A simple silhouette is a must when you want a fabric to speak for itself, and the Laelia Tunic is the perfect versatile pattern for such a project. We paired with with an all-over sequin mesh and included a hem band to make it a great mini-dress option for a night out. Skip the band though, and you have a fluid tank that’s just begging to be made with a silk print or billowing crepe. However you choose to style your Laelia pattern, you’re sure to stay chic and comfortable!
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
Once your pattern pieces are all cut out, we’ll start on sewing both the sequin layer and lining layer at the same time.
Begin by attaching your front lining and back lining pieces at the shoulders and sides. Press open your seam allowances. Repeat with your sequin layer, skipping the pressing step.
Sew up the center back seam, stopping about 4″ from the neckline. Press the seam open, and then repeat with your outer layer.
Attach your lining to your sequin layer at the armscyes, like you see above. Attach your sequin layer of the collar to the neckline, and then sew your collar lining to the top three edges of the collar with the fabric faces together. Turn your collar right side out, and slip-stitch the lower edge closed. As you do, sew the lining to your sequins around the keyhole opening at the center back as well.
Add some hook & eyes at the collar to secure it and then we’ll get started on finishing the bottom of your tunic.
If you’re skipping the bottom hem band, simply hem the sequins and lining of your tunic and you’re all set!
If you’re using the hem band like we did, attach a back band to either side of the front band at the sides. Close the center back and with right sides together, sew the top of your band to the bottom of your tunic, lining up the sides and center back.
Repeat with the facing pieces of your hem band, sew it along the bottom of your band with the faces together, and turn it right side out. Edge-stitch along the hem of your tunic and slip-stitch the raw edges on the inside of your garment. Give the lining layer of your tunic a small rolled hem.
Will you be giving the Laelia Tunic a try? I’d love to hear what fabric combinations you’re thinking for it. Let me know in the comments below!