2016 is going to be the year of the tunic for my selfish sewing. I’m determined to find the perfect tunic. The style is the perfect garment for a stay at home mom in my opinion. It’s casual, comfortable, yet offers a bit of style, so you don’t feel like a complete frump. Plus, I’m a bit taller (5’8″) and I’ve found most ready to wear tunics fit me more like a top, not a tunic. Sometimes, it works if I’m wearing the top with jeans, but if I want to wear leggings or skinny pants I’m more comfortable covering my rear a bit. My first tunic pattern to test out was the Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June. Well, guys, I think my work is already done.
Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic
Designer: Hey June
Fabric: Blue/Green Plaid lightweight shirting by Robert Kaufman
This pattern is pure perfection. The neckline and front placket on View B is perfect, not too high, not too low, not too wide, not too narrow. The curve of the hem is wonderful. The back is slightly longer than the front, but nothing too extreme. And, my favorite part about the pattern is that every seam is enclosed. French seams are used on the shoulder, side and armsyce seams. I can be a bit picky about how a sleeve pattern fits onto a shirt and the Cheyenne Tunic does not disappoint. Adrianna has you do a very slight gather along the shoulder of the sleeve prior to attaching the sleeve. The gathers help to create the french seam and the finished result has absolutely no gathers at the shoulder, but just a perfectly attached sleeve that lies nice and smooth. I have wider shoulders than the average person, so the shoulder seam could be brought out a bit, but that would be a personal adjustment needed with no fault to the pattern.
For my version I used a Robert Kaufman lightweight shirting fabric in a blue/green plaid I picked up at Nancy’s Basket while visiting family in Seattle this past summer. I’ve looked and looked online to try to find a link to the fabric, but have had no luck. If anyone knows where you can purchase this fabric please let me know! I think this fabric was a good choice for the pattern. It’s a lightweight enough fabric making the placket super easy to put together. I can see how a heavier fabric may be more challenging, but not impossible. I would be interested in seeing this pattern done in a more drapey fabric, like a rayon. I think it would have quite a different look, but be a great alternative.
As far as sizing, I sewed up a size small with a gradual adjustment to a medium at the hips. For reference, my measurements are 33/29/39. According the pattern, I should have adjusted the hips to a large, but decided to go with the Medium. The tunic works great over black skinny pants, but extra room would probably be needed to comfortably fit over my straight legged jeans. I added 2.5″ to the length of the tunic and 1″ to the long sleeve length. The sleeves are made to be extra long and truly are, but I have extremely long arms (my arm span is 5’11”). After my adjustments, the sleeves hit me about 1/3 down the palms of my hands, just where I wanted them to be.
So, my first selfish sewing project is finished! I’m thinking about tackling Grainline Studio’s Tamarack Jacket next. Although, I have some projects for the kids in the works first.