The Drop Pocket Tunic — Vogue 9193

The Drop Pocket Tunic — Vogue 9193 - Marcy Tilton Fabrics
Sewn straight from the pattern with my own personal adjustments. To double check the fit, I started by staystitching the neckline, basting the shoulder seams and pinning in the side seams. After trying on the shell and checking things out, I lowered the front neck edge 1" and finished the neck with a narrow single layer bias binding. The pattern instructions call for a bias facing or a small standup collar. I wanted the tunic to layer under jackets and sweaters, so went for the thinnest flattest neck edge finish. I changed the order of construction a bit to do this. Left the left shoulder seam open for a few inches at the neck edge so the bias could easily be applied while the neckline is flat.

To achieve a narrow binding, don't try to cut or sew the binding narrow. Cut the bias strip wide, (for the one shown here I started with a strip about 2+" wide). Press to take the stretch out, then re-trim. This is a basic trick I learned from my couture pattern making teacher who trained in French couture and it works. The bias strip will stretch a bit and the width will vary. No problem as the next step is to re-trim it to an even width, about 1 1/2-2", making a test sample will give you the best width for your fabric. If you have never done this before, make a few test samples to get the hang of it.

Stitch the bias to the neck edge using a 1/2" seam, pulling with a slight tension so the finished band will hug the neck. Apply more tension about 4" at center front and back. Press flat as sewn, then carefully trim the seam allowance to an even 1/4-3/8" width. Working at the ironing board over a ham, wrap the binding and give a light press. Stitch the shoulder seam closed. Adjust the binding width and place pins in the ditch of the seam. Stitch. Trim the seam on the back side close to the stitching line. While you can turn this edge under in the pressing stage, I left the edge raw so it would be as flat as possible as shown in the photo below.

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