Last week I took part in the sew-along over on the Oliver + S forum for the Gallery Tunic. This is a pattern under the Liesl & Co pattern label and from past experience, those patterns always come together beautifully for me.
I have wanted to take part in other sew-alongs in the past but never had the chance to fit it into my schedule. Somehow, during half term week, I managed it!
I have been hoarding this Robert Kaufman chambray for a while and my intended pattern was the Grainline Archer. I think however that it lends itself really well to this soft flowing tunic. The fabric is nice and light and it was easy to sew with.
I made the alterations for a FBA as I knew I would need one. The darts do appear to be quite long (as some people have mentioned in the forum) I don't yet know whether they bother me enough to shorten the next time round.
The fit of the tunic is perfect. So perfect, I forgot I was wearing it. I wore it all day and that included travelling (hence the creases!), going out for lunch and playing with the kids. It was so comfortable!
View A has quite a relaxed feel about it as it has no collar stand. It makes for a more casual look, which is perfect for me. Sewing-wise, everything went smoothly. The instructions are clear and concise and everything is kept together, no 'turn to page ... for view b' which I often find tedious because of viewing my instructions on my tablet. I really hate having to flick through to find my relevant bit!
The more observant of you may notice that my placket is sewn on the opposite to the pattern. I must have placed my marking sheet down the wrong side up! A slight hiccup but one that really doesn't affect the finished product. I guess it just makes mine more unique! But still, next time I must do better.
Other than the bust adjustment, I only made one other alteration.
The length was where I wanted it to be and I left that alone, but the sleeves were hitting a bit short for my personal preference. (I dislike the feeling of a sleeve finishing near my elbow crease) so I only turned the hem up by 5/8 and made a narrow hem rather than the pattern recommendation of 2 1/2"
Many thanks to Brittney for hosting the sew-along, it was fun to sew the pattern in short bursts rather than keeping on going until the family started to complain of hunger pangs. I enjoyed seeing how everybody was getting along over on Instagram too. Check out the #lieslandco #gallerytunic hashtags to see the patterns in construction!