My friend Anita and I have started a new crafty swap. I will make her a rayon/linen tunic with elaborate details such as a lace-up front, metal eyelets and gathered sleeves with ties. A little steampunk meets gothic Lolita perhaps - i.e. a style pretty far from my own. When I think of tunics I envision little pin-tuck pleats, maybe a standing collar and possibly a discreet lace insert. Nothing standoutish - I always gravitate to details that are subdued. So to get into a more dramatic headspace I assembled a quick inspiration board that, in conjunction with a rudimentary sketch that she provided me, hopefully will push me in the right direction.
In turn she will knit me a cardigan in a gorgeous shiny Egyptian cotton/rayon blend that will be perfect for summer. The colour is called lavender blue and is incredibly lustrous, very different from run-of-the-mill blues.
The cardigan pattern is from Twilleys.
Looking at the cardigan now though I have to say it looks a bit, um I dunno, sedate and conservative in comparison with the tunic concept above. Oh well, at least I did pose in my underwear last week ;)