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Style Arc Jules Woven Tunic

I have quite a few pieces of fabric in my stash that I think are particularly lovely.  I keep them together, often going through them and trying to think of which pattern would be perfect for each one.  Sometimes I pair them with patterns, only to separate them and put them away again, because something is telling me that the combination is not quite right.  Other times I put a piece of fabric and a pattern together and a spark ignites.  It’s just right!  The Goldilocks moment!  That’s how this garment came together.

Style Arc Jules woven tunic

The fabric is a jacquard lime/rust linen that was a birthday gift (oh how I love my sewing friends) but I think was purchased at The Drapery. Everything about it is perfect for me! And the pattern is the Style Arc Jules woven tunic.

Style Arc Jules woven tunic

I sewed size 12, which is my usual Style Arc top/dress size, but did a half inch forward shoulder adjustment. I have found that whenever I remember to do this adjustment (especially on wovens) my tops sit so much better! No more tugging them forward.

Style Arc Jules woven tunic

From the Style Arc website: Give your everyday wardrobe a refresh with this flattering tunic. A great piece to see you through the weekends and into the work week. Featuring a “V” neck with a front button opening and a 7/8th length sleeve. The lightly gathered skirt falls softly from the shaped under bust seam. FABRIC SUGGESTION: Washed linen, silk, crepe, soft cotton.


The hardest thing in making this tunic was deciding which side of the jacquard would be the ‘right’ side! Either would have been lovely; they’re not terribly different but one is slightly more green dominant and the other slightly more rust. I had lovely green buttons from Gaye at Notionally Better in stash that work beautifully with the fabric. Note that the buttons/buttonholes are placed as per the pattern; numbers three and four are meant to be closer together since they are above/below the seamline between the bodice and ‘skirt’. The bodice buttons are equidistant from one another, and so are the ‘skirt’ buttons.

Style Arc Jules woven tunic

I especially enjoyed sewing this tunic, and equally enjoyed wearing it last weekend. I think that it will work across a range of seasons depending on what is layered over/under it and whether the sleeves are rolled up or not. The sleeves have nice wide hems that will roll nicely, and the linen has that lovely ‘give’ that is characteristic of the fabric (along with those wrinkles).

Style Arc Jules woven tunic

This tunic could easily become a dress, either by just lengthening the ‘skirt’ pattern pieces or maybe by adding another tier of fabric to the bottom. I didn’t need to unbutton it to slip it on or off; there’s enough ease in the pattern for me to wriggle into it. I’ll definitely be using this pattern again.

Style Arc Jules woven tunic

24 thoughts on “Style Arc Jules Woven Tunic

  1. You really do suit the color and style. I’m seriously thinking about swapping stretchy-type tops for tunics – they are so much more flattering, stylish and comfortable. Have you seen Sarah Gunn’s website – Goodnight Valentino? She’s really into stylish tunics and even wrote a book about them. 😷💞

  2. Lara this is beautiful in all ways – colour, fabric, pattern. I really don’t need another shirt patten but I think you’ve sold on this one 🙂

  3. That fabric is to die for, and the result amazing. But if I can ask an indiscreet question, is the seam in back considerably below your waist? It seems odd to have a ruffle start so low, even though it looks good on you evidently 😊

  4. I’ve been on the fence about this tunic now for quite some time. Now that I see it on a real person whose opinions I appreciate — I’m going to get off that fence and purchase it the next time a Style Arc sale comes along.

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