Cali Faye Gardenia tunic

I do love this pattern from Cali Faye. It’s delightful, lots of detail, easy to sew, adaptable!

I cannot find line art, but here is an envelope pic:

It has a raised front, dipped back, slightly opened bracelet sleeves, just delightful.

OK, earlier makes, in a larger size since I first sewed this several years ago, here.

My latest inspiration, to make a tunic to wear over jeans and so on. It’s so cute!

Sewing notes:

  • I’m 5’7″, bust 34″ on a good day, so I sew a size Medium.
  • Long ago I took a 1/4″ dart in the neckline, each side, to thwart neckline gap on my flat chest.
  • And I moved my CB fold over 1/4″ over for the same reason. These adjustments are on my pattern pieces, which lets me cut this out without consternation.
  • And also long ago, I drew an alternate flattened front bodice to eliminate the ‘smile’ upper bodice seaming, This version has a one piece upper front bodice. That doesn’t mean I don’t like the bodice detail, because I do, but some midweight cotton/lycra jerseys don’t love it. 🙂
  • Fabric is Girl Charlee, cotton/lycra jersey, about 2.25 yd.
  • The length – well, I aimed for 29″ on the center back, plus 1.25″ for the hem allowance.

So cute!

Love this, and I’m planning a repeat in a deep grey heathered jersey. I really need warm tops, not sleeveless, for mid-winter wear. Have you adapted a dress to a tunic? Seems so logical, this was a great project.

Bye for now, Coco

3 thoughts on “Cali Faye Gardenia tunic

  1. Great idea and it looks good. I have made the Cali Faye Gardenia dress and I love it. I had to take it in at the sides a bit to give the bodice a bit more shape and I reduced the depth of the scoop neck. I made it in a Ponte Jersey which has been lovely and warm here in Scotland. I made long sleeves. I am going to make it again in a cotton/linen jersey type fabric with the 3/4 sleeves for summer. I will probably raise the neck less for the summer version. I have worn my winter one so much I need one for the summer. I will definitely have a go at a shorter version to go over jeans.

    Thanks for your brilliant blog. I love it.

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  2. Yes, that is really cute. However, it would not be “warm” for me, with that open neck. A scarf would take care of that warmth factor, but I don’t always want to wear a scarf.

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  3. Great top–changes turned out very well. I must look for this pattern. Sleeve preferences are three quarter to full length. Always have a small heater on somewhere in the house depending on what I’m doing.

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