Cheyenne Tunic

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Yes, it’s another blouse. Another blouse, but a new to me pattern. The Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June. I cannot tell you how much I love this!

In my quest to fill my wardrobe with beautiful blouses that give me a lift as I dress for work each morning, this one is right up there.

You’ll probably recognise the fabric as another from Atelier Brunette. I purchased it from Minerva. With my 2m I have just enough left for an Ogden Cami

However unlike my last make in Atelier Brunette viscose crepe, this viscose challis creases a whole lot less, something I will bear in mind in the future.

I made the 3/4 sleeve version with the option of a turn up tag and grandad collar.

This blouse fits like a glove. With no adjustments to the size M this manages to be a slim fitting shirt even without any bust darts. It sits perfectly on my shoulders. There is plenty of room across my back and my arm movement is unrestricted which is amazing considering and there was very little ease that had to be eased into the armsyce.

With this in mind I’ve come to the decision that I’ll probably not be sewing up any more Sew Over It blouse patterns. My last 4 blouse/dress patterns from Hey June, P & M Patterns, Half Moon Atelier and Simplicity have all sewn up based on my bust measurement with no need for any of the adjustments (forward shoulder/round back/broad back) I needed with the SOI Ultimate shirt or the adjustments I wish I’d made to the Pussy Bow Blouse.

I know SOI patterns suit huge numbers of sewers, just not me. Or not without the knowledge that I’ll need to spend some time on fit and I’m too impatient for that!

Don’t you just love these buttons? I picked them up from Duttons for Buttons in Harrogate. It just goes to show it is so worth putting in the effort to chose the right buttons.

There are french seams throughout, including the sleeve/armsyce seam.

Being a ‘pop over’ shirt it was my first half placket. It was a little fiddly but I’m very pleased with the result and something I would definitely attempt again.

So I think that’s all I have to tell you. Except that I’m going to try and hack it and add a pussy bow to my next one.

See – I’m laughing!!

Love, Lucie xx

15 comments

  1. It looks gorgeous. I love it. Love the fabric too. I’m so surprised about the fit after your last sojourn doing all those alterations- which worked. So pleased for you that this fits so well. Alterations is the thing that puts me off sewing. They’re so time consuming and it’s so disappointing when things don’t fit. Did you toile this top first?

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    1. No, no toile. I just read loads of reviews and compared the finished measurements to some of my ready to wear shirts and took a chance! I think I would toile a closer fitting shirt, but thought I would get away with this one. And I’ve learnt to size up, rather than size down on shirts.

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  2. Absolutely lovely and will look great as an Ogden as well. (I just checked the fabric requirements on the TB site for the Ogden cami btw and it says 2 yds/1.8 metres – that can’t be right, surely?)

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  3. Lovely. I’ve not attempted the SOIs for the simple reason I don’t think I’m up to the adjustments you’ve made in the past. Like you I work in an office on the computer a lot so pretty sure I’ll have similar issues to you! Perhaps it’s because I’m a similar age to you and I do feel that some of the patterns might make me look like mutton dressed as lamb.

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    1. Luckily there is so much choice out there but it takes a few trials to work out what does not work! I think I came across SOI first because they’ve been around for a while and are really good at promotion so that was why I started with them. It’s just a shame I joined their pdf club!!! I think as we age our bodies definitely change depending what we have spent the last 20 years doing.😉
      I love the French pattern designers. It seams they do stylish 40plus patterns better than we can!

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