Tunic tops have become my go-to for the weekends, sporadically on casual Fridays at work and especially on vacation. I've come to really like the overall simple style, which I feel exudes comfort, flirty fun and versatile with jeans, legging or worn solo with stockings.. daring but oh so doable.
In come, New Look 6323: Misses tunic with a crew neck with short or long sleeves, or v-neck with 3/4 sleeves. Also included in the envelope is pull on leggings with elastic waist.
3 easy patterns pieces and with that, made version D, but tweaked the neckline for a scoop neck and sleeves from Version B.
I made two tunics in 2014 for my November vacation and let me tell you they were perfect for Atlanta temps. The first one I used a beige/creme printed double knit for the body and sweater knit for the sleeves. Cut a medium, but once it was constructed it was too big at the neckline and torso. With that I removed 1/4" from each side seam and added darts at the back neckline. 1/2" wasn't enough and serged off another 1/4" from each side seam, thereby making it a better fit. The length was perfect for my 5'3" height. The neckline, sleeves and hemline were pressed to the inside and final stitched.
For the second tunic, I used a tweedy knit and pleather for the sleeves and tweaked the pattern pieces. I cut a small for the neckline, shoulders & body, but kept the medium for the armholes and because I was short on fabric shortened it. Like the first one, all the seams were serged and used the same process for finishing the neckline, sleeves and hemline. The finished measurements for the bust for a small is 35" and I am a 40" and found the pattern ran big in that area. So thinking that they failed to mention ease above finished measurements.
Despite all that, they work well for weekend wear and with easy & effortless Fridays have rocked the tweedy one on Casual Friday. Seriously, the question begs, is it a top or a mini dress, whatever the case, I have gone so far as to be daring and worn it as a dress with spandex shorts and stockings... it totally felt flirty, fun and honestly @ 50+ life is all about what one wants not what others thinks.