Cotton Flannel Gallery Tunic.
Fabric from JoAnn
Pattern is the gallery Tunic by Liesl & Co, size 12
I never got around to making my mom’s Gallery Tunic I had planned on giving her for Christmas until today. Better late than never.
The Gallery Tunic was an enjoyable pattern to sew up after my last disaster, MCCall’s 7542 . It’s a good introduction to shirt making for beginners, since there are no buttonholes, sleeve plackets, or cuffs.
Once I cut it out, it was quick to sew. I’d say it took me about four hours to make. I’ve made the pattern before for myself, so it went very smoothly. After my last project, this was a nice break.
This is the first time I’ve made my mom a shirt, and there are a few changes I would make if I were to make this shirt again since I boldly made no muslin. Lucky for me, most of Liesl & Co patterns are soundly drafted and fit pretty accurately.
I could make a forward shoulder adjustment, make the neckline smaller, and make a narrow shoulder adjustment. I chose the pattern size that corresponded to my mom’s bust, size 12. Her hips are a bit bigger than that pattern is drawn for, but there seems to be enough ease. I also shortened the length by two inches for her. She’s 5’8″ so the top is drafted quite long. Keep that in mind.
I shortened mine, too. It’s almost as long as a mini dress if it isn’t shortened. Also, I would shorten it from the pattern lines instead of trimming from the bottom. That way you don’t remove width from the hip. Which was what I did because we didn’t notice it should be shorter until I had basted it together. One more reason for muslins!
My mom really loved this fabric. I had originally bought this fabric from Joann’s to make myself a flannel Archer shirt about two years ago. I never got around to sewing it…. surprise, surprise. This year I’m on a fabric fast, so it came in handy for this top. I’m exempting the occasional freebie from fabric sponsors though. I’m only human, after all.
Actually, I came very close to driving to downtown LA yesterday to buy fabric. I was on the way and then I turned around. I am very proud of my will power! Here it is, only January, and I’m almost falling off the wagon. Hopefully, it will get easier to not buy any clothes or fabric.
Mom loves her Gallery Tunic.