Really, anything named for Tilda Swinton (is there any other Tilda?) has to be good.
I first sewed the Style Arc Tilda tunic up years ago – and fortunately for me, I blogged the two I made so can tell you it was back in 2012. I think that was in the relatively early days of Style Arc patterns – it’s printed in whole pattern pieces on much thinner paper (I think on a plotter). The tunics I sewed then weren’t worn a great deal – I’m not sure why, but in retrospect I think that this pattern was ahead of its time a bit. The sleeve shaping is unusual.
The shoulder seam isn’t all that long, but there is plenty of fabric in the underarm. This means that there’s interesting draping where the sleeve meets the body of the tunic. I really love this now, but don’t think that I was as comfortable with it back in 2012. Boy, I wish I’d kept the khaki jersey tunic I’d made then!
From the Style Arc website: This latest look “Tilda Tunic “ features a Kimono style sleeve and dropped raglan armhole and “V” neck. Wear it with your favourite camisole to give you a stylish look that would suit any occasion. FABRIC SUGGESTION & DESCRIPTION Jersey, any soft knit fabric.
I sewed this version in linen knit from Rathdowne Fabrics. It’s a perfect fabric choice for this loose style, and it hangs and drapes well. Linen knits don’t have a great deal of recovery, so are much better in this type of style than something fitted. I sewed straight size 12, mostly on the overlocker, and used the sewing machine to highlight the raglan seamlines and shoulder seam lines as well as to secure the neckline and the hems.
This is an early Style Arc pattern, so the instructions are quite succinct. But the diagrams are great, and really, it’s a tee. I’ll definitely sew this one again!