There's a whole background to tunics, for me anyway. Jennifer Paganelli, fabric designer and sewer/crafter/artist extraordinaire always wears darling tunics at Quilt Market to show off her fabrics. I have threatened many times to make one, but hadn't found a suitable pattern. On the left is what I had so far (chuckle, chuckle).
On a side note, I met the owners, Kim and Chris of You Can Make This at the Mom2.0 Summit that I attended in February. Their website sells downloadable patterns for sewing, quilting and knitting. (And probably some other things, but I only cared about the sewing. :-) ) So I was pursuing their site last week thinking about how I need to direct you over there because they have such cute stuff.
So are you ready for how all this fits together? Jennifer Paganelli and Carla Crim created a pattern for Jennifer's tunic and it is downloadable at You Can Make This.
I just bought the Patricia tunic and I'm going back to buy the children's Sophie tunic. I promise not to dress my daughter like me-- maybe. Anyway, the pattern is a downloadable pdf file and you print out the appropriate size of the pattern pieces and tape them together. The instructions include great drawings and full color pictures.
What I loved about this tunic is that it is just made for coordinating fabrics. Of course, Jennifer's Flower Power would be perfect, as would any of the coordinating quilting collections. I've always personally coveted one out of Alexander Henry fabric. And can you imagine one from Lantern Bloom?
So this pattern is quite fortuitous, as it saves you from the sleeveless monstrosity I was working on!