I’ve been toying with the idea of making Miss E some tunic shirts since the fall. I did a pretty extensive pattern search trying to find the perfect tunic pattern, but hadn’t really hit on anything promising.
Until the end of last week. Somewhere in my searching I stumbled upon the Serendipity Blouse pattern by Sewlosophy Pattern Co. It was a pattern company I had never heard of but I loved the style of the shirt so I took a gamble and purchased the PDF pattern. It comes in sizes 2T-12years. Which is great because I can very soon make tunics for both Miss E and Miss P. It also has a sleeveless version that would be great for the summer.
In no time at all I had two sewn up. I tried it on Miss E and it fit just like I hoped it would. The tunic has a breezy casual look to it, but the shoulders and neckline are nice and tailored which makes it fit beautifully!
There really was no hitch in the pattern. At no point did I scratch my head, or pound the desk in frustration, or pull the seam-ripper from it’s case. The directions were so clear at every point and the photos left nothing to guess at.
Miss E typically likes her clothing to be very girly and I wasn’t sure how she would like this slightly boxy tunic pattern. So I hedged my bets and made them out of very feminine, whimsical fabric.
Both prints are from Heather Ross’ Far, Far Away II line. I was delighted to find them in our local fabric store (which doesn’t typically carry brand new fabric lines by hip well-known fabric designers).
My favorite little detail (and the part that sold me on the pattern) was the little shoulder button flap. It complimented the style of the tunic so well.
If there was a tricky part to the pattern (and I’m not saying there is), the shoulder buttons would be it. But really the directions are so clear, that even that part went together without any trouble. Sometimes, I find that I run into trouble when I am adding buttons to a small area. If there are any bulky seams nearby it can really jam up my buttonhole maker. Happily that didn’t happen. The space for the buttonholes was wide enough even for my finicky buttonhole maker.
And here is Miss E wearing one of her Serendipity Blouses. I hastily snapped this photo as she was headed out the door for school. I’m trying to be better about including pictures of the girls actually wearing the clothes that I have made them. When I am pattern shopping I always pay very close attention to how a pattern fits. Any garment can look darling on a hanger, the proof is in the way it wears.
I’d love to make Miss E a few more. I keep picturing a summer tunic made up in white linen with subtle lace accents, or a small Liberty of London floral print. I’ve also thought about turning it into a longer dress version, something she could wear with leggings or tights.
In other words… you might be seeing a lot more of this pattern