Hippy Linen Tunic

Ottobre Tunic - linen/cotton
Ottobre Tunic – linen/cotton

Tunics generally aren’t my thing….they’re a little too….maternity circa 1985 for my taste. At least that is how I feel about them on my body. I have boobs. Anything without darts or shaping goes to the boobs, and tents out from there. My waist is still a good 10 inches smaller than my bust, at least, and I don’t like swimming in my clothes.

front linen cotton tunic
front linen cotton tunic

That aside, it has been Phoenix-level-hot in Oregon this summer, and this linen/cotton blend was a steal at <$5 a yard, so tunic it is.

Ottobre Woman 5/2013
Ottobre Woman 5/2013

I used an Ottobre pattern from 2013.

Ottobre 2013 Women's Tunic
Ottobre 2013 Women’s Tunic

I made it a bit more complicated than the pattern calls for…

Ottobre Tunic Destructions
Ottobre Tunic Destructions

I opted to not have a contrast fabric, but instead split the front placket and cut each side on the opposing bias.

Derp Face
Derp Face

I also opted to split and bias the yoke. It does have a self-enclosed yoke, so that’s nice. Like a dork, I split and biased the inside too – I got so focused on doing it, I added work for myself. lol. Ain’t that how it goes. I French seamed the sleeve insets, decided I didn’t like how it futzed with the gathers, etc., so just pinked the remaining side seams. It’s hardly noticeable – the futzing of the gathers, esp since it’s a casual, wrinkly shirt, but I notice it.

Split and Biased Yoke
Split and Biased Yoke

It has one of those bias-tape plackets on the sleeves – and the cuffs are so wide, it’s really just décor. I don’t unbutton to put it on – could have skipped the button hole!

sleeve button
sleeve button

Autofocus fail but you get the idea.

Anywho, I wear it all the time. It’s super comfy and yummy. I wish it was a dress. Almost. A big muu-muu dress. I don’t love wearing it out of the house – it’s kinda frumpy…but comfy. I think I need to use this fabric in a more fitted version. Of course this was an end-of-bolt clearance, but I love the linen-cotton blend. It’s dreamy – even on our 90-100 degree days, it’s been dreamy. At just around 2 yards, so $10, not bad. Not bad at all.

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