Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Gallery Tunic Sewalong

Liesl + Co. Gallery Tunic + Dress sew-along

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!


  1. It looks great on you Katy. After I saw yours I saw another with a dart and she mentioned that when she was marking the dart she neglected to take into account the pleat, which is what made the darts end up so long. They do give such a nice fit - I think they are key to keeping the shirt looking neat on the well-endowed (like me). More and more tempted to get this pattern.

    1. This would suit you, you should try it! I am very happy with the fit and would like a couple in a basic white or black.

  2. Looks great on you, love the fabric!

    1. Thank you Rachel! I am glad I managed to join in, it gave me a push to use the pattern, which had been sitting in my to-do pile for a couple of months!

  3. This looks great on you!!! I think FBAs can result in a dart that hits AT the apex (ahem, I guess we don't like the word "nipple" in sewing) instead of 3/4" back as it should. I would just shorten the dart a hair. Same width at the side seam, but redraw so that the points hits further back. That said, I didn't notice it until you pointed out, so maybe you're right - no big deal! I love this fabric, and this looks like the perfect Spring/Autumn transitional tunic!

    1. Thanks Inder!
      I won't get around to another one for a while but at least it is a quick fix next time!

  4. I absolutely love your tunic!!


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