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Self Drafted Tunic

I made a tunic! This one is special because it’s my first self drafted garment pattern. Well, self drafted in the sense that I made it myself based on a tank top pattern and my favorite shirt. If you follow Lucille and I on instagram, you saw this pattern in the making, as well as a few sneak peek shots. Now it’s completed and I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself.

I bought this fabric a few months ago and never ended up using it for the project I had in mind. I took a bit of a risk using it for a tunic because, lets face it, large circular prints can be terribly unflattering if they happen to fall oddly on the chest area. Eh-hem. Uhhh… yeah. So I took extra care to try to line up the circles so they didn’t look like targets on my upper anatomical quadrant. I think I did well.

The shirt that inspired me to make this tunic has a super cute little button tab thingy to hike up the sides as seen above. I did my best to recreate it, and I love the way it turned out. I really like wearing menswear inspired button up shirts with leggings, but a lot of the shirts don’t cover your bum. This is a problem for me since I’m a modest goody two shoes and I don’t like my spandex clad bum to be out there for all to see. So I definitely added some length when tracing the original shirt.

I made my own matching bias tape with my magical auto bias tape maker, which some of you seemed to be blown away by! Honestly I still am every time I use it. I just push the start button and chuckle to myself as the magical bias tape making gnomes who live inside the contraption do their thing. It’s pretty awesome.

I don’t know why all of the fabric I’m attracted to looks like it should be the dust ruffle on an 8 year old’s bed. …whatever I guess.

I had been taking Lucille on shorter walks while her little legs were healing up after her recent “incident“, but now that she’s feeling better she’s been raring to go! Thank you again to everyone who shared sweet words of concern for her. It really helped me get through it. This fuzzy goober face is my baby and it was really hard for me to experience that with her, even though she wasn’t badly hurt. But, the whole thing is behind us now and we’re moving forward! The kid is alright.

other outfit details
shoes: modcloth (no longer on site)
hair: bedhead by forever young
tunic: self drafted. obviously.
leggings: old navy


Now, those who are participating in the Macaron Sew along are probably wondering why I made this tunic and not my muslin. And the answer is (shamfully) I don’t have my pattern yet!! I know, I know. I’m the worst co-host ever! But honestly, the reason why Sarah, Erin, and I decided on the bi-monthly/super low key schedule is for exactly reasons like this. Life happens, right?

Anyways, this new tunic pattern of mine needs a name!! Right? It totally needs a name. What should I name it??

Rochelle & Lucille

  • Waaaaaay cute! Great job, girl! I love the tab detail!

  • prttynpnk

    oh adorable! how dare you taunt us with those amazing shoes!!!

    • Thank you 🙂 The shoes are Buffalo brand and are called “On a Wing and a Pair”. You may be able to find them somewhere online! They are pretty amazing 😉

  • Hey, congrats for your first self-drafted garment 🙂 Looks great.
    Also happy Lucille is ok now 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m am very happy she’s okay too 🙂

  • Cutest tunic, absolutely love the hem tabs….and you drafted it too…very impressed, looks so fab. The shoes and fabric are a true pair….which came first .;)
    Glad all ok with lucille

    • Thank you!! The shoes came first and they just so happened to match up pretty fancily with my spiffy tunic 😉

  • Smashing tunic – and outfit! Love those shoes… and Lucille’s big smile in pic #1.

  • giusy

    beautiful tunic! why not naming it Mars landing tunic? cheers!

    • Thank you! I seriously thought about naming it the Rover tunic!! My fiance runs the website so there’s been a lot of Mars talk in our house of late 🙂

  • Sewbusylizzy

    Really sweet. Love the tunic, the shoes and of course the ever-adorable Lucille! Lucille Tunic – your other ‘first baby’!

    • Thank you, and you’re right! Lucille is the perfect name for my first baby 😉

  • Kazz

    Looks like you have decided on a name for your “”SELF DRAFTED”” Tunic! She turned out a treat, well done. I think your fabric choices are a reflection of your personalty. FUN!

