About a month ago, Liesl of Oliver+S launched her new line of women’s patterns for fall under the Liesl + Co. brand. She sent over advance copies of the new patterns so I could give them a try, and this one, the Late Lunch Tunic, caught my eye because I knew it would be perfect for hiding my ever-growing baby bump!
I’m super excited for Liesl as she expands her already high-quality pattern offerings to include not only children’s but also women’s. Liesl is known for writing exceptional patterns, and these live up to the standard we’ve come to expect from her; they include carefully written, clear instructions as well as helpful additional information (such as how to perform a bust adjustment on the pattern pieces) along with her expertly drawn pattern pieces. Any of the others would be excellent additions to the home sewist’s pattern collection as well.
I chose a red chambray for the tunic after seeing the cover shot for the pattern in a grey chambray; I’d also love to try this in a lighter-weight fabric, but this one drapes quite nicely. And although the tunic definitely has the potential to accommodate a larger pregnancy belly, I like that it really doesn’t read “pregnant,” in fact up until about this week you really couldn’t tell I was preggers while wearing it (these pics are a couple weeks old). A definite plus for anyone wishing to hide extra waist-smooshiness for sure. Here’s my best attempt to show baby bumpage:
I think it looks great on me, but I think I could probably drop the yoke just a bit yet because I think it”s hitting me a little higher than it’s supposed to (just judging from the cover shot, at least? Maybe I just need to go up a size?). It also looks great on the fuller-busted as well (check out this full-bust-adjusted version by Robin Bobbin, I think it may be my favorite version of the tunic that I’ve seen so far).
You can purchase the Late Lunch Tunic, along with Liesl’s other new women’s patterns, in digital form over on the Liesl + Co. page on her website!