Written by Emily from Lady and the Gents.
I sew a lot. My kiddos get shirts, and pants, and dresses, and pj's, and sometimes even toys! I often get left in the dust because after everything is done there is never much time to think about sewing myself something.
Today, that changes!
After doing some looking around, I knew I wanted a tunic of some sort, with a longer sleeve, and lots of options if possible. The Ballard Tunic from Straight Stitch Designs fit the bill!
The Ballard is a great top pattern that includes a gathered scoop neck, 3/4 sleeves with cuffs, banded hem, and tons of options for the back such as open or full closed back, among many others.
The size range runs from 0-18. Definitely go by your bust measurements on this one. I was all over the chart, but went by my bust measurement and it worked out well for me.
I wanted a simple everyday tunic, so I decided on a full closed back top with no band.
The instructions for this pattern are clear and concise. The line drawings are very easy to follow.
I am happy with how my tunic turned out. I will definitely be trying another in a different kind of fabric. The fabric I used was a heavier weight knit with no drape. I would love to sew this up in a fabric that hangs nicely to get a totally different look.
This top is very comfortable and so versatile! It will get a ton of use this fall! If you make one please share it with me on facebook or instagram @ladyandthegents.