I didn't have a pattern so I used another top to get the sizing right.
I drew round this top adding some extra fabric to create a shoulder and also allowing about 1.5cm for a seam allowance. I also flattened the neck line out at the back.
These were the pieces I had for the top part. One for the front and two for the back. Really simple to shape as I just relied on the outline of my last top.
I cut out sleeves from another pattern I had (I have never been great at doing my own sleeves - something to work on) and then set to work. Using an overlocker to bind the seams I sewed shoulder to shoulder together and then the side seams before adding the sleeves. I added a small gather to each sleeve which works really well but I actually added it in because I didn't quite measure out right and ended up with sleeves a bit bigger than the arm hole. The finished effect I am pleased with though.
I then used bias binding the edge the top.
I curved the back to create a neat edging and then finished the bias binding about half way down before closing the seam up.
Then I cut two more pieces the same size as each other. I decided on my length, added 1.5cm for seam allowance and then took my top measurement and multiplied it by 1.5.
I gathered the two pieces so the width now matched the width of the top, sewed the side seams and then overlocked the top piece and bottom piece together.
Then I just added some bias binding to divide the top a little bit and a cute button to finish the top.
I closed off my seams and I was done - here you have it.
I wore it out today and felt really comfortable in it - I plan to make a few more tunics in the next few weeks. While making this one I found a fab old pattern that used to belong to my Mum which is for some great tunics with sailor tops and some fabulous flares so I might get onto them!
Watch this space for how I continue to funk up my wardrobe! This new tunic probably cost me £1.50 as I still have half the fabric left and it cost me £3 to buy. What a bargain plus the pleasure of making it included in that price!
Do share the things you make for yourself in the next few weeks!