80’s Inspired Hylo Tunic

Well I’ve been wanting to join in with Project Sewn for the last couple of weeks but haven’t been able to get my act together enough (plus I only found out about it like 2 weeks ago). I’ve really loved getting to know a small piece of the sewing/blogger community through this project (and when I say “getting to know” what I mean is stalking blogs like a creeper and not leaving any comments or any other trace that I was there, but I will change that very soon, I promise).

Like quite a few others it seems, I was pretty stumped with the theme “80’s.” Yes I was an 80’s child, but mostly, just that: a child. A child with no fashion sense who let her mom dress her into high school (we don’t talk about that). But then I realized (just like everyone else) that 80’s fashion is making a reappearance in today’s fashion; coincidentally, there was a project that I’d been stewing over that fit the bill pretty well.

And so, without further ado, I give you the Hylo tunic!

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So you can’t really tell in these pictures, but the sleeves are actually quite poofy. Perfect for emulating the 80’s.

My inspiration actually came from the Sundance catalog (an unlikely place if ever I’ve seen one).

hi-lo tunichttp://www.sundancecatalog.com/product/womens+clothing/womens+shirts/womens+tunics/breezy+hi-lo+tunic.do?sortby=ourPicks

I really liked the way they did the hi-low thing, because normally I’m not a fan of that silhouette.


I definitely  made the hi-low less dramatic than the original, but I still really like it. Also, I’m quite proud of the neckline. I’m new to the jersey knit neckline and have had quite a few failures so I was proud of how this one turned out.


Don’t get me wrong, this dress had PLENTY of problems in the construction phase (like binding being sewn on upside down, the skirt being attached inside out, long blue threads EVERYWHERE). The biggest problem was that I was using late nights to sew. Lesson very much learned, sewing gods. Now please bless that my next project can go better than this one.

Overall I’m happy with it. I’m wearing it right now, if that tells you anything 🙂


Oh hai, Kit. What do you think of mom’s new dress?

He approves.


One thought on “80’s Inspired Hylo Tunic

  1. Too funny! Your late night sewing session sounds just like mine. My husband will come in and tell me I should stop sewing when I have the seam ripper in hand and I’m surrounded by lots of little threads! Your dress turned out great.

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