1.03.2012

Birdie's bib tunic

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Lately I've been fascinated by clothing created out of basic shapes, worn by people without the time, resources or desire for shape fitted clothing.

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It came from reading a book about viking culture, my cultural heritage, but looking around a bit through time and history, theses basic styles have been with us always. 

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Loose, flowing tunics, capes and dresses made from basic blocks and rough curves are appealing for a number of reasons.  First of all, they are simple to construct out of any sort of cloth.  One garment can fit many different sizes and shapes of bodies.  They are great for both warmth and for protecting the body from the sun without overheating. 

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And they are beautiful in their simplicity and ease.  They speak of a life wear clothes are made for living in, not for living through.  Functional and honest.

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I really, really like this bib tunic on Birdie.  The neutral toned linen is restful and the patterned bib front and sleeve cuffs hide the little dribbles and scuffs from food and felt markers. 

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I think Smootch needs a few additions to her wardrobe, to replace some of her outgrowns, as much as she loves them.  I am almost sure that a bib tunic will look great with some leopard print tights as well as more traditional style of bottoms. 

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12 comments:

  1. Hey, that really rocks. He sure is growing up, wow. He reminds me of you in high school. ;) I should make something like this for Big E. He`d never want to take it off. You are so talented so I`m sure you made your own pattern, but have you seen a pattern that I could getÉ

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  2. I can make a pattern. Would anybody else be interested?

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  3. adorable! she looks so fashionable!

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  4. I would definitely be interested in a pattern. I love anything that in reminiscent of our Viking heritage!

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  5. Charity:

    I would love a pattern...size 4-8 (or 10)???

    Ali

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  6. I would love a pattern for this tunic!! My granddaughters would be the recipients -- I love seeing them wear things that nobody else has!!

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  7. Oh my goodness. You have a beautiful boy (and girl too).
    I love that tunic! Will you post the pattern?
    ~Michelle
    www.falafelandthebee.com

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  8. I like that! It looks really comfy too - wonder if it would work on me ;)

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  9. I Super love it!!! Please, please make a pattern for that one. It would be for... cough... me, but I could make one for a wee cousin, too.

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  10. Ooh that looks unreal! I would love a pattern :)

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  11. I would LOVE a pattern! I have four grandchildren here that would look adorable in that tunic!

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  12. I would love a pattern as well....for myself too...oh ya, and probably for some of the kiddo's too..lol!!! They look wonderful and super simple and comfy, perfect for our lifestyle right now. (and to be honest, with seven children, the more simple something is, the better!)

    Blessings,
    Penny

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