as a bathing suit cover for the beach and getting some cover from the sun, for the top of the bodice I felt view B was best. 

With a big ease of 7.5 cm (3”) and my preference of closer to the body fit, I decided that the best size for me would be a small not a medium. Apart from a 1.5 cm swayback adjustment, I left the pattern as it was. I did not shorten the sleeves to account for my shortness (I am 1.57 m/ 5ft2 tall) which would make the top a little longer on me than that the model wears on the pattern envelope).

However, as I worked with patterned fabric and not wanting to do any pattern matching, after a little game of pattern Tetris I cut the back top part of the bodice on the fold. 

To save up every bit of fabric, I did not cut the tie in the fabric as instructed, instead I used sparkly chunky rope I already had in my stash.

I found that the V-neckline is way too deep. Although in the pictures I did not wear a cami top underneath, a bigger bust will exposes and accidents could happen easily.  The lazy solution is to wear a cami underneath or to sew closed the centre front by at least 5 cm. This would not be an issue if the tunic is used as a beach covering. However, I do have to be honest with myself, with the English weather I will not wear it as a beach cover very often so the centre front seam needs to be raised.

This tunic is quite versatile, not only it will look good at the beach but it goes well with both legging and jeans.

There was a reason why I was trying to save up as much of the fabric. I fancied making some bags from the same fabric. In the end I made 3 in different sizes. So I now have a matching set of bag to go with my top, you know just in case I go to the beach.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: NewLook 6575 – I made a combination of the top bodice of view B with the bottom from view C

Sizing:  A (all sizes included in one envelope) – XS to XL (US sizing)

Fabric: 1.8 m Lady McElroy Tokyo Parasol cotton lawn

Notions:  I used 2 m of chunky sparkly rope I had in my stash.

Modifications: the ease is quite big on this, so I decided to cut a small rather than a medium. The only change I made to the pattern was to do a 1.5 cm swayback adjustment to account for my short back.

Instructions:  fairly easy to follow and the diagrams help to understand how everything goes together.  The only part that could create issues is the part where  you need to add the facings to the front.

Fit:  perfect for an unfitted garment

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?:  Yes, although the sleeves are longer on me that on the model.

Watch out for:   take your time to understand how the instructions ask you to add the front facing to the front.

Make Again?:   Yes, but I’ll sew up the centre front seam by at least 5 cm so the top can be worn without a camisole underneath.  

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. And please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @Minervadotcom and/or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I’d love to see what you create.

Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick