The Weekender Tunic by 5 out of 4 Patterns:

Hi readers, Chris here, excited to share the Weekender Tunic by 5 out of 4 Patterns with you!  

After working hard in 2017 to transform my body, I now desperately need to transform my wardrobe for 2018!  Previously, I felt dropped shoulder and dolman sleeve tops weren’t flattering on my shape, but when looking through 5 out of 4’s website, I was inspired to try again, and I’m glad that I did!  

The Weekender pattern has so many options!  It has short or long sleeves (in loose or skinny) that can be hemmed, rolled or finished with thumb hole cuffs.  There’s a hood, funnel neck, crew neck, scoop neck or lace up placket, and cut lines for a regular, high-low or banded hem.  I chose the scoop neck, skinny hemmed sleeves and regular hem.  I took some length out of both because I’m barely 5’4”, and graded the hips because mine fell in a smaller size than my bust.  I used a super soft rayon spandex floral from So Sew English fabrics, and I love how it drapes.  I feel that the look is polished, but it’s as comfortable as pajamas!  

The only trouble I had making my tunic was finishing the neckline.  The crew and scoop necks both call for turning the neckline under and then topstitching, but I had some trouble making that work neatly, so I decided to experiment with creating my own facing.  I traced the front and back necklines of each pattern piece and created a one-inch wide facing.  I sewed the bodice pieces together at the shoulders and did the same with my facing pieces.  Then I sewed the facing to the neckline right sides together, folded it around to the inside, ironed, and topstitched.  I’m pleased with how it looks, as I was able to have the same “clean” neckline the pattern has, without stressing over turning it under evenly.  

I’m looking forward to experimenting with more of the Weekender’s many options to expand my wardrobe a bit more.  I hope you’ve been inspired to try something new, too!