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.


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?!?}.


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.


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!


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.


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


  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

  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!

  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.


  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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