Here is my latest pattern test, the Trendy Tunic by Love Notions Patterns. I'm really enjoying testing patterns, maybe it's because I'm a teacher and I understand all the work that goes into giving good directions!
I love this tunic! The pockets are very cleverly incorporated into the curved side panels. This pattern is well drafted. The pieces fit together easily, which isn't always easy for all of those curves! Above is the final version of the pattern, sewn in a light weight knit from Girl Charlee (looks like they don't have this one any more, but I love their knits!). I am learning how much top stitching makes garments look better. The top stitching on the center panels really makes for a more professional look. I am getting better at the twin needle stitching!
Here is the first version of the pattern. I sewed it with a thick knit from Goodwill, with some striped knit cut from an old t-shirt for the inside of the pockets. I love this tunic, so I was surprised that I liked the revised fit even better. The final version shown at the top of the post has slimmer arms and a closer fit in the bust.
This is a quick sew with a lot of bang for the buck! The length and loose fit makes the tunic a great top for a busy day of teaching!