Self Drafted High Low Tunic in French Terry

Self Drafted High Low Tunic in French Terry

Have you ever messed up a ridiculously easy sewing project? That’s how this self drafted high low tunic happened. And the more I tried to fix it, the worse it got. It’s not awful, I think it’s super cute actually. But I only because I stopped before it got completely butchered.

High Low French Terry Top

This is French Terry that I won at Sew Country Chick a while back. I love the striped front and the neon loopy side equally, so I wanted a tunic with raw hems and neckline. I had to have both sides! Unfinished edges with contrasting colors are so trendy right now.

French Terry Top with High Low Hem

The first thing I did wrong was try to draft my own pattern. I don’t like drafting, I really don’t. There’s a balance between trying new things and knowing your weaknesses. I know for a dang fact that I hate drafting, and even if I were good at it; I’d still hate it. That’s 30 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back.

Self Drafted French Terry Tunic | SewsNBows

So I cut the front too low, in fact she’s wearing this tunic backwards right now. Yeah. And above, you can see the nice high low effect I was going for. But it’s in backwards, so I guess that makes it low-high. Sigh.

Self drafted high low tunic (worn backwards!)

I left the sleeves long and rolled them up. They are perfect for a giraffe. I’m thinking it might fit her well next year as a top, so I kept the length. Apparently I’m not capable of measuring, so I’ll just hack the sleeves/hem to the appropriate lengths when she grows into it.

Self Drafted High Low Tunic

I’ve had a series of projects that aren’t fitting my niece right. It’s really hard to sew and draft on nothing but measurements. I have such respect for women who make clothing to sell, or send to far away loved ones.

Girls Self Drafted High Low Tunic | SewsNBows

The bow is a winner though!

Double Stacked Neon Bow | SewsNBows

Flat drafting is something I’ll never enjoy. I also dislike using a rotary cutter, matching stripes in knit fabric, and shirring on a Brother. (Other machines are fine.) What sewing tasks do you least enjoy? Is there a skill or technique that you have absolutely no desire to learn?

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Pam @Threading My Way

    It’s SO much easier to sew for little ones when you can try it on a couple of times when sewing!!! Love your idea of not hemming so you can see the orange. What lovely fabric.

  2. Annie

    Self-drafting is definitely not an easy project! The fabric is great and looks so comfy, I think your idea of making a tunic with it showing the contrast color side was spot on. It is cute now, and will be a cute top next year! And hey, I always make things too big for my daughter, and I live with her and care for her everyday. But somehow I always think she is bigger than she actually is ;o

  3. Gina

    It’s a cute tunic and it looks comfortable! I think you are right and it will fit her perfectly next year. With so many good, reasonably priced patterns out there i never feel like I need to reinvent the wheel and self draft either. Tweaking a pattern can be fun but I have no desire to start a garment with out a pattern. I dislike cutting things out although garment cutting is much easier than quilt cutting and I really dislike tracing patterns and not a big fan of making pleats :)

  4. Angela

    That fabric is awesome and your idea to showcase both sides is excellent. The bow is definitely a winner. Sewing tasks I dislike include: needing to stop and wind another bobbin, hand sewing linings, transferring pattern markings and the dreaded darts (which require pattern markings plus sewing the actual darts so double whammy).


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