I couldn't decide what to make with it or what exactly I would do with it but knew I loved the gray and muted red together.
For inspiration, I turn to the web and a lot of times Pinterest. Instead of a typical button up the front and collared shirt, I thought this tunic from StyleArc might be fun. The pattern isn't designed for flannel but with the looser fit and blouson top, I thought it would work so I'll let you decide if the final execution was worth it or not. I will say however that I wore it today and received many compliments!
This tunic is called the Ginnie. It has a front band, drawstring at the hip level, envelope pockets that are lower than the bust, roll sleeves and a shaped hemline. I made just a few modifications.
As you can see, I cut the front band and pocket flaps on the bias to give it a little visual interest. I interfaced the areas that called for interfacing as suggested by the pattern. For StyleArc, the directions were actually pretty good! The only head-scratching moment I had was in regards to the envelope pockets.
This is the first time I've ever made them and while they aren't complicated, I was confused! If you look at the diagram of the pocket and think about it, they go together fairly easily. Don't be like me and over think it.
I lengthened the sleeves so they are full-length and also the hemline so it covers my backside more thoroughly. There is nothing worse that tugging on a top that is too short. I didn't initially add the sleeve tabs but might now that I have worn it.
I will make this tunic again in a lighterweight fabric that is more flowy as that is how it was designed. I love breaking the sewing rules now and then, don't you?