Super Simple Basics

Santa Fe Tunic

This is an outfit so simple I almost didn’t blog it… but basics TNTs are the core of my wardrobe, so let’s take a look at my newest combination!

Santa Fe Tunic

After sewing tunics for my mom, I decided I needed one myself. This is a Hey June Santa Fe, lengthened as much as my fabric would allow. I got less then a metre of this border print remnant, which you might recognise from the bralette I made with the scraps! As I’ve done before with this pattern, I gave it a straight hem which results in a longer-at-the-sides shape.

Santa Fe Tunic

I left the hem raw for maximum length/laziness. It reminds me of Beth’s cute tie-front hack of a Santa Fe which she posted recently, because she mentioned how even the pattern designer doesn’t both to hem Santa Fe tops! I usually do, but not this time!

Santa Fe Tunic

You might sort-of recognise this sweater, too! It’s the thrifted sweater I bought during Me-Made May, and then copied myself in this summer cardigan post. I feel in love with this royal blue colour, and I’ve been sewing it ever since!

Santa Fe Tunic

Last but not least, my millionth pair of Cake Espresso leggings! I gave my mom the pair she wore while modelling on our sewing day , and sewed myself a slightly bigger pair. I find that while leggings will always stretch to fit, they do get shorter in the leg and rise if you gain a few inches. Plus, the more a fabric is stretched, the more sheer it becomes! I had this ITY pair generously longer, wider and higher in hopes that they’ll be opaque enough to wear with tunics. The answer is yes, decent with tunics, but not opaque enough to be leggings-as-pants!

Have you refreshed your basics lately? Sewing TNTs is not the most exciting sewing, but it sure does round out a wardrobe nicely!


15 thoughts on “Super Simple Basics

  1. They may be TNTs but they look absolutely lovely. I love that blue on you, it is such a fabulous rich colour. Definitely you. Thanks for the heads-up about the Espresso leggings. I could do with some, they are so handy but there are a whole load of apportions out there so didn’t know which one would be any good. Xx

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    1. Espresso is a really fabulous pattern! You take a bunch of measurements, then plot our your perfect leggings by connecting the dots. I remember it taking less than 15 minutes, and I’ve sewn it 30-40 times over the years! (OMG, I have a LOT of leggings! and some were gifts!)

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    1. Thank you! I’ve got another tunic coming up too – you convinced me that they could work on someone short like us! 😉

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  2. The print keeps the top from looking basic for sure! But then, I tend to think of basics as the solid stuff to go with my prints. You’re braver than me with the leggings, I can only ever bring myself to wear them as tights even when they’re completely opaque. I actually have a pair of Espressos on my sewing table right now. I made them in January, but the ponte didn’t have quite the vertical stretch that my other pairs have had, so I need to add a panel to the top waistband so it actually covers my entire backside!

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  3. I’m probably due to replace my two pairs of black leggings, and I’d like to add about a dozen more pairs to my drawers–they’re just so dang comfy and convenient! I agree with Mother of Reinvention that that blue really suits you. I look forward to your post on border prints–your round-up/inspiration posts always have such great ideas.

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  4. I’m so glad you did include these! I just started sewing recently and I’m working on creating a liveable wardrobe that I can wear to work and the basics are so important! You’re clothes are such an inspiration and I’m looking forward to your new posts as I go back and read your previous ones.

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  5. You’re clothes are such an inspiration and I’m looking forward to your new posts as I go back and read your previous ones. I made them in January, but the ponte didn’t have quite the vertical stretch that my other pairs have had, so I need to add a panel to the top waistband so it actually covers my entire backside!

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