A Gauzy Cheyenne Tunic for Project Sew It

Cheyenne Top // Project Sew It // a happy stitch

When Celina Bailey of Petit a Petit and Family announced her Project Sew it idea I had to join in. She’s joining together great sewing talents and committing to sewing one item a month, for most participants it seems to be a garment but it’s up to each individual and anyone can join.  I’m such a big fan of Celina’s style and inspired by her creativity plus I already make myself an item of clothing a month.  Project Sew it is a natural fit.  Yet, while I do make lot of clothing I’m using my Project Sew It time as an opportunity to focus and make garments that are a little more complicated or require stretching my skills a bit. My January garment is this Cheyenne Tunic in double gauze.  I was a pattern tester for the Cheyenne tunic, a Hey June pattern, so I was familiar with the pattern but working in the double gauze meant I had to take my time and work carefully.

Cheyenne Top // Project Sew It // a happy stitch

The lovely fabric is a new release from Michael Miller by Sarah Jane called Sommer.  I was lucky enough to be given some of the double gauze and the crazy soft bubble gauze before it was released.  It’s been so fun to work with.  This double gauze is very lightweight and a bit sheer.  It’s so delicate, making it a perfect fit for the Cheyenne Tunic.

Cheyenne Top // Project Sew It // a happy stitch

The Cheyenne Tunic is very professionally-designed with all french seams and otherwise enclosed seams throughout, so this loose delicate fabric has no chance of fraying.  Because, like any delicate fabric, this double gauze wants to fray and shift around.  It requires special handling.

Cheyenne Top // Project Sew It // a happy stitch

Cheyenne Top // Project Sew It // a happy stitch

It is worth the extra love and effort, though.  I just love how breezy and laid-back this tunic came out.

I made a few, very small changes to the original pattern.  Mostly, I omitted any and all interfacing because I wanted the collar and the sleeve cuffs to be loose and wrinkly in the perfect double-gauze kind of way.  I also stuck to just one pocket instead of two and I used snaps instead of buttons.  I like the way pearlized snaps are visible but don’t draw too much attention.

Cheyenne Top // Project Sew It // a happy stitch

The combination of a complicated top and delicate, needs-lots-of-attention fabric was both a complete winner and a complete pain.  This top didn’t come together in a single afternoon but it was also absolutely worth the extra effort.  My only adaptations for working with the delicate fabric were to use a #70 needle and use my walking foot.  And take my time, lots of that.

Cheyenne Top // Project Sew It // a happy stitch

Our family is planning a trip to Costa Rica over Spring Break and I’m thinking this Cheyenne will be great over a swimsuit on the beaches of Costa Rica. Don’t you think? I can almost feel the breeze already.  Somebody get me a pina colada!

Cheyenne Top // Project Sew It // a happy stitch

Next up for February’s Project Sew it? I’m attempting my first jacket. I sourced some hard to find lightweight olive canvas for a Minoru Jacket…perhaps with a sherpa lined hood! Wish me luck. I’m so intimidated by jacket making but I think it’s time to tackle that feeling and bust it out.

11 Comments on A Gauzy Cheyenne Tunic for Project Sew It

  1. skirtfixation
    February 1, 2016 at 1:05 pm (1 year ago)

    So perfectly lovely! I really need to get in gear and sew up this pattern too. And I have my eye on that jacket pattern too!

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  2. Sara
    February 1, 2016 at 5:20 pm (1 year ago)

    Pretty! I saw that double gauze today and considered it for my Gallery Tunic, but decided in favor of voile. It looks great though 🙂

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    • Melissa Q.
      February 5, 2016 at 9:15 am (1 year ago)

      Oh voile is positively dreamy!

      Reply
  3. Stephanie
    February 1, 2016 at 7:03 pm (1 year ago)

    Beautiful Job- very pretty-especially on you!!

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    • Melissa Q.
      February 5, 2016 at 9:15 am (1 year ago)

      You are the sweetest. Thanks Stephanie.

      Reply
  4. erin
    February 2, 2016 at 6:47 am (1 year ago)

    super cute! I love double gauze and this pattern suits it well.

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    • Melissa Q.
      February 5, 2016 at 9:14 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks lady! It’s a thinner double gauze so it doesn’t feel bulky. I like that.

      Reply
  5. Patricia Burns
    February 2, 2016 at 11:13 am (1 year ago)

    Beautiful. I love it

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  6. Meg
    February 2, 2016 at 11:39 am (1 year ago)

    Any chance you’d make one sell?

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    • Melissa Q.
      February 5, 2016 at 9:13 am (1 year ago)

      Meg, such a sweet compliment. Unfortunately, I don’t make clothes to sell.

      Reply

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