How fun is this tunic from StyleArc? I think it is super, duper fun!
I made it yesterday afternoon and as you'll see from my photos, wore it today so there are some wrinkles that I hope you'll ignore!
I purchased this as a PDF from StyleArc's Etsy store. Have you gone there yet? Not only are the patterns cheaper, but also it is instant gratification! You can also order a size range. My typical size for StyleArc is a 12 so at the Etsy store, I purchase the range of sizes from 10 to 14. That way, if a garment is super over-sized, I can print off and put together the size 10.
This pattern has some interesting details that caught my eye. I LOVE neck and sleeve bands! There aren't created from merely cutting a wide strip and then folding, there are separate pieces that are sewn together to create the shaped sleeve bands. I really, really love this detail!
This is how this garment fit me straight from the package, so to speak! Oops, let me say that I almost always make a swayback adjustment and I did here as well. That was my only adjustment to the fit. When I make this again, I am going to consider make an FBA and add darts. Notice, there isn't really any shaping to this garment which I was more than okay with. We are having one heck of a HOT and HUMID summer as I am sure most of the country is but I don't really want any tops hugging my curves!
Let's talk about the fabric a moment, shall we? I love this coral crepe. I don't typically sew with crepe and while it is just lovely to look at and the finished garment I think looks pretty darn good, it has sort of a spongy-quality that was a little frustrating to get a sharp press with at the sleeve and neckline bands. I ended up hitting those areas with a super hot iron, a pressing cloth, and a lot of steam. That helped tremendously!
If you've made StyleArc patterns in the past, you will realize that the strength of this pattern company is their drafting, not their directions. I had read other reviewers comment the directions for attaching the lower skirt to the bodice was difficult to understand, so I look at the diagram that was included with the pattern download and it all made sense.
I love this tunic. I hope to make another at some point in a lovely silk or similarly silky fabric.
As always, thank you for reading!
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