Floral Papercut Patterns Saiph Tunic

Happy New Year sewing friends! I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday. Mine was great, I spent a week with my family in Montreal and then came home to some beautiful sunny weather in Vancouver. Of course that didn’t last too long. It’s been raining non-stop these past few days, so I skipped the roof in lieu of my studio for photos today.

I always get the urge to make myself a new dress for the holidays. Every year I spend Christmas eve with my cousins, and it’s really the only time I get to see them all year, so it’s fun to dress up in something new and special. So here’s the dress I made before I went to Montreal for the holidays!

Floral Saiph 2It’s the Saiph Tunic by Papercut Patterns. This dress has a similar silhouette to the Laurel dress by Colette Patterns, but a much more relaxed fit overall. I cut a large in the bodice and graded out to the extra-large at the hips. It’s pretty loose fitting, especially in the shoulders. It’s more sack like than my usual comfort zone, but I like that it’s breezy and really easy to wear.

Floral Saiph 5I wanted to embrace the floaty silhouette, so I decided to modify the sleeves. I shortened and widened them, and added a nice wide hem as well.

Floral Saiph 3I lengthened the pattern quite a bit – about an inch in the bodice and another 3 inches in the bottom panel. I wanted to be able to wear it as a dress and my muslin was so short it was indecent. Even if I were planning on wearing it as a tunic, I would still have lengthened it at least a couple of inches. (I’m 5’8″ by the way!)

Floral Saiph 7Pockets! I love that there are pockets. They’re in an awkward spot to just stand and stash my hands in, but perfect for holding lip gloss and a debit card, or something like that! I thought the pockets would be tricky to sew, but the construction was surprisingly simple and the instructions were great.

Floral Saiph 8Floral Saiph 9I also attached a “One of a Kind” label to the back neck facing, I love the touch of having a label in my me-made garments. It makes them feel more finished somehow!

Floral Saiph 10The back slit is finished with a hand worked thread loop and a gold button.

Floral Saiph 4The fabric is a gorgeous viscose twill from my shop, it will be back in stock in a couple of weeks!

I’m pretty in love with this dress. On Christmas eve I felt pretty and was incredibly comfortable – that’s a win-win in my book!

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41 Responses to Floral Papercut Patterns Saiph Tunic

  1. christiane January 7, 2015 at 6:54 am #

    Beautiful! it suits you really, really well! It doesn’t look like a sack at all, simple shapes can be so flattering.. To balance the loose shape, the print works so well. It’s a lovely dress that you made! I have the saiph on my list too, got it taped together already.. And I’ll check the length on my muslin, thanks for the advice!

    • Caroline Amanda January 8, 2015 at 9:32 am #

      Thanks Christiane! I agree, the print makes the simple shape more interesting. :)

  2. nothy lane January 7, 2015 at 6:54 am #

    So simple and lovely. I love the fabric.

  3. sonia January 7, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    Gorgeous! Every element working in perfect harmony, how fabulous.

  4. Carolyn January 7, 2015 at 7:13 am #

    Caroline, this is absolutely gorgeous! It really looks fantastic on you. I think you should wear this dress everyday. :) Glad to hear you enjoyed the break and got to spend some quality time with your family!

    • Caroline Amanda January 8, 2015 at 9:35 am #

      I WISH I could wear it everyday!! I might need to make a few more to get away with that. I hope you had a good break too Carolyn :)!

  5. Elle January 7, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    That fabric is AMAZING. I love seeing your makes– I love Sewaholic patterns but I’m not totally pear-shaped, so seeing garments on different body types always makes me happy (not to mention everything you make is always so gorgeous)!

    • Caroline Amanda January 8, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      Elle you are so sweet! I’m so glad you enjoy my makes. And I totally agree, seeing garments on different body types is really helpful to decide if a pattern is right for you or not. I often google image search a pattern before I buy it, just to be sure it’s for me!

  6. Jadestar January 7, 2015 at 7:31 am #

    What a beautiful dress. So simple and so effective. You looking stunning in it. Good job.

  7. Danielle D. January 7, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    Really great dress. I just love that fabric!

  8. Ginger January 7, 2015 at 8:27 am #

    I really like this! It’s so chic!

  9. Heather January 7, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    Very flattering and not at all sack like! Great fabric choice, too!

