The Melody tunic was Style Arc’s freebie for June. I tend to hold off on buying patterns until there is either a sale or a freebie that I want – and in June there was both!
I sewed size 12 without alteration. The fabric is divine – it was a gift from Anna and I believe that it originally came from clothing manufacturer The Ark (they used to sell off excess fabric at one of their retail stores). The colours are absolutely perfect for me! I am not sure what the fibre composition is. I did find that it stuck to the iron a little bit, so I used my organza pressing cloth.
This tunic has some lovely details. From the Style Arc website: This directional and super comfy tunic top features an on-trend ¾ length sleeve with an elastic cuff. The V-neck with collar and slight swing silhouette allows this tunic to be an easy wear that will become your new wardrobe staple. FABRIC SUGGESTION: Linen, crepe, rayon or fine wool.
I chose not to stitch down the front yoke facing – it stayed in place nicely without it. The only topstitching on this tunic is at the hem and to form the casings for the elasticised sleeves. I hand-stitched the stand facing in place on the inside of the neckline.
Style Arc actually have a video tutorial that shows you how to sew the collar and stand and yoke. I didn’t watch it before making the tunic – too impatient – but I do plan to go back and see what I can learn from the experts. The back yoke is attached burrito style, so there are no exposed seams at the shoulders or back.
I really enjoyed sewing this tunic, and I know that I’ll enjoy wearing it. Thanks Anna for the fabric and thanks to Style Arc for another excellent pattern. Yes, I’m a fan.