June 9 ~ Make It, Wear It! Inspiration

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Sewn by Corinnea, Corinnea’s Chaos

Pattern: Schoolhouse Tunic

Corinnea writes, “The pattern I used is the Schoolhouse Tunic. I truly am in love with this pattern because it flatters all body styles and ages of women. It is comfortable but it is NOT frumpy. The pattern directions are simple and an intermediate sewer can put this together in just a couple of hours. For this version I used Art Gallery Fabrics Spellbound line in Chalky Silhouettes. I guess the one thing I’d like to do is to encourage people to try new things with the patterns they have. Don’t be afraid to change things, shorten sleeves, add ruffles or a front closure. One friend added a casing around the bodice for a more fitted look… Just try, it’s only fabric; you can always make a quilt instead.”

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76 Responses to June 9 ~ Make It, Wear It! Inspiration

  1. mjb says:

    So cute – and great advice about changing up patterns!

  2. Kelli says:

    I’m waiting for my LQS to restock this pattern so I can get my hands on it. I already have the fabric picked out πŸ™‚

  3. Joke says:

    I’d love that for a weekend chilling at home and going out to a movie or park πŸ™‚ The fabric is very beautiful too!

  4. allison says:

    i’d love to try this tunic pattern, too.

  5. Maggie says:

    This looks just so comfy and wearable, yet still stylish. I love it

  6. sang says:

    I have seen sooo many bloggers make this top with good reviews! Hmmm maybe I should give it a try.

  7. Kimberly says:

    I have seen the Schoolhouse Tunic all over the place lately – I really want to find time to try it.

  8. Linda S. says:

    I just got this pattern & plan to make it out of a really pretty voile. I was thinking of going shorter–more of a shirt, but now that I see this photo . . .

  9. Stacey C. says:

    This is so flattering–love it! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Crystal says:

    I’ve been meaning to whip up this pattern. i love the fabric you chose

  11. Crystal says:

    I’ve been meaning to whip up this pattern. i love thefabric you choose

  12. DebbieKL says:

    Very cute!

  13. nikole terry says:

    I might give this a try! So cute!

  14. Joy says:

    I love it, simple lines and gorgeous fabric, I think I should give it a try!

  15. Claire says:

    Wow! I love your fabric choice.

  16. margie says:

    flattering, not frumpy AND comfortable?! I know what I’m making next.

  17. Monika says:

    Lovely tunic with nice detail πŸ™‚
    And the fabric pattern is just lovely with it πŸ™‚

    I could imagine it quite well in longer as a dress for me… where is my fabric?

    I think I might make something like this just now πŸ™‚

  18. Temima says:

    You used such gorgeous fabric!

  19. Andi says:

    I love this fabric – what a lovely tunic! I’m always afraid to play with the pattern, clothing takes so much time to make that I am always afraid it won’t turn out. Perhaps I need to be more adventurous….

  20. Trish says:

    You made a great job of your tunic and I love the fabric that you chose. You have convinced me that I quite like this pattern now that i’ve seen yours. x

  21. alisha says:

    I may have to try this pattern! Of course, I already have another tunic pattern that I haven’t tried yet. πŸ™‚

  22. Gretchen says:

    I’m interested in using this pattern, so it’s great to see another positive review! Thanks.

  23. Marci Girl says:

    How funny, I was just looking at this pattern this morning, and wondering if it would be a nice dress! It is, and looks great!

  24. Lola says:

    I found a vintage pattern to make a lovely dress. I can’t wait to sew it, take a picture of me wearing it, and sharing it with you. πŸ™‚

  25. Rochelle says:

    Love that look! I’ll be picking that up for myself.

  26. Trish B. says:

    great encouragement! thanks…

  27. An says:

    Love it! Looks great on you!

  28. corinnea says:

    Thanks everyone! I’m so glad you like the top I made. Thanks to Meg McElwee for designing such a cute pattern!

  29. Ana says:

    It’s a lovely top but Corrinea made it in January (http://corinneas-chaos.blogspot.com/2010/01/schoolhouse-tunic.html) – I thought this challenge was for things made this month…?

    • Kristin says:


      We plan our theme in advance, so we rounded up images of inspiring hand-made garments before June started. The items we show every day are not entries in the contest–just clothing we love. Sorry for the confusion.

  30. Ramona says:

    I really like the tunic. Loved your striped version of the tunic. I am going to make this for myself.

