We have 2 bloggers based outside the UK - Erin from the US and Emily who is based in Belgium. So this post has a distinct European flavour as we bring you Emily's first blog post for WhiteTree fabrics. I'm not sure anyone could have predicted how abruptly Summer would end, but Emily seems to have had a sixth sense when she chose our Ponti Roma fabric to work with! We love this tunic dress and the lovely, bright colour proves that Autumn Winter fabrics don't have to be dull or dark. Here's the make in full.

Ponti Roma tunic

Say hello to my first make as part of the White Tree Fabrics blogger team. I'm really happy with it; perfect for autumn's (early) arrival here in Belgium.  The pattern is V8977 and the fabric is red Ponti Roma. I was drawn to view C on the packet as I thought it was the type of item lacking in my wardrobe.

Ponti Roma

I sewed it up mostly on my overlocker (but my sewing machine was used for the darts, the front neckline pleat basting, the sleeve gathering, the neckline binding, and for attaching the back strap and the cuffs). It was also the first time I used my overlocker's blind hem foot. This tutorial greatly helped me work out how to use the thing.

ponti roma tunic 

I didn't know what to expect from this pattern/fabric combination and I couldn't be more happy with it. I'll wear this a lot over trousers or thick tights in winter when I want to be cosy. I'd recommend this pattern if you want a loose fitting easy make that can be made interesting with the right fabric, and you can make it more interesting in the detailing: instead of using the strap piece at the back you could make two ties; you could mix up the buttons; or shorten/change the style of the sleeves.
 
Ponti Roma

 

But I'd say if you prefer something more fitted then this pattern might not be for you.

As for the fabric, it is so soft, hangs so nicely, and is just the right thickness. I've already washed it a few times and it seems to be holding up well so far.

Make your own tunic like Emily's.

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