Monday, January 30, 2017

Love Notions Terra Tunic

Love Notions has just released a new pattern... the Terra Tunic.*

I took a little bit of a break from sewing after Christmas, but this pattern was just what I needed to get reunited with my sewing mojo. 

I'm so happy that I sewed this up!

Honestly, I'm a sucker for a tunic. I have a long torso and store bought shirts are rarely long enough unless they are a tunic. I've even been known to wear mini dresses as long shirts. This is just another reason why I love sewing: I can make things that fit me instead of struggling with limited options in stores. 

There are quite a few tunics and long shirts on the sewing market already, but check out the options in this pattern:

First of all, there are five different neckline options:

-Scoop Neck
-V-Neck Hood

There are also optional elbow patches and welt pockets. The designer even includes a video tutorial for the welt pockets. Love Notions always has excellent instructions included in her patterns, but the video tutorial is a nice bonus! 

I chose to sew the asymmetrical neckline, because I don't have anything else like it in my closet. I like variety. 

Isn't that a fun neckline? The buttons are optional, but I'm glad I added them. They add a nice weight to the collar and I just like wood buttons. 

My dad says that raisins go with everything. Maybe I'll start saying that wood buttons go with everything. (Hi dad! I'm sure you are reading this. Happy birthday by the way!)

Can we talk about that fabric for a second? It's a medium weight sweater knit from So Sew English. It's so soft. It was easy to sew with, which was a nice surprise because if you have sewn with sweater knits before, you know how nasty they can be sometimes. This particular one was a piece of cake to sew and the weight is perfect. 

I can never go back to store bought clothes after being spoiled with these nice fabrics. I took my daughter clothes shopping last week and I cringed feeling how thin some of the fabrics were. But I didn't have much choice. It was either buy them or wait until I have time to sew for her, which would have meant she would have to go naked until I got around it to it. I bought her the clothes. 

So Sew English has a Facebook page here and their online store is here. You will want to join the Facebook group to see when they have their store stockings and to follow for other store information. 

I didn't make any modifications to this tunic except for adding one inch in length at the waistline. The fit is wonderful. For those who care about good drafting, the sleeves were not cut on the fold and the testing was very thorough on the fit overall. 

The bustline, waistline, and hip line are all marked which makes it easy to alter the pattern should you need to. In addition to the size chart, there is also a finished measurement chart. 

The tunic has a deep (2.5") split hem, with the back being longer than the front. 

I do want to take a minute to brag about my stripe matching on the side seam. Check this out, the seam is almost invisible. High five to me! (Seriously, this doesn't always happen, so I'm going to take advantage this time and be a show off.)

Boom, stripe matching like a boss! 

The Terra Tunic is is currently on sale for 20% here.* 

Be sure to check out the link above to see all the pictures of the other necklines! I think I want to try a boatneck next. 

For more inspiration, check out more blog posts: 

Mac styled her funnel neck tunic with a vest, which I never would have thought of doing, but is completely adorable. Her blog is found here. 

Kimberly made a beautiful striped boatneck, found here.  

And check out Stacey's hooded version here: I seriously need a hooded one too. Thankfully I have my sewing mojo back so maybe I will knock out a few more Terra Tunics soon and try more options. 

*There are affiliate links in my post. I receive a small compensation for any purchase you make using an affiliate link. I have a sewing addiction, so I greatly appreciate it. All opinions are my own and I do not promote a pattern I do not love.


  1. When you sew with raisins, however, the thread cuts them in half, both ruining the garment and the raisin. But they are a nice addition to anything else.

    1. Haha, I'm not the one that says raisins go with everything!