I’ve been sewing more for myself lately. Little by little, I’m overcoming that fear of investing time and money into sewing something that might wind up being a big failure. A few weeks ago, I looked around my sewing room and realized that I have piles of fabric intended for clothes for myself and yet, it just sits there. No more, I’m using it up. I’ve made a handful of tops since then and finally got up the nerve to sew up the Late Lunch Tunic pattern by Liesl + Co.
I purchased this digital pattern and even printed it out ages ago. The style appealed to me because the top is structured to right under the bust and then it has a nice, flowy skirt. I figured it would be perfect for my pear shape and would be long enough to wear comfortably with leggings or skinny jeans. I’ve been wanting to sew myself some plaid check since I fell in love with this Christmas dress. I scored some plaid flannel on clearance that worked great for this project.
I sewed a size 2, following the pattern suggestions for bust measurement and I’m really happy with the finished result. The length and shoulder fit is perfect on my frame. The arms are a little tight though not uncomfortable, and should be fine once I tone up a bit, ahem. The pattern was easy to follow and easy to sew – I finished within a few hours and intend to make several more of these babies.
I added two elastic cord loops into the bodice seam on each side to hold a belt. I like to accentuate my slimmer areas with a belt and I don’t want to worry about it slipping down or sitting crooked – the loops do the trick to hold it in place. This thin belt is comfortable to wear, but adds just a little formality to the tunic. I also dressed it up with some shiny buttons. Of course, you can keep the tunic more casual without a belt and with simpler buttons.
I’ve worn my new uniform four of the last five days, including on a weekend date to Tahoe for Valentine’s Day with my husband, rollerskating with the kids, and for school carpool. It works for pretty much everything.
Pattern: digital Late Lunch Tunic by Liesl + Co.
Fabric: Flannel from Beverly’s Fabrics (purchased locally)