This tunic was a Christmas present for my Mum. I think that it has all the features she prefers in a top – tunic length, high neckline at the back. Although actually, her favourite top is the spotted Style Arc Martha overshirt that I made for myself – I wasn’t wearing it so gave it to Mum, and it’s great on her! Anyway, back to this top.
This is the Style Arc Ascot tunic (I skipped the belt that is also in the pattern). From the pattern website: You will love this new free-falling tunic with its flattering “V” neckline that has been designed to hug the neck. The fashionable balloon shaped sleeve with its darted hem is a 3/4 length, that falls beautifully from the dropped shoulder line. To finish off this look a belt pattern has been included, this belt ties effortlessly at the front, why not hi-lite your style with a contrast coloured or a leather belt. FABRIC SUGGESTION: Crepe, rayon, silk, linen. If my memory is correct, I sewed size 14. The fabric is printed rayon from The Cloth Shop, Ivanhoe. Such beautiful colours, and the softness and drape that you come to expect from printed rayons.
The centre front seam allows for a lovely finish to the V-neckline, which is faced. The hemline is finished with a double fold, which I pressed and sewed before sewing the side seams. This allows you to get a nice curve from the bottom of the hem up to the side seams.
The sleeves are shaped and are in two pieces, as well as being darted at the bottom. A different fabric choice – something crisper and more structural than rayon – would really emphasise the ‘balloon’ shape of the sleeves.
I’ll need to encourage Mum to get some photos of this tunic on her, so I can add them to this post! And I’ll also need to sew this for myself at some stage – it’s a good thing that I bought the multi-sized version of the pdf pattern.