Posted on Wednesday the 22nd November 2017 by Handmade by Lara Liz
Hi Everyone! This is Lara from Handmade by Lara Liz back for my fifth post as part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. There is nothing more I love than some beautiful florals and a circle skirt top and my new Saiph Tunic is the perfect combo of the two!
The Saiph Tunic from Papercut Patterns is a tunic length garment with French darts and two different views – a straight skirt with front pockets and then a circle skirt.
I made some adjustments to the original pattern to make it more my style – I chose to sew up the circle skirt version and shortened the tunic by 4 inches to make it more a top length as opposed to a tunic. I also cut the back piece on the fold to remove the loop closure and facing. Instead I used some pre-made bias tape to finish up the neckline.
Also, because hemming circle skirts is so finickey I decided to use a rolled hem on my overlocker. I use this finish often and I love the way it looks. It’s just a simple baby hem and a nice and easy finish.
My overlocker has a reference card with a bunch of different stitches including this one and I had to make no adjustments from the recommended settings for the 3 thread rolled hem. I put the right hand tension at 3.5, Upper Looper at 4, Lower Looper at 7 and adjusted the stitch length to 1.
I love Papercut Patterns – I think their designs are really unique and usually pretty easy to sew up. I’ve sewn a variety of their patterns and the Saiph Tunic is one of my favorites. It’s such a flowey garment when sewn up in a rayon that looks dressier but is super comfortable.
The one thing I will say about Papercut Patterns is that they run on the larger size. I sewed up the XS (my measurements put me between a small and extra small) and it’s a bit on the large side. Because this isn’t a fitted garment, it’s not a big deal – but just a note that they do run a bit big!
I used an Art Gallery Fabrics Rayon which may be my favorite rayon to work with. It is not super challenging to work with, it washes up really well, and irons really well. Some other favorites of their rayons include this beautiful red Rayon Fabric Print and this fun Patterned Rayon Fabric.
I haven’t made this pattern in something other than a rayon, but the pattern even says you could use a ponte knit for a bit of a different look.
Because there isn’t a lot of challenging parts to this pattern, it came together really quickly – especially because I removed the back center seam, facing and loop closure.
This top is so multi purpose for me – I wear it to work, I wear it out to dinner and I wear it casually on the weekends. Depending on how you style it, it can be worn so many different ways. In the pictures here, I was on vacation in Hawaii and it was perfect for going out to dinner with my husband!