Fabric Suggestions for the Basics Tunic

By Victoria Watkins

In my opinion, part of the beauty of our basics patterns is their simplicity. The efficient construction means that the fabric you choose has a chance to really showcase its own unique qualities. The Tunic in particular has a lovely form that lends itself to flowing, drapey fabrics with an airy sensibility. With this in mind, I've chosen a selection of fabric suggestions for our Basics Tunic. Now I love a loud print and fun fabric (see my Basics Tunic sew along), but I've decided on a little theme for today's collection: each fabric I've chosen is blue!

Navy blue cotton voile

When I sewed this pattern for myself, I chose a cotton voile for the fabric. We have a number of voiles in stock, and I'm partial to this navy blue organic cotton voile. It is a little sheer, so be mindful of how you style it, but it is really beatuiful and feels wonderful.

Navy silk organza

Speaking of sheer, this navy silk organza would make for an interesting garment! Layered with a camisole or other layer underneath, naturally.

Blue handkerchief linenFor lovers of linen, we have a pale blue handkerchief linen that would sew up beautifully into the tunic. It's opaque enough to be modest, but still very slightly sheer. We also have this fabric in white, which we used to make the sample on the model at the top.

The last offering in our parade of blue fabrics is this sensuous pale blue crepe de chine. It's got a lovely texture and would be luxurious to wear against the skin. 

Which blue is your favorite? Which would you choose for your own version of the tunic?