Saturday, November 11, 2017

Herringbone Flannel Cheyenne Tunic

I've been meaning to make the Hey June Cheyenne Tunic for a while now; the pattern has been in my stash for approximately forever. I love the unique V-shaped neckline and popover style. Here's my first go!


For my first Cheyenne I went with this olive and black textured herringbone cotton flannel. It's the cousin of the plum flannel I used for my Margot PJ pants, but with added rainbow flocks (is that a word?). I don't see the green on the Joann website, but there is a blue version here.


In retrospect, the fabric/pattern combination is feels a bit like it escaped from the set of the Fellowship of the Ring or was stolen off the back of one of Robin's Merry Men. I think it's the color, plus the rustic texture of the fabric... but I love it anyway!


I went for a size 1X with the long sleeve. I did a little tissue fit of the sleeve to see if I had to make my typical full bicep adjustment, but wrapping the sleeve pattern piece around my arm indicated that the sleeves are pretty wide. I didn't make any adjustments! If anything, the sleeves could maybe even be a bit slimmer. Words that have, until now, never crossed my lips. I'm really happy with the fit, though... it's pretty great. I won't make any changes for my next Cheyenne.


I skipped the breast pockets; they looked a bit small and, frankly, I'm not all that into them. The black buttons are from my prodigious Bangkok stash. I considered the sleeve tabs, but left them off for now. I may go back and add them later. I cut the fabric on the cross-grain for the yoke, cuffs, and other details, but you can't really tell unless you're up very close!


This was a fun pattern to sew. Lots of traditional shirt details (tower plackets, curved hem, etc.), but some unique details, too, like that neckline. The neckline is a smidge low- you can see a peek of my camisole on occasion- but I really love the shape.


The seam allowances vary somewhat throughout, but the instructions are very clear about which to use when. I also appreciate that following the instructions gives you very neat insides: a burrito-ed yoke and french seams on the armscye and side seams makes for a very professional finish.


The only places I had a teeny bit of trouble were not fault of the pattern, but rather the thickness of my fabric. I couldn't get a nice point at the bottom of the front button placket, so I just squared it off. In addition, by rolling the neckband to the inside, I ended up with too much overlap on the inside of the shirt and didn't catch the folded under bit when I topstitched on the right side. I had to go back and hand stitch it down- I wasn't about to undo that topstitching because it turned out perfect on the right side. Damn you, turn of cloth!


Love my new top! I've already started cutting out another Cheyenne in Mammoth flannel from Imagine Gnats... coming soon to a blog near you! Can't stop, won't stop. 

20 comments:

  1. I recognized the fabric right away because I used it for my sons Frodo costume, so I LOL’d at your Lord of the Rings comment!! I bet that top is super comfy and warm.

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    1. OMG- hahahaha- that is hilarious! Oh gosh, I hope I don't look too Hobbit-y around town in this tunic!

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  2. I definitely didn't think Lord of the Rings when I first saw your shirt, but your comment made me laugh. Your Cheyenne looks really great! I can't wait to see the plaid one next.

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    1. Thanks, Teri! I'm really pumped about how the plaid one came out, too. Great pattern!

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  3. Another one for not seeing LOTR's for the shirt...it's too clean and sparkly for a hobbit! It's a great look on you though so I understand why you like it so much!

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    1. Ha ha, true, if it were really Hobbit-y, it would be covered in road dirt, etc.

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  4. Great top , very flattering shape. I love anything lotr

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  5. I love the olive color and think it looks nice!

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  6. Gorgeous! Perfect for autumn, I love the colour.

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    1. Thank you! It definitely feels like a fall top!

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  7. I immediately fell in love with this top on you. Pattern, color and all. I think I will hope on over to Hey June for this pattern. Did I mention it looks fabulous on you.

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    1. Aw thanks! I hope you share yours when you make it!

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  8. You did so well with the fit on this--tunics can so easily go to "shapeless sack" and this one doesn't at all. Well done!

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    1. Thanks! I was lucky that it fit so well out of the envelope. It has a really nice shape!

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  9. It looks sooo good and soo confy !! Well done ! I might give it a go for myself (I have it in stock and want to do it for a while now...)

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  10. I love it. I also love the Lord of the Rings so I think Hobbit chic looks good. But none of the merry men or merry and pippin ever looked as good as you. ;)

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