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Ready for Warm Weather?

The Ola Tunic

Ready for Warm Weather

I love to do garment sewing this time of year.  The weather starts feeling warmer and I get in the mood to find some linen or gauze and sew up some breezy clothing.

I ordered some luscious linen from

Specifically, I chose

IL019 MOONFLOWER FS Signature Finish – 100% Linen – Middle (5.3 oz/yd2)

Moonflower linen

The signature finish is especially wonderful.  Here is the company description of the process:

Our FS Signature Finish was developed exclusively for us using a special “Hot Wash” process that makes this linen super soft with a comfy, classic look you’ll love at first sight. As a Bonus, this process removes almost all of the initial shrinkage(<3%), giving you more fabric to get your projects done. This finish, which requires manual human efforts, makes the linen as soft as butter. Yep, 100% linen that feels and drapes and sews as no linen you have ever encountered.

For my pattern I chose the Ola Tunic from Tessuti Fabrics.

This was a digital download which cost $14 Australian dollars which comes out to $9.31 in US dollars.  Always a good thing when the exchange rate runs in our favor.  I just printed it out on my home printer and scotch taped it together.  I rolled the pattern up and saved it in a tube box when I was done.  I’ll definitely be making this again.

Ola Tunic

This is the easiest pattern imaginable. There are three versions but I chose the simplest one pictured in the line drawing below.

Ola tunic line drawing

I did cut out a patch pocket to sew on mine but didn’t get it done yet.  I will definitely do that since I always feel a little out of sorts without a pocket.  We had beautiful weather today and they predict rain tomorrow.  We wanted to get out for the photo shoot without delay!

Another reason to get out of the apartment was the incessant noise from the workers re-pointing the brinks right outside our windows.  It was like being at the dentist – yuk!

ready for warmer weather

This is super comfortable.  I’m a size 14 and cut out the XL size just to make sure it would fit.  I could probably have gotten away with cutting it smaller but I tend to like things roomy.

ready for warmer weather

The only adjustments I made were to stitch the shoulder seams about 3/4 inch deeper in order to make the neck opening smaller.  I also shortened the sleeves an inch.  I left the length as is.  I am 5′ 4″ so this length could possibly work as a dress.

ola tunic

The pattern comes with several variations which also look fun and breezy.

ola tunic

This can be made in a matter of hours.  The neck and sleeves use a bias binding.  I the bias binding for the neck but just did a simple hem on the machine for the sleeves and hem.

Photos of me are courtesy of Rod Derstine taken a couple blocks from our place.  The photos of other models are from the Tessuti website.

I encourage you to try this pattern and check out all the lovely colors of linen from the

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