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Monday, August 31, 2015

StyleArc Lani Woven Tunic

I hope you aren't tired of my review of tunics!  I am so hooked on them!  This one isn't a knit but made from a woven, a linen to be exact, and this is the type of pattern I have been looking for.

From the StyleArc site, here is how the tunic is described: This is a fabulous piece, the design lines make it interesting and the asymmetrical hem line really makes this pattern unique. The tunic length is great over pants as well as a long line skirt.
Gorgeous tunic with asymmetrical design lines and ¾ sleeves

What drew me to this pattern is not only that it is for a woven tunic but look at those design lines! Genius!  I just love them!

I used a linen from Hancock's that was labeled as dry clean only--hogwash was my first reaction and I washed it in HOT water and dried it on HOT--not once, but twice.  It didn't compromise the fabric at all but made all the different colors in the weave stand out.  Glad I did this!  I also included the pocket!



This linen wrinkles just looking at it!  I hope after several washes and dries, it will soften up a bit.  


This is listed as a challenging sew or for experienced sewers.  While I had a few head-scratching moments, it was mostly due to how the directions were written--without the diagram, I would have scratched my head at least a few times!


My first 'huh' had to do with the way the instructions are written in regards to the mitered corner on the front hems.  I had to read it more than once as at first it sounds to me like you are supposed two sew the two mitered corners together...nope.  You sew each one separately.


I am very glad that the pattern pieces have points A, B, C marked so you can easily match up the appropriate notches so this puzzle comes together as it should.  While it does take a few minutes to cut out, I didn't find this challenging at all but if you don't have much sewing experience, this would be difficult.

I think the neckline, shoulders, sleeves, and armscyes are shaped just beautifully and I didn't have to ease the sleeve head at all--it went together so well and so easily I double checked it twice to make sure there wasn't a big tuck somewhere I wasn't aware of!


My only modifications were to taper in the side seams about an inch from the bust to an inch above the hemline and I liked the little bit of a flare there.

I really like this tunic and I love it with my jeans!  It was fun to make and it took about as long to cut out as it did to sew.  I'd like to make this a few more times, perhaps sleeveless or with a long sleeve.  I think it would work well with a stiffer ponte and perhaps may work for color blocking!

Thanks for reading!
Sue

13 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Very nice fabric, great design. Looks very good on you!

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  2. This looks great Sue. Your fabric drapes well for this design. I am thinking of trying this pattern again in a ponte too.

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  3. This looks so great, Sue, I love the look and the lines. Great job and you look fabulous

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    1. Thank you Lori! That comment made me smile!

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  4. Sue, love your tunic. Looks awesome on you. I made this in July using a turquoise linen cotton blend. Right before moving. It's a great pattern.

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  5. It looks wonderful. That is the perfect fabric for it! Time for me to move this pattern higher in my sewing queue.

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  6. I've just cut out my muslin. There are some negative reviews on Pattern Review and so I decided I'd better make up a muslin. I LOVE yours in this linen.

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