Deep Pockets Tunic in Framework Double Gauze

deep pockets tunic

Ellen Baker of The Long Thread has a new line of fabrics out for Kokka this summer, and I gleefully volunteered to take some yardage off her hands and play with it.  Double gauze, which comprises about half this collection, is one of my all-time favorite fabrics to sew with–it’s really just two layers of loosely-woven cotton that are stitched together with teeny little catch stitches, to make a double-layered fabric that’s breathable yet opaque, perfect for summer garments.

deep pockets tunic with center front panel

And could these prints be ANY cuter?  The aqua here is called Sitting Geese, and the chartreuse is Broken Plaid.  The colors are bright and clear and spring-like and joyful, and the drape of the fabric is so great for summer garments (but equally awesome when used in a summer-weight quilt).

ellen baker for kokka double gauze

This little tunic is for my not-quite-eight-year-old, who is rapidly growing out of her clothing and approaching the age where we’ll be forced to select from the various “tween” fashions available–most of which suck so completely that I am at a loss for words.  I wanted to make her something that was a little less “little,” but that still let her be little.  I know, that’s not really a diagrammable sentence.  But you moms totally smell what I’m stepping in.

deep pockets tunic in motion

Because she’s not a little adult, but she’s not a little girl anymore, either.  She’s something in between, but twenty years ago, she wouldn’t have been–how did that happen?  She could have stayed a little girl with little girl likes and dislikes a little longer–and not come home with stories of mean girls in second grade and singing song lyrics about popular girls and the boys who like them.  Gag.  It makes my heart hurt to think about it too much.  So the least I can do, as her mom, is to provide her with clothes that remind her that it’s enough to just dance and play and jump and be silly for a few more years yet.  That give her room to create an imaginary outdoor laboratory and collect specimens from nature, or to be a queen and rule her subjects mercilessly (both of these scenarios took place the afternoon these photos were shot, so I’m pretty sure my plan is working).

deep pockets tunic from whipstitch

Especially important to me was the idea that this tunic (1) be a tunic that could be worn over shorts or leggings or jeans and with a tee under or by itself–sort of like my Pinafore design, and (2) that it have super deep pockets.  Because girls should have treasures that they carry with them, and room in their clothes to take their dreams from place to place.

deep pockets tunic ballet

It’s still a prototype–the “collar” was a bit of a Bob Ross “happy accident,” where I meant to turn the bias tape under but it narrowed the shoulders too much, so I left it un-stitched and sorta love the mod feel that gives–but I’m working on refining it to make a bunch more for her.  As far as I’m concerned, she can live in these this summer, over her swimsuit or with shorts, and collect shells and pillbugs and flowers and dreams in her great, big pockets.

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  • Ruth
    May 13, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I’m a lot older than eight and I really love this… it just screams “freedom!” 🙂

    • Deborah
      May 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Haha! Nothing says summer to me more than a pair of deep pockets and time to do cartwheels outside. I’m so glad you like it (and feel the same way)!!

  • Ellen
    May 13, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Deborah — First of all, thank you! I love this tunic and I am so thankful for your help with market sewing.

    I completely relate to your feelings here. My nine-year-old wants to shop at Justice and text her friends, as I watch with dismay and confusion. I can only hope that their rushed childhood will make middle school easier? Or perhaps even more complicated.

  • Mel fo SinglehandedKnits
    May 15, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I LOVE THIS! And you are right! The fabric looks perfect for summer! The pockets are perfectly perfect! My inner self is screaming I WANT ONE PLEASE! Even at almost 40 picking flowers & scooping up millipedes is something i do regularly and how I wish my pockets could hold my daily treasures! For now I will just look forward to sewing it for my little 10 year old (little because she is a size 6x…)
    MAHALO for sharing this!

  • Nancy Vankessel
    May 16, 2014 at 12:35 am

    I love this cute little dress. I have never sewn cloths only quilts but I am
    thinking of giving this cute pattern a try.

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