When I saw this tunic pattern I fell in love with it right away. It was something I would enjoy wearing. Stylish, yet VERY comfortable.
My three first versions are made from a stretch cotton velour. It is SO nice and soft. I love the feel of it. In the last two tunics I used French Terry Knit. I like topstitching and the Coverpro CPX 1000 is a great friend in projects like this. I made a decorative cover seam in the center front and back panels.
When I started working on the first version I trusted the size chart. Wow, I should have measured the pattern with a measuring tape in stead (like the fitting classes teach), but I was to lazy, just hoped it would be correct. Look at this, it is totally HUGE.
I made a size small on top and extra small over the hip. Now I have worked on getting the perfect fit. There are small differences in the different versions, as I tried to find what was right for me. As far as I remember I have reduced my original pattern with at least 12 cm ((4.8 inches) from both front and back sections. I tried to keep most of my changes here, so I didn’t interfere too much with the side pockets. In addition I “tweaked” a little here and there.
Now dont be scared by this first version. It turned out better as I worked with it.
Tunic number 3 is gray. I bought the fabric thinking it would make the perfect tunic.. But as I worked with it I took in a little too much under the arms. In the end I added a little fabric in this area,, mending my mistakes. Yes, I can wear it and it is comfortable, but I don’t think it ended up being as perfect as I planned.
Finallly my last two tunics i French Terry knit. I bought this fabric in the LA California fashion district as my husband and I visited this summer.
After working with these tunics I still love the pattern. I will definetly use it again. But I would recomend measuring the bust, hip and waist areas of the pattern pieces and letting that guide you as you size your pattern.