39 thoughts on “My Sew-Sew Life-Linen Chambray Tunic

  1. I adore everything about that tunic! I wouldn’t have the patience for the embellishment but the fringe isn’t fabulous. I need to sew again ( I say this every time I see something great)!

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    1. Tell you what, Maggie. I had no idea how long each row was going to take. I really underestimated the time involved. There were times that i would skip a couple of days and do something else because of how tedious it was so I totally understand your point. But, when all said and done, for me, it really gives it a that unique individualistic look I was after.

      But the fringe is the main show. I love ETSY for finding off the wall things like that. Take care
      xox Terri


  2. I noticed the wig right away but I thought maybe you changed your hair!!
    This project reminds me of some of my knitting projects….they can take years and years!!
    What a great idea to crop those jeans…that’s something I would totally do!!
    ps…I added Nancy to the slow fashion walk because her top is handed down from me which was given to me by a friend!!

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    1. I figured you would know how these projects go sometimes and a knitting project can last waaaaaaaaay lot longer than this tunic. I am starting on a new knitting endeavor (actually today) and hopefully will get some sewing done at the same time.

      Jodie, I will tell, I never had enough hair for this style ever and certainly not now as my haired a thinned little by little since turning 60. Thanks for linking up again-the more the merrier my collage!


  3. Love the tunic – and your post about it’s creation. I’ve had my current sewing machine since 2005 and last week was the first time I’ve used any of the fancy stitches. You did such a great job – I’m inspired.

    Love the wig too – I’m really interested in your future ‘wig post’. I’ve considered one – old/thinning hair. Just haven’t had the nerve to take the plunge.

    Whatever your blogging style is – keep it up – I enjoyed this one


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    1. Iris, hello and thank you for visiting my blog and leaving kind words.

      I’ve bought my Babylock in 2010l a couple of years before I retired. I seriously used a few of my decorative stitches to make the girls tote bags and then nothing until this top so we have something in common there.
      I am going to be on the girls to schedule a deadline for this “our hair” post because this is an important conversation, especially for us older ladies who don’t like what is happening to our hair.

      Also, it so nice to discover another older creative blogger. I’ve already been over to your world and see you like Barbie dolls too. Take care, Terri

      PS-I’m adding you to my reader list.

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    1. Thanks Patti, no my hair is way to thin to have a style like this. I have finally seen the light and took the gigantic step and bought a couple of wigs, first one in my now grey and then one in my natural hair color (OK, minus the highlights) before I started dying my hair blond.


  4. That’s a beautiful tunic and great looking capris. I love the hair…. pls do tell us about wigs. This one looks terrific –the color and the style. Well done!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Linda
      Trust me, I am going to start nagging the girls about when they can get their blurbs written. We talked about it earlier this year, but that was before I went full wig. Having a ‘Messenger” conference with them is on top of my list this week.
      I am so glad I cut those jeans off rather than donating them back! They were exactly what my top needed.
      Take care, Terri


    1. HI, Carmen

      Thank you for dropping by and leaving a word! I knew I couldn’t be the only one who got an occasion surprise of, “Oh, I forgot about you!”.
      As far as today’s wigs, I am blown away by their technology. It has been a whole new world with a lot of new terms to use. The synthetic fibers are so lifelike and they are so much easier to take care of. It has opened up so many possibilities for my hair. Take care,
      xox Terri


    1. Hello Maria!
      Wigs are amazing these days. There are still the party wigs as they say, but then there are ones like these-incredible synthetics.

      I’m glad my tunic turned out nicely because it only took me 2 1/2 years to get around to it!


  5. You have great patience Terri. This is beautifully stitched and looks lovely on you.
    I could not tell you were wearing a wig. It looked like you had changed your colour. I look forward to your wig post. It is something I have been contemplating to cover my grey and add a bit of fun. 🌼

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    1. I think the one thing knitting all these years has taught me is to have patience. So no matter how long I think I’m spending on my sewing, I know knitting it would take forever!

      I am happy that I finally took the plunge on wigs. I was lucky that I had Michelle who already wore wigs and watching how much fun she was having just rubbed off on me. I’ve been already thinking about what I want to do for our collaboration and think we will try to do it towards the end of September or beginning of October.


    1. Thank you Maureen,

      It was nice to find a good way to use some of my decorative stitches on a garment rather than a utilitarian object such as a tote bag.

