A Review of the #1919 Shadow Tunic PDF Pattern by Trish Newbery.
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I came upon this designer by chance after following a recommendation thread on Facebook. Trish Newbery, based in New Zealand, is a fashion designer and teacher. On the website you can find pdf patterns to download as well as online classes you can book. The patterns are all women's wear including some accessories and free patterns. You can search the patterns by fabric type (knit or woven) and difficulty level which I think is a great filter. Quite often I have fabric I want to use rather than looking for a particular garment.
The garment that really caught my eye was the #1919 Shadow Tunic - I haven't seen anything like it. I love all the features - the swish, the short front and the funky hood! I imagine that it would be a great base garment for cosplay too.
Trish Newbery describes the #1919 Shadow Tunic as:
a contour fit dress / tunic with two front length options, regular full length sleeve, crossover self-lined hood with drawstring and back yoke.
The #1919 Shadow Tunic comes in sizes XXS-3XL. Following the measurement chart I fell into XL which I was nervous about but actually the sizing came out spot-on. Recommended fabric is a knit with 40% stretch that has good recovery. I happened to have a burgundy stable knit in my stash that I had planned to make a dress from but it seemed perfect for the #1919 Shadow Tunic.
Unfortunately, I didn't have enough so I ended up using a black waffle knit for the arms and back yoke and a flowery scuba for the hood lining. This, however, worked out to my advantage as I have a garment that is so much more interesting than if I'd used the same colour throughout.
I chose not to add the ties to the hood because I would never use them but I have to say there is something about the drafting of this hood that makes it hang beautifully on the head - it just has such a lovely shape. Infact, the whole piece is beautifully shaped - the dress at the front is shaped to your body and the rest of the garment flares from the hip in a very flattering way.
Construction of the #1919 Shadow Tunic is fairly straight forward. The pattern pieces are large which can be a bit challenging if you don't have a lot of space but there aren't a lot of pattern pieces so it comes together quickly. The instructions are quite basic - especially if you are used to the pages and pages of instructions that you sometimes get from other designers. If you are an intermediate / advanced sewist you probably wouldn't even read the instructions for this garment but for the beginner sewist there is a youtube video that takes you through step-by-step. I did have a query regarding a step in the construction and Trish responded really quickly and helpfully.
Final Thoughts: I love my #1919 Shadow Tunic! It feels amazing to wear - when you walk it lifts up behind you making you feel imposing and powerful. I will definitely make more of these!