WIWW {Late Lunch Tunic Style + Pattern Review}

Last Fall {which sounds like SO long ago}, Liesel of Oliver + S children’s patterns released a line of women’s patterns under the name Lisel + Co. I’ve sewn several pieces from Oliver + S patterns and I have never been disappointed with the finished garment. While they are not the *easiest* patterns out there, they do create a beautifully finished lasting garment that features techniques and details you’d find in high-end clothing. I think I’ve learned something new with each Oliver + S pattern I’ve sewn from.

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Late-Lunch-Tunic-Shoe {Practicing my WIWW poses … the “look at the ground” & the “oops, what did I step  in?”
poses are two that seem very popular. I need all the help I can get!}

So … it wasn’t a matter of if I’d sew something for myself from the new Liesel + Co. line, but which pattern and when. I settled on the Late Lunch Tunic {after seeing several cute fabric options in Liesel’s blog post} hoping it would carry me from Fall to Spring depending on the fabric used. I loved the loose fit and the potential to wear with skinnies/leggings and boots.

After wrapping up my shop & Christmas sewing, this was at the top of my “want to sew” list. One Saturday later … with several breaks for “real life” happenings … I had a new top!

{Confession: I know you are ‘supposed’ to create a muslin before you cut into your good fabric, but I just can’t do it. I don’t have the patience to create something two times in a row. Instead, I just hold my breath and cut into the good stuff.}

I chose a red/gray/mustard plaid flannel {Crimson} from Robert Kaufman‘s Mammoth Flannel line. I figured it would be perfectly cozy for fall & winter.

According to my measurements and the pattern, I was between a sz. 4 and sz. 6. I went ahead with the sz 6 as I also did not pre-wash my flannel {why do you even read this blog?!?}.

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You create the top of the tunic first which allows you to do a few modifications if needed before you attach the ‘skirt’ of the tunic. I feel like overall the top fit great on me. Due to the unique design/attachment of the sleeves, you need a little extra room in the chest/bust to be able to comfortably raise your arms. Next time, I’ll extend the front panel of the tunic/sleeves an 1″ or 1.5″ so that it hits under my bust line instead of across the bottom. Bust adjustment instructions are also included for the best fit.

Late-Lunch-Tunic-Back

After attaching the “skirt” to the top of the tunic, I felt like it was bit billowy {read – I looked way too  much like I was expecting} so I took the sides in a bit. I didn’t want to have to rip out the entire skirt, so I decided to start from the hem of the “skirt” and taper up to the arm pit seam. I ended up going 1.5″ in on both sides which made the tunic lay a little straighter. I decided to finish the hem of the tunic with a simple serged edge. I liked the look of it and I knew it would lay better than a folded hem. I did cut off about 2″ from the hem to get the length that I liked best.

Other than those few changes, I was highly impressed at that great fit. Rarely do I have a top fit straight from the pattern!

Late-Lunch-Tunic-Full

tunic – ME! / waffle-knit tee – GAP Outlet / jeggings – NUE/Dillard’s / boot cuffs – Handmade Gift / boots – FRYE Paige

I layered the tunic over a waffle-knit long sleeve tee, added jeggings {leggings with pockets = jeggings, yes?} and my new {thanks to my Sweets} boots. I still go back and forth from loving the flannel print to feeling like I’m wearing a 70’s house coat, but mostly it’s all love.

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COS {change-of-subject} – I wear a simple pair of silver hoops 24/7 365. I never take them out. I’ve tried to be a cute-sy earring wearer and it just doesn’t feel good/right/necessary. BUT … on impulse I added a pair of earring to my recent order from Hannah {Wifey Singer} and I may be a changed woman. First they are ubber cute and looked great with the tunic, second, they make me look a little more put together even when I’m sporting a pony tail and third, they are SO light they didn’t hurt my ears a bit. In fact, the bigger pain was getting my silver hoops hooked back in. Hannah, I’m coming back for more … I need a rainbow of earrings!!

Late-Lunch-Tunic-Silly Thanks Seester for taking pictures for me! MWAH!

I can’t wait to make another one in linen {which I will pre-wash, okay … stop bossing me around}.

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy’s WIWW

Comments

  1. Amanda says:

    Cute outfit! And of course the last photo is my favorite!

  2. Mrs BMG says:

    That tunic is awesome. Wish I sewed more with patterns!

  3. kellym76 says:

    I have those same earrings! They’re my most favorite! I’m waiting for her to open again so I can stock up!
    The top is so great! I really like it. The pictures are the best part though. I think you knew I was going to say that 😉

  4. Jessica Taddicken says:

    You are adorable and talented… I have the rainbow ones from Hannah! She threw them in my Christmas shopping package! Just love love love the tunic!

  5. Corinne C says:

    Snoowwww! Very jealous. The tunic looks lovely! I could never ever do something like that =) I love the pattern of the fabric too!

    Corinne x
    http://www.skinnedcartree.com

  6. Sandy Cardon says:

    LOVE that tunic! It is just beautiful!

  7. Devin says:

    Great outfit! I really need to get myself some of those cute knit socks to go under my boots, love them!
    Devin
    http://www.saltandpeppermoms.blogspot.com

  8. Love the tunic. Very cutely styled and not housecoat-ish at all. And I like that you’re branching out into the world of fun earrings- my most favorite accessory 😉

  9. tia_cherie says:

    I love this so much. The colours are gorgeous together
    and it is an amazing print. These pictures are really beautiful.

    http://tia-cherie.blogspot.com

  10. This tunic is adorable! I need to check out those patterns!

  11. lovely on you and I love the fabric. I also love your sweet honest style. Sew-on!

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