  10. Annette January 7, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    Terrific dress! Looks good and the fact that it was also comfortable, a win-win! TFS, Annette
    And Happy New Year!

  11. Christine January 7, 2015 at 10:48 am #

    so cute! I am so happy I have that fabric in my stash! I was going to use it over the holidays too, but now I’m saving it for my next pattern :)

    • Caroline Amanda January 8, 2015 at 9:39 am #

      Ouuu exciting! Can’t wait to see what your next pattern is. :)

  12. Katie Jacocks January 7, 2015 at 11:37 am #

    This looks so comfy and cute! I also have to get this twill when you restock… I keep talking myself out of it for some reason, but no more!

    • Caroline Amanda January 8, 2015 at 9:40 am #

      No no you definitely need it in your life. It’s really wonderfully soft and drapey! :)

  13. Victoria January 7, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Love love love it!

  14. Danielle D. January 7, 2015 at 1:04 pm #

    Seem quit price for the pattern t$60???

  15. Danielle D. January 7, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    Seems quit pricey for the pattern $60???

  16. Camilla January 7, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    Beautiful dress, I love the print and it looks great on you.

  17. Annabelle January 7, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    Oh my goodness! Caroline, I say this a lot, but your fabric choices are always so amazing. I now cannot see this tunic in any other fabric but what you have chosen. The bright and bold print is perfect for the simple silhouette, and the drape of the viscose is another perfect match. Love it.

    • Caroline Amanda January 8, 2015 at 9:45 am #

      Ah thank you! That’s sooo sweet. I actually love this tunic in a lot of the fabrics I’ve seen it made in! I think it lends itself well to bold prints and bright colors, since the shape is pretty simple. I’m so glad you like the fabric I chose though! It’s one of the bestsellers (ever!) from my shop… although I’ve only had the shop for a few months :)

  18. Heather January 7, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I love it!!

  19. Amy January 7, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    I love the fabric and the dress looks great on you! I can relate to things being to short, at 5′ 7 I have to add length to most tunics and dresses.

  20. Rochelle New January 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

    Beautiful dress, Caroline! I love the floaty, effortless silhouette. I’m really digging that kind of sewing project lately. There’s nothing better than being chic AND comfortable! Lovely fabric, too :)

    • Caroline Amanda January 8, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      Thanks Rochelle! I’m into it too. Being home so much now makes me want to stay in pajamas all the time. So if I can throw on a loose dress/tunic that doesn’t make me feel frumpy, I’m a happy camper.

  21. Sophie-Lee January 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    I’ve found that Papercut drafts really short – the skirt for the La Sylphide dress didn’t even cover my bum (although I am 5’10”).

    And that fabric is gorgeous!

    • Caroline Amanda January 8, 2015 at 9:50 am #

      Good to know it’s common with Papercut and not just this pattern. I’ve heard they are drafted a bit on the larger side as well. I have la Sylphide in my stash, been meaning to make it soon! I just saw all of your versions… They are all gorgeous on you!

  22. Gail January 7, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

    Love simple tunic dresses and this gorgeous floral number is no exception.

  23. Tracy January 7, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

    What a beautiful, flattering dress on you

  24. Rebecca January 7, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

    I’m still deciding what to do with my piece of this lovely fabric. Now I’m inspired to get something made soon. Your dress really shows off the print and drape well, and looks like it would be very versatile.

  25. Sophie January 8, 2015 at 3:13 am #

    Its LOVER-LY! I like the sack-ness of it and also the pockets. Been wanting to make this forever!

  26. Abigail January 20, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    Love it!

  27. Caroline February 4, 2015 at 5:14 am #

    This is such a beautiful dress, yet simple and comfortable. The fabric looks stunning and luxurious. You improved the dress and fit by lengthening it, a good tip for the rest of us. I like it so much I have to make one. So love the pockets too!

  28. Caroline February 4, 2015 at 5:18 am #

    This is so beautiful and chic, yet simple and comfortable. You improved the look and fit of the tunic by lengthening it, a great tip for the rest of us. The fabric looks stunning and luxurious. I like it so much, I have to make one. So love the pockets too!

  29. Kathie Jones February 28, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

    I realllllyyy like this.The print, cut, fabric—it all works so well!
    You are a similar build to me and I have to say I am so impressed at how nice this looks, that I am seriously vibin’ on making this right away for myself! :)

    Thanks for sharing… <3