I have been waiting to find the time to sew up the Schoolhouse Tunic for almost a year now! In fact I planned to sew it up during Spring Top Sewalong 2012. It also seemed the perfect project to use this wonderful Walkabout print from Cloud9’s Alegria collection, that was designed by the super talented Geninne Zlatkis.
As usual with Meg’s Patterns, the tunic came together really easily. I made the US size 4 (UK size 8) and when I tried on the top half it seemed to fit wonderfully. I am only 5ft 1, and therefore quite petite! I am quite small on the waist, but larger on the bust and well, sad to admit rather large around the hip/bottom area currently! Too much baking and not enough running!
Needless to say, the looser fit around the midriff, wasn’t as flattering as it could be. I think this is where you are usually meant to create a muslin, if you aren’t a standard size! Obviously I rushed ahead and didn’t bother! I did a quick fix, using the size 4 as a guide, to take in the sides and it fits much better, if a smidge cosier around the bust. I’ve been eyeing up a Craftsy Course: Sew the Perfect Fit, which might give me the knowledge I need to tailor clothing to my particular body shape. Otherwise, I absolutely love this top and everyone who has seen it has commented on the fabric print. Cue another dodgy looking self portrait on timer…
The Schoolhouse Tunic sewing pattern is now available from my shop Stitch Organics, along with Luminaries Quilt Sewing Pattern, Flora Tunic and Twirly Skirt Sewing Pattern and Woodlands Shirt Sewing Pattern. You can see my version of the Woodlands Shirt here.