I have to thank my real-life sewing pal Suzie from Threadquarters for putting me onto this pattern. It's the Hey June Cheyenne Tunic.
It's described as: "A casual woven shirt or tunic in two views. View A is a standard collared button down, perfect for making a cozy flannel or trendy chambray shirt. View B has a dropped neckline with no collar and a shaped half placket. Both views feature full or 3/4 length sleeves with optional sleeve tabs and pockets and shirt or tunic lengths. All interior seams are finished with French seaming for a beautiful shirt inside and out".
I made View B without the pockets, and wasn't too sure about how it would turn out. So I used this £3 per metre polyester from Sew N Sew in Belfast (which was stablised with spray starch), and am absolutely delighted with it. The finished garment sizing is quite generous: my sizes put me between 0/2 and 4/6, but because the amount of ease, I made a size 0/2.
The only adjustments I made were to shorten the sleeves by 2" for a petite length as suggested on the pattern, and to also shorten the tunic length by 3". If I make this again, the only change I'll make is to do a full bust adjustment of about 1/2" to 3/4", just to give a bit more room in the front.
The instructions are 39 pages, which is a lot to print out; but, boy, are they worth it! These are honestly the best instructions I've seen in a long time. All the seams are french seams, including the sleeves, which I hadn't done before (see the photo below). And the instructions take you through how to do sew them. At the bit where you attach the sleeve placket binding, the instructions even mention that the illustration binding is shorter that the pattern piece. I love detail like that!
The trickiest bit is the bottom of the short placket on the front. Not going to lie, it is fiddly, but just follow the instructions, and you can't got wrong.
The back yoke is constructed using the burrito method. I hadn't done this before either; and, again, the instructions are excellent. There is also a sewalong on the Hey June blog.
I love how this tunic turned out! It's something a bit different for me, and I like it with my skinny jeans. I'm also quite keen to try the shirt version. Annnd, I got some snazzy lights for my photos which are a total game-changer! And they double up as extra light for the sewing room, because the light in there is rubbish.
Have a great weekend,