Who doesn’t love the fashion trend over the past year of longer shirts, tunics, sweater dresses, OH MY?! I have a couple RTW sweater tunics that I love to wear with skinny jeans, leggings or with dress pants for work. So when I was asked by Jessica over at 5 Out Of 4 Patterns to test her women’s Weekender Tunic I jumped at the chance!
This pattern is such a quick sew that I was able to sew up 3 tunics during the week of testing! This is a dropped shoulder, tunic length top that has many options to suit your needs. And while the designer recommends using a light to medium weight sweater knit, this is going to my new knit stash buster! The clean, easy lines lines of this pattern will lend itself nicely to other knit fabrics like french terry, jersey knit, drapey stretch rayon fabric…oh…the endless possibilities! Too bad I cannot quit my day job and sew all day!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the pattern as a tester, but all opinions and pattern hacks are my own!
Pattern: Women’s Weekender Tunic
One of many reasons I enjoy working with 5oo4 Patterns is all of the options that are included with her patterns. In this pattern there are 6 different options for the neck: crew neck, crew neck with a lace up placket, scoop neck, hood, hood with lace up placket and funnel neck.
There are long or short sleeves, slim or regular fit sleeves and 3 different options for finishing the sleeve hem. And last, but not least is a straight hem or hi-low hem.
Size: Her patterns range from XXS to 3XL. My measurements are bust 45″, waist 36.5″ and hips 46″. According to her size chart this would put me in a 2XL bust, L waist and XL hips. Since my high bust is 41″ and falls into the size L range, I would normally choose a L and do a FBA and grade the hips out to an XL. Since this pattern has a lot of ease I choose to sew up a L with no adjustments. This worked out well with plenty of room in the bust and hips.
Fabric: The suggested fabric is a sweater knit with 25% stretch. During testing I used a sweater knit that looked and behaved more like a jersey knit (red sweater tunic), a looser weave acrylic sweater knit (chevron) that drapes nicely and a heather gray hacci sweater knit that is lightweight and drapes beautifully.
Construction: This is one of the easier patterns to sew and is a great option for beginners who are just starting out with knits. The tutorial is very comprehensive and easy to follow with quick links within the tutorial to take you to the page you need.
She discusses a traditional turned hem on the sleeves versus a rolled hem as pictured below.
Overall: I am very pleased with the versatility of this pattern and already know that this is a going to become a staple pattern for me. This style fits very well with my lifestyle: loose and comfortable for the around the house and dressy and professional for work. I like the fit of the drop sleeves lending itself to a more subtle dolman style pattern with minimal “bat wings”. The sleeveless version will be great for early spring and summer in a very loose open weave sweater knit layered over a tank, possibly even the Versatility tank. I wore the gray short sleeve sweater today on this gorgeous 70 degrees in February and next week when we are back down to the low 40’s I will wear a long sleeve shirt underneath for added warmth.
In regards to fit, there is so much ease in this pattern that I did not have to do a FBA (I normally do a 1.5″ FBA) or grade out in the hips. This makes it a little bit harder for a beginner to decide which size to select if their measurements are all over the place like mine are (2XL bust, L waist and XL hips). However, when sewing up a new pattern, I plan on making a muslin and adjust the pattern to fit my body!
Future Pattern hacks:
- French Terry for a beach cover-up or post-work out
- Lengthen about 4 inches and use a jersey knit for a comfy nighshirt
- Crossover funnel neck with chunky buttons