Lockdown Cheyenne Tunic

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I’ve been working from home for at least 6 months now. Through the unusually blazing heat of a British summer and now through an unusually frosty/snowy winter.

But one thing I’ve definitely come to realise is how important it is for me to look and feel presentable every single day. Comfy but still very much put together. Well put together enough that I’m not aghast when I pass a mirror!

This Cheyenne tunic by Hey June Handmade is a recent addition to my wfh wardrobe.

I actually made it initially as a long warm winter night shirt, hence the 3/4 length sleeves. It’s made from a brushed wool fabric from Fabworks, Dewsbury, from a very fortunate in inbetween lockdowns visit. (Unfortunately this fabric is not available on line). It looks very much like a posh flannel fabric and felt really cosy on the inside.

However as soon as I first lay down in bed in it I realised my mistake, the wool made me immediately itch all over! I really couldn’t stand lying there any longer than half a minute.

I was pretty gutted! It was my best half placket to date!!!

So I cut the bottom off and now, with the addition of a turtle neck underneath, is a very well loved item of day wear.

This is the same size (size M) as my previous Cheyennes but as I wanted it a bit more roomy for sleeping attire I added a pleat in the back panel. This was very fortuitous as I now need that extra room for my turtle neck!

The Cheyenne is one of my most made patterns. This is my fourth.

For a shirt pattern with no bust darts it is surprisingly shapely although my back pleat and choice of fabric has made this version a little less so.

But perfect as a layering piece.

And I NEVER get cold in it!

After a very cold but very sunny day, there’s more snow forecast for Yorkshire tonight!

Love, Lucie xx

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  1. Love this! Your last Cheyennes inspired me to make a couple from viscose challis – I agree it’s a super pattern. You look great in this new layered look Cheyenne. As I also itch if I so much as look at anything woollen, I understand your suffering! A good solution to the problem, though, and definitely another inspiring idea which is calling out to be copied!

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    1. So pleased to have inspired you. My mum has also made a few following my early ones. The wool felt lovely in my hands, but completely different against the rest of me!!

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  2. Ooh I like that. I have slobbed about in rubbish clothes during the pandemic – the total opposite to what you say you do – currently coming round to the fact that maybe (just maybe) I need to make myself more presentable at home , especially if I need to open the door to any deliveries!

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    1. I think different things work for different people. I think I just need the routine of getting ready for work without actually going to work to change my mindset. I just try to avoid anything that needs ironing. That indeed would be completely pointless!!

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      1. I agree, different things work for different people. Happy to agree on the ironing front – both husband and son are currently working at home and there is NO pile of shirts to be ironed – hurrah!

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  3. Love your Cheyennes. I have made one, but I found the placket really tricky. After some unpicking I got there, but it has put me off this pattern. Any tips as yours all look so neat?

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    1. My first one was a bit of a bodge with some use of anti fray glue!! It’s definitely a case of practice makes perfect. However now I always hand baste anything tricky or anything that is likely to move. It’s a pain but saves time in the long run.
      I now hand baste the final stages of collars and cuffs. Anything that you have to sew from the top whilst praying you are catching the fabric underneath at the same time.
      Also accuracy in cutting out is really important. Often when I’ve fused the interfacing to the collar piece I’ll compare with the pattern piece again and trim until perfect.
      Also extremely important to sew accurately with perfect seam allowance.
      Hope that helps 😀

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