A New La Bella Donna Tunic

I was never much a fan of leggings personally - when I wanted to be comfortable, I wore jeans or jogging pants. But with being home so much with minimal activity over the past 9 months or so, my waistline has expanded and I found myself reaching for my leggings more often when getting dressed in the morning. I do need new tops though that will be suitable to wear with leggings and look good on video calls during work days.

And so I made a La Bella Donna tunic from Love Notions in a gorgeous and crazy soft black modal knit from The Fabric Snob.

I purchased 2 meters of the fabric and the pattern requires 2 yards for the long-sleeved tunic with a cowl neckline, which is the version I really wanted to make. However, the fabric must have shrunk when I pre-washed it because I wasn't able to cut the cowl pieces from it. In retrospect, it's probably for the best - this way, I can wear jewelry or an infinity scarf which would look beautiful I think.

I love this pattern so much. It's really lovely to sew - there are no set-in sleeves or fastenings and because of the stretch nature of the fabric, there are very few fitting problems. I also really like the shaping at the waist - it curves in ever so slightly, skimming the curves and this design provides a much better look for me I think. I really don't like the very typical boxy shape of most tunics I see out there.

The length is perfect to cover my behind which is a must when I'm wearing leggings. 

Overall, I would say this was a pretty successful make.  I really do want to make another one though, this time with the cowl neckline.

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