Handmade Wardrobe 2016: Gallery Tunic


I am happy to report that project #1 in Operation Handmade Wardrobe 2016 (original title, huh) is complete.

Last week I participated in the Liesl & Co. sew-along for the Gallery Tunic and Dress Pattern, and it was a success. This was my first time sewing this pattern and I chose the collared tunic version (Version A), made with a lightweight stretch shirting fabric I purchased at Joanns.


The shirt has a placket front with pleat detail, and an inverted pleat in the back. It’s a relaxed fit that pulls on, without the need for any button or zipper closures.

I sewed the tunic in a size 6 graded to a size 10 through the hips based on the pattern size chart. The grading was the only pattern modification I made.  Based on the relaxed fit and a-line shape of the tunic, I may not have needed to grade out so much at the hips, but I am pleased with the fit nonetheless.


The fit of this tunic is spot on for me through the shoulders and chest.  I did not make a muslin before cutting into this fabric so I was holding my breath in anticipation when I first tried it on.  Knowing the fit is so great through the shoulders gives me plenty of ideas for using this pattern as a jumping off point for different variations. I’m already envisioning a shorter blouse-length in a crisp white, to be worn tucked in (or a half-tuck) for a more dressy look. I am also looking forward to making the dress version.


I paid particular attention to the fabric layout when cutting my pattern pieces, and I am giving myself a big round of applause for pattern matching throughout — some instances, perhaps, more luck than skill!

I have to admit I really liked this fabric print when I first saw it, but the longer I sewed with it, the more I started to doubt my selection. Is it too busy? I think it will be a fun piece for my spring/summer wardrobe, and I can always mute it a bit by layering a lightweight navy blue cardigan over it. Add some white jeans … (and by the way, who makes good white jeans, as in thick enough not to be embarrassing. Or are white jeans a no-no once you hit a certain age? Thoughts?)


For now I should be concentrating on sewing for Kids Clothes Week, but I already have fabric and a sewing pattern selected for my next Handmade Wardrobe 2016 project, so we’ll see how much kid’s sewing gets done this week.

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11 thoughts on “Handmade Wardrobe 2016: Gallery Tunic

  1. WOW! You have done a beautiful job on the tunic. The choice of fabric & your pattern matching pf the fabric is spot on. The extra effort you put into the matching shows. The tunic fits you perfectly & looks so crisp yet casual.

    Kudos to you!

    Linda A
    Ontario, Canada

    • Kristi, Thank you! When I brought the fabric up to the cutting counter, even the cutting clerk was amazed. Let’s hope it holds up! I’ve been impressed with some recent finds at Joanns, especially in the knits section. Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. This is beautiful and I definitely think it fits you so well. It is bright and cheery. Just perfect for the spring wardrobe.

  4. I just stumbled onto your blog. You make some really lovely items! I made a simple tank (the Cali Faye Basics tank) in this same fabric. Isn’t it great that Joann’s has more fabric options now beyond just quilting cottons?!?

    • Thank you for visiting, Sarah! I agree it’s great to have much better options at Joann’s. It is pretty much my only “local” shop for fabrics. I hope you like your CF tank!

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