I'm alway looking for simple tunic length tops that I can wear over jeans, so when Gina spotted the Urban Tunic pattern from Indygo Junction, she knew it would be right up my alley. I really like the a-line shape and the option to make a cowl or boatneck.
I did make a few changes to the style and construction. I made this up while we were away at the coast for our staff retreat, so I had a real brain trust to help me perfect this tunic.
- I used bias tape to finish the armholes rather than the facing pieces provided in the pattern. We talked this over and decided that not only are facings fiddly to sew, they don't wear well. They're always flopping around or peeking out where they shouldn't be.
- Pockets are included in the pattern, but I left them off. I thought that I wouldn't like the look of them, but I think will eventually add them back in. You could have a lot of fun playing with different pockets - in-seam, patch, Hannah suggested kangaroo/sweatshirt pocket which would be really cute.
- I lengthened the cowl by about 10" to make a collar with more volume and drape.
The suggested yardage was generous - even with my lengthened cowl piece, I was able to get the whole dress out of a quarter yard less than the recommend cut.
The fabric is 1" gingham from Robert Kaufman. We have it in a few different colors and scales. It's a perfect weight for all sorts of garments. A customer came in the other day with this same pattern made up in flannel for a cozy winter layering piece. It would be beautiful in one of the light-weight wool we've been getting in.
If you've been looking for a versatile, all season pattern, the Urban Tunic just might be what you need. We'd love to help you think through your modifications next time you're in the store!