I've been hunting for a tunic pattern to love since last year and I've found it! This is the "West Water Tunic", designed by Sam Lamb. The pattern is available in both printed and down-loadable PDF formats from the on-line shop of Squam Art Workshops.
I love how it upgrades my dog-walking outfit! I've worn my West Water Tunic 3 times now and each day someone as come up, commented on much they like my tunic and asked what about the pattern/source! So much fun!
The pattern was great. I really appreciated the sizing information--it listed bust, hip and height. This information made it possible for me to cut out the pattern pieces exactly for me.
I combined two pattern sizes so I needed to ease the lower back to fit the bodice. I decided to do that by putting in a pleat. I added a hang loop over the pleat so I can hang my tunic on a hook when I don't need it. I also added lined pockets. The pocket lining fabric is folded over the outside of the pocket, giving the tunic a fun extra detail. The button has a little blue sailboat on it and goes well with the wave-like pattern on the facings and pocket lining!
I used Robert Kaufman's Essex Yarn Dyed Fabric (55% linen and 45% cotton) in the color flax which I purchased at JP Knit & Stitch, the shop where I teach quilting in Jamaica Plain, MA. I don't usually like linen but this has a soft hand and isn't itchy! The linen content gives it that "worked in" look!
Here's are photos of the front and my personalized back. (The Essex Yarn Dyed has been washed and dried. It's not rumply looking on the bolt).