Thursday 5 April 2012

Tip Top Tunic

There is a very attractive tunic in the Boden catalogue [currently would like another tunic to wear with leggings this summer.

boden tunic

Then my latest Prima magazine arrived last week, and I noticed the free pattern was for a tunic of the same sort of style.

Prima UK - May 2012

I had some soft viscose in the stash, a black and white print, and only 1.4 metres was needed, so I had a go at the weekend.


It does say ‘some skill required’ and I was frustrated to realise the pattern for the sleeve is on the back of the ‘front’ pattern piece. I had to copy a sleeve pattern onto scrap paper. That took ages!

I made it up as a size 12 – but it came up too big, and the neckline was particularly saggy. So that meant re-sewing all the tucks in the front and the darts at the back.

There were no clear instructions about the bias edging for the neckline.


But now it is done, I am really pleased with it. If I make another I shall remember to get it all finished and fitted before I bind the neckline, and I may use a contrast [plain?] binding instead of using the matching fabric. From start to finish [including pattern making and fitting alterations] took around four hours – I would hope to make a similar top again in half the time.

There are no fastenings to worry about, the shaping is done with 6 parallel tucks on the front bodice and two long darts on the back. The sleeves have a simple hem threaded with elastic. there is also a short sleeved variation on the pattern too.

Looking through some other blogs, I notice that Prima did a very similar tunic top a couple of years ago.

This one will be going to Cornerstones for next week’s holiday!


  1. Cute! I like it! I do like tunics very much. If it was a struggle for you, it would be a HUGE struggle for me as my seamstress skills are rusty. You'll have to take a picture of yourself wearing it! Thinking of you this busy ministry week.

  2. Beautiful fabric and lovely tunic. I like the cut - it looks comfortable and feminine.

  3. Pretty! But just thinking about patterns makes my head ache...

    So, Cullercoats Aug 1997? Son 1 was born in June 1997 and we were pretty much at the church every Sunday except when we were visiting the family, so I guess we may have worshipped together then! How incredible, Ang.

  4. Erm...four hours for you....six months then two months in therapy for me.
    Jane x

  5. Gorgeous! Tunic is nice too!


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