I found the Liesl + Co brand through Oliver + S. When I first started sewing I would see so many cute kids clothes that were made from the Oliver + S pattern line. I have since sewn two Oliver + S patterns, the Fairy Tale dress for C, and the Art Museum Vest for L. This past fall I started dipping my toes further into garment sewing, and made two Everyday Skirts for myself. I loved making the skirts. I think it is actually the easiest PDF pattern I have ever assembled, and the skirt comes together easily and looks very tailored. The Gallery Tunic is the first top I have made for myself from the brand.
I really enjoyed sewing this top. I first made a muslin in a size 4; however it was much too big. I retraced the pattern in the size 2 and it fits much better. The shoulders and arms fit well, with out being tight. There is a pleat in the back that allows for some movement without being constricting. My fear with sewing woven shirts is always that the shoulders and arms will be too tight, and I won’t be able to move around comfortably. I’m about 5’1″, so I do a lot of reaching during the day!
I chose to sew View A, the tunic length, with the collar and long sleeves from View B. Everything came together nicely, however my placket and collar are a little stiff. In looking back over my materials, I think the interfacing I used was just slightly too heavy. Live and learn. I am hoping it will soften as I wear and wash it more.
Being relatively new to garment sewing, I am always curious about what the insides of finished pieces look like. I almost gave up sewing completely when I made a dress for my daughter a few years ago. The inside was a hot mess! I have since researched many finishing techniques, and most importantly, discovered a serger. I am pretty sure I wouldn’t be attempting a handmade wardrobe without one. Just for reference, or incase you are curious too, here is a shot of the inside of my tunic.
I sewed this with Robert Kaufman Gingham in Navy. Looking over the pictures, I realize that I forgot to add the buttons to the sleeve bands…ooops! I guess I’ll be starting February off with a little finishing work!
Pattern: Gallery Tunic by Liesl + Co
Fabric: Robert Kaufman Carolina Gingham