Pattern Description: Here is a description from the back of the envelope: Stylish, flattering, and quick to sew, the Schoolhouse Tunic is a versatile addition to your wardrobe. This pattern lets you make a tunic to wear as a dress of over jeans--or make a shirt. The Schoolhouse Tunic features front and back pleats, 3/4-length sleeves with optional elastic gathering at the cuff, and an open bodice perfect for layering over your favorite camisole or tank.
Pattern Sizing: sizes 2 to 20 are included in one envelope. I started with the 14-16 and ended up taking it in about 4 inches. Keep that in mind if you decide to make this up.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Why yes, I think it does!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Directions are super easy. I actually decided to read them since I am unfamiliar with this pattern company. Any beginner could pick this up and if you follow the directions closely, you'll have a nice garment.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really liked the styling. It is super casual but yet fun. DH said it was a little too hippy-dippy for him. Honestly, I've never heard him say this before so I am a little stumped as to what he actually means and at the moment I can't press him too much as American Pickers is on.
I disliked how big and floppy this top runs.
I used this beautiful rayon blend I purchased a the American Quilt Society show in Des Moines last weekend. The sales person was the guy that designed it. I wish I would have kept the receipt as I really like it and it was a breeze to sew. I have no idea how to contact him for future purchases. :(
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I took in the front and made vertical pleats six inches long that ran parallel to the stitching that holds down the bodice facing. It helped but I do think I could have taken the skirt in as well.
I ended up making the back darts bigger by one inch each and then making vertical darts three inches long that intersect at the waist seam.
Just for fun, I used variegated thread when topstitching.
There wasn't any interfacing and I added it to the facing pieces to give the bodice a little more shape.
I stay stitched the neck edge prior to attaching the facings.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
For me, I won't sew it again, but if one of my daughters wanted one, I'd create it for them. It is a fun style, but let's face it, one is enough. I do recommend this to others if you need an instant gratification project. If you are a beginner, it is great as there are no zippers or button holes.
This was a fun to construct and easy to whip up top. I made a promise to myself to break out of my shell and sew patterns from Indy companies rather than my usual Vogue that I love so much. The only problem is that many of the Indies are spendy. I forked out 15 bucks for this pattern and usually I can find the big 4 patterns for less than four dollars each. Now I know why I tend to stick with what I know. :)