Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: Me Made: Floral Lawn Cheyenne Tunic

4.30.2016

Me Made: Floral Lawn Cheyenne Tunic

It's the end of Back to Basics week, and I finished everything except taking in the waist of some jeans. I'd say that's pretty good for how busy my life is! I'm finally sharing my Cheyenne tunic* that I cut out before Maggie was born and finished a couple of weeks after. I've worn it every week since. I love this shirt! 
Also, these Bermuda shorts were pants at the beginning of the week and now they are shorts. I chopped them off, rolled the hem up with the reserve side out and tacked the sides. Then I added some destroyed details which I surprisingly love wearing. I love wearing this type of shorts all summer. I need multiple in rotation and look for a tutorial coming next week!
Let's talk about the pattern. I pinned a chambray henley on pinterest years ago. When I go up the courage to want to make something similar, I couldn't find a pattern. I hacked other patterns and was never happy with the result. Eventually the Mila Shirt and the Cheyenne tunic* came out about the same time. Finally! A pattern I was looking for. The Mila has gathers above the bust which I didn't want, but it does have a collar. The Cheyenne Henley version had no gathers, but it didn't have a collar. I had a hard time deciding between the two, but eventually decided on the Cheyenne mainly for the no gathers. I wanted a really clean look that a flat front provides. I'm hoping to figure out how to add a collar on a future version.
Anyway, I love this pattern. I took a risk and didn't sew a muslin! I just trust Hey June patterns. The shirt was time consuming for all the details, but it wasn't hard to sew. I accidentally cut the front not on the fold (#pregnancybrain) and had to make it work. I sewed a tiny seam down the front and had to work with the placket a little bit to make it work. Luckily, the print is so busy that nobody can see my mistake!
I made a size small which is probably a little tight at the moment, but it still fits and will fit better in a couple of months. This is the perfect nursing shirt. I feel comfortable and slightly dressed up, but it has easy and quick nursing access. I can even tuck it into a skirt and still have nursing access.
I used some floral cotton lawn that I got during Joann's Black Friday sale last year (here's a link to a different colorway*). It's really soft and will be great on hot summer days, but I also love wearing this shirt with one of my long cardigans. I used simple white buttons that blend right in.
Just to prove that I got something new done this week, this is a tee I finished. I made a size medium Union St. Tee* and cut up a used men's tshirt. I reused the hems and the neckband making this the quickest make ever. It's already soft and broken in, and I'll wear it all summer. I love the stripes and monochromatic colors. It's a tad long, but I don't mind!
Heather

3 comments:

  1. Love the new shirts. I love taking a way too big shirt and making it work well for you. The Cheyanne Tunic is one I have been eyeballing. So thanks for the review.

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  2. I just bought the Cheyanne Tunic-I hope mine turns out as great as yours!

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