  • Amanda Russell

    YAY! Congrats on making your first pattern! That’s so cool! Love the tunic on you, and I’m so glad to hear your baby is OK… those little fuzzies sure have the power to break our hearts, don’t they? 🙂

    • Thanks, Amanda! And yeah, Lucille sure is a heart breaker if I’ve ever seen one 🙂

  • Miss Crayola Creepy

    LOVE!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe you made your own pattern, that is so cool! And I love the tabs on the side, that is my favorite part. Any chance of releasing this pattern to others? Because I would totally wear that.

    And those shoes!!!!

    • Thanks, Love! My brother is an industrial illustrator so we’ve talked about trying to turn some of my smaller patterns into PDFs, and possibly garment patterns in the future. Maybe some day! I’d be more than happy to share this one with you, but I’d have to figure out the sizing and some instructions first 🙂

  • Colleen

    I love this so much that I want to copy it. Chance are slim to none that we will run into each other; chance are if we do run into each other my dog will go crazy over Lucille and we will have to run the other way. Most of all, I didn’t know there was such a contraption. I gave up on the little Clover one long ago after not being able to figure out one thing about it. I’ve just ordered an automatic (for the people)! You two look so great and color coordinated in that outfit and Lucille’s beautiful snowy coat.

    • Thank you, Colleen! Maybe some day I’ll have patterns available for download so I can share them 🙂 Lucille does have a cute little snowy coat, doesn’t she? …she’s pretty much the cutest. I can’t help but say so.

  • jessicaweese

    absolutely love the tunic. It looks both cute and comfortable – that is a win-win. Glad to here Lucille is doing better!

    • Thank you! Cute and comfy was exactly what I was going for. Lucille says thank you too 😉

  • So cute! Tunics are something I definitely don’t have the build for, but I love the way they look on everyone else 🙂

    Also, I think you should name it the Lucy Tunic 🙂

    • Thank you! I think Lucy tunic is a great name 🙂

  • sallieforrer

    Eeeeee!!! Those shoes with your tunic!!! This is a totally cute outfit. Congrats on the self-drafting! It looks beautiful! I love the little button tab detail. Also – I love your hairs, are they new? And its not particularly clever, but I think you should name the tunic “Lucille” – obviously.

    • Aww thank you so much, Sallie! And yes the hair is new 😉 I think you’re right, Lucille tunic should be the name!

  • Casey

    Love the tunic–especially the print!

  • Sassy T

    That is so adorable, I absoutely love the fabric.

  • Great tunic – and those shoes are to die for!!!!!!

  • punkmik

    This is so cute! The button tabs are a great touch! Oh I always buy fabric from the kids section. When I bought my dinosaur fabric they asked me if I was making curtains for a child and i was like “NO! I am making myself a dress!” They did look at me weird since then! lol.
    I think you should name it aftzer something that inspired you or as it is your first self drafted one, name it Lucille? Maybe too obvious a choice. 🙂

    • I would totally wear a dinosaur dress!! That’s so awesome. I think the Lucille Tunic has a nice ring to it 🙂

  • Love all your fabric, and if it belongs on an 8 year old’s bed then it’s a pretty awesome 8 year old. 🙂

  • Neeno

    I love Lucille and love seeing her pics on your Instagram, keep them coming <3
    Tunic looks fab!!!! The whole outfit is pretty spunky!!

    • Thanks! It’s a good thing Lucille doesn’t know how many fans she has or else it might get to her adorable head 😉

  • Love it! The colours really suit you and the fit is awesome (self-drafted, Yay!). Do you measure out the bias and sew it into circles first or do you bias like the arms and neck and then sew the garment together?

    • Thank you! I start with one super long strip of bias tape and sew it around the opening leaving 2 inches free at the start and end, and then cut off the extra. Then I sew the free ends together at the middle. I suppose it would be easier to measure it all out before hand, but I like having a ton extra to work with in case I miss measure 🙂 I like to do it that way since it leaves a really nice seamless finish on the inside.