  31. Katelyn says:

    Well aren’t you just too cute Corinnea! Love the tunic on you!

  32. amy says:

    This is a great pattern and pretty easy to do. For me it’s had the extra benefit of being a good nursing top too!

  33. Ruth says:

    I’ve been eyeing this pattern FOREVER and wondering it’s as great as it looks. I think I’m going to have to try it now…thanks for the encouragement.

  34. Vida says:

    I like that it’s not super fitted but it still has a nice shape

  35. Jill says:

    REEAALLLY love it. Looks comfortable, not frumpy and downright awesomely hip. Will have to try it after I finish my current flock of projects!

  36. sy says:

    the tunic looks very comfortable πŸ˜€

  37. Beth says:

    I’ve been wanting to make a tunic like this one. I admire the simple beauty of it.

  38. christine says:

    What a great job!

  39. Jenny says:

    Oh my goodness! I love the color!

  40. Rachel says:

    I’m inspired to give this pattern a try myself.

  41. kathyh says:

    I have this fabric. Gorgeous aqua blues.

  42. Marcia W. says:

    Interesting tunic pattern. Thank you for the review.

  43. Kelli says:

    Great fit…I might have to get this one after all. The inspiration this month so far is great!

  44. QSOgirl says:

    looks comfy!

  45. Desiree says:

    looks great! I will have to check this pattern out for sure.

  46. Christine says:

    I really like the color in this one.

  47. upstatelisa says:

    really nice on you!

  48. Lise says:

    This is gorgeous! This is one pattern I’ve really been wanting to try. I love your fabric choice.

  49. Ginger says:

    Cute tunic. I’m glad to see she thinks it’s flattering to all figures. I keep seeing this made up and wondering if it would look good on me or not. I may have to just try it.

  50. Jo says:

    love it! looks so comfortable — i would want to sleep in it πŸ™‚

  51. Jennifer S. says:

    I love that pattern, it’s popped up a few times for me now, I think it’s a sign, I should get it.

  52. Laurel says:

    I really like the look of this. And I love the “just try, itÒ€ℒs only fabric; you can always make a quilt insteadÒ€ attitude.

  53. Doris says:

    I really need to get that pattern!

  54. sharonj says:

    Very nice pattern and a great review! Thank you Sharonj.

  55. Sade says:

    I love the choice of fabric!

  56. Kelly says:

    Corinnea, you look awesome!!!! I absolutely love this pattern and you are such an inspiration to me as a sewer!

  57. Jen says:

    This is so cute! I agree that it could be altered in any number of ways for any style you’re going for. I think it’s adorable as shown and very flattering!

  58. Lauren says:

    I made this a while ago and felt like the back looked huge on me. I need to learn pattern adjustments!

  59. Rebecca says:

    cute fabric.

  60. Vicki K says:

    This pattern is very attractive and I like that it could be shorted for a regular top too! Gotta get it.

  61. Corrie says:

    I really want to try that pattern soon. I was thinking of making a long one (dress length) and a short one to wear over jeans!

  62. stephanie says:

    Adorable! I have the pattern but am still searching for the perfect fabric.

  63. Holly says:

    Love the top but I am disappointed it only goes up to a size 20. πŸ™

  64. Tong says:

    It looks beautiful, great pattern!

  65. Krystina says:

    Cute dress! What fabric did she use?

  66. sewlindaann says:

    I love that pattern and now have been persuaded to add it to my ever growing collection!

  67. amanda says:

    I can’t tell you how much I want to make this tunic. Love that you’re wearing it in the snow – we are moving to upstate NY in the fall, so I am on the prowl for snow-friendly clothes!

  68. susan hwang says:

    beautiful pattern.. looks very comfy πŸ™‚

  69. Michele says:

    I’ve always wanted to try sewing a tunic.

  70. Mama Lusco says:

    Looks great! I have been wanting this pattern and I think you just convinced me to go for it πŸ™‚

  71. kama says:

    So cute!!

  72. duff says:

    adorable! those boots really make the outfit!

  73. JJ says:

    Pretty! That looks like something even I could make!

  74. Sonya M says:

    I love that pattern too. Someday I may have to invest in it for myself. It looks so comfy and versatile!

  75. Bonnie Colman says:

    I love that she says it’s comfortable but not frumpy. This seems like a great pattern and could be altered to make different looks. Love it!

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