I’ve had this Liesel + Co Gallery Tunic since Christmas. It was my present from my brother Jamie, although it wasn’t hand picked by him, I kind of bought it for myself, as I know he finds buying present for me tricky. This is one I’m very happy with!
Ironically I then lent it to my friend, Sara and she made it first. We’re pretty much the same size and have similar taste and are just looking at doing more pattern sharing. She made it up in a dark blue chambray with orange imitation ‘jeans’ topstitch and got lots of compliments. After I saw hers I knew I had to get my skates on and make mine.
Initially I was tempted to make it a black and white gingham, the same as the envelope photo, but I found a pretty white and blue craft cotton in Abakhan for £3.99 a meter. I love gingham and it’s massively on trend this summer, but I already have skirt and shirt in black and white gingham – both charity shop finds, so thought a change would be good!
When I first took up dressmaking again, I made a shirt dress, but based on sewing time, since having the kids, I haven’t tackled anything with a collar since. This project offered the perfect challenge as it also included a placket, which was a first for me. I went for the shirt option as I know it will definitely get worn.
The instructions were really easy to follow and gave lots of extra detail, including hints and tips as you sewed and also split each stage really clearly. As I grab time for sewing on early morning weekend and after the kids go to bed, this made it easy to breakdown the pattern into bite sized chunks.
I loved sewing the collar which was finished with a slip stitch on the underside. The neat placket and box pleat in the back of the shirt were very satisfying to sew. I lengthened the box pleat in the back by around 4 cm and also took around 4 cm off the hem. Ironically them hem was the trickiest part to sew, due to the curve, but the bias helped.
All in all I’m pretty chuffed with it. It’s super wearable, suits my style and was a snip at around eight pounds worth of fabric. Definitely on the list to make again.