Yesterday I was deliberating between a tunic and a coat. Using the mosaic patchwork technique to create fabric, creates a relatively stiff fabric. The fabric is strong and warm but I wanted pockets and sleeves.
My original idea when creating the fabric was to make a coat. I already have 3 coats and I wanted something that I could wear a lot. After all its going to be an art piece and I dont want it to sit in the closet for most of the year.
I asked myself which of my tunics I wear the most and why.
This one! It has a low golf collar which allows me to wear scarves with it. It is roomy enough for layered clothing in really cold weather, the pattern is wide enough so that I can work while using it. It has HUGE pockets on the sides so I won't have to create set in pockets. And it also has sleeves.
This was originally a pocketless, too small tunic which I paid 1 shekel for a few years ago at a charity store. In my pile of fabrics I found 1 metre of black tricot and it was just enough to create 2 panels on either side of the tunic - front and back as well as 2 huge pockets sitting on the the two front panels.
The deep pockets. For the patchwork piece I will be making wider pockets.
I drafted a pattern from it, front and back 2 pieces cut on the fold - 4 panels - 2 front side and 2 back side - 2 pockets and 2 sleeves.
I have 4 mosaic prestitched squares
I have started playing around with them on the pattern pieces.
I will be using all the mosaic pieces that I have already and adding new sections to them till they fit the pattern pieces.
This is exactly what I want and will wear it a lot. It is a very versatile piece, over pants or a skirt or even tights and boots. It will have HUGE pockets as well.