      Charbray and white were made for each other since half of Charbray is made up of white yarn.


  6. What a beautiful well made top and as you know, I love a bit of boho!
    I’ve told you before that I like your natural hair but the change of look with the wig is fun and it really suits you too. I had no idea you were a natural brunette!! xxx

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    1. Life is full of surprises! I almost forgot I was a brunette until I wast going through some old teacher photos from school. I still had brown hair in ’06. I really do like wigs. They alleviate the problem if my hair is going to look good.

      I’m glad you like the top. For a while, I thought it was going to look dowdy but it looks just fine with the right kind of pants. xox Terri


    1. Thank you, Sharmon

      Well, to begin with this is a hobby and I’m retired so that means I have the time and I’m not doing this for a living. It did take longer than i instantiated but I would do it again if I thought it would help the peice I was working on. Love your site, especially that sweatshirt, Take care xox Terri

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  7. Wow, thank you for the idea of embroidery stitches!!! I really like your linen top a lot. You look gorgeous in it. I nearly didn´t recognize you with your new ´hair style`, but I think it´s a good idea for autumn/winter and it suits you very much.
    I am grateful to my father for teaching me how to handle a sewing machine. It makes my life richer and saves me a lot of money. From my opinion it´s one of the best hobbies there are!
    xoxo Reni

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    1. Thank you Reni. The stitches did take me a while to do but I went at slow speed to make sure I didn’t go off my marks. I listen to podcasts when I’m doing them and that makes it not so boring.

      I am happy that I finally am trying wigs. For various of reasons, both my daughters wear them and it just took me a while.

      Do you think sewing saves money these days? I’ve always attributed fast fashion as one of the demises of sewing as a hobby. But we get a durable and quality product when we make it ourselves. Outside of the creativity, that is an important point for me.
      xoxo Terri

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      1. Hi Terry,
        I don’t think sewing saves money. Only if I make an exquisit piece of silk or so. That was the case when I made the wedding dress for my best friend Doro. But for me it’s not the intention. It’s such a satisfaction when I finish a piece. And I keep all my self made pieces because it would break my heart to give them away after all this work!
        XOXO Reni

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  8. Oh gosh, what an amazing piece you’ve created! I’m literally dying for that French seam tape fringe. I will now spend the rest of my life searching for the same. But if I were to find it, I would put it in my sewing box (ha ha ha ha, as if I ever sewed) and save it forever and ever, afraid to “ruin” or waste it.

    So funny, I JUST put my wig (leftover from chemo days) on yesterday, thinking it might be fun in a photo shoot with a specific dress. In the end I didn’t do it but so funny that I’d see you in one today!


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    1. Hi Bettye, I will admit that I have a bit left over that I need to figure out what to do with. It’s less than a yard so it is pretty much rendered useless. I might (if I have time) make Sophia (my main Poodle) a little linen bandana with it around the edge.

      I’ll tell you, I’m a believer in wigs now. I don’t have extremely thinning hair, but now in my late 60’s it’s nowhere as thick as it was in my 50’s and i can always have a good hair day when I wear a wig.

      Do you sew? I’m am always trying to find fashion bloggers that also sew. Take care,


  9. Hi Terri!
    I know I have also thought about how my blog has changed since the beginning. I used to write all fashion, and now, have dedicated one day ( Fri) to any midlife or personal topic I choose to write about, which is enjoyable.
    You surprised me with your wig! I thought you colored your hair! It looks wonderful and fun to have a choice, so neat your daughters wear them too!
    I have been buying more on Poshmark lately and also buying on other thrifting sites, I will be there for your Sept party!
    Wonderful job on your lovely tunic, and I like the crossbody bag with it!
    jess xx

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    1. Hi Jess,
      September is going to be here before we know it! I’m knew i wan’t the only one branching out from “what I’m wearing”. Outside of my hair, I probably don’t really have no ideas about doing anything else besides as the creative DIY and fashion history. I’m only publishing twice a month now and that has become the best solution for me.

      So you have been exploring other sites. I will be interested in what you think of the ones you’ve bought from.

      xoxo Terri


    1. Thank you Emma, I think learning to sew is easier than learning to knit and you have a product much quicker. I need to use this little bag more-it has been so useful this summer. Thank you for having the linkup. Take care,


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