It's all Heart - WBM

 The Heart Tunic - a pattern by Wardrobe By Me

I love to make shirts and this one appealed immensely. I bought a Tunic Kurta from South East Asia Collection in Norwich a few years ago and it's the comfiest thing ever for covering up in hot weather. (Totally worth a visit if you're in the area!)

The Heart Tunic popped up on my radar and it instantly drew me in as it looked just like my 'real' Indian version.

A chance to recreate a well-worn favourite - definitely worth a shot!

In addition to being a lovely shirt pattern, it was the chance to do a sew-along with The Willowers (my IRL Thursday sewing group who I have not seen for many many months now). We all selected different materials and styles and made our Heart Tunics over the course of June. It felt nice to be close to the sewing ladies again even just virtually by way of a shared make.

I went for the basic version View A that has no cuffs, but a sleeve you can roll and button up. It's hip length with side slits and a box pleat at the back yoke for easy-breezy fit. 

This is a size 16/18 and fit was spot-on for my liking. It pools a tiny bit at the back but who cares.  It fits across my back which is where I have most issues with shirts.

This fabric is 'linen look' cotton-viscose mix from SewAnonymous and the quality is lovely. The natural fibers made this a good choice for warm weather! (If we ever get more than 5 minutes of it). The black contrast is some scraps of Flow Viscose-Linen from Lamazi used on some other projects.

My favourite bit of this shirt are these hidden tabs which live on the inside of the sleeve, ready and waiting to flip out when you roll your sleeves up!
This was my second ever attempt at a placket neckline. The first being about 7 years ago which put me off for life. With a bit more experience under the belt, this one was still tricky (it took me 2 attempts) but got there in the end! 

There is also a FULL VIDEO of how to construct this tunic on Youtube which I discovered on attempt number 2 of doing the placket!

As with all Wardrobe By Me patterns, the drafting, instructions and guidance were immaculate so there's not many places to go wrong with this. 

There's this version of the pattern with bust darts, but also a 'Men's' version of this pattern too. Interestingly just called 'Tunic' not 'Heart Tunic'. 

I loved seeing how differently one pattern came out  when made by several people with differing styles!


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