As soon as Liesl showed the preview of her new Gallery Tunic + Dress I knew I need it in my life- immediately. I have a RTW shirt that is similar that I absolutely love and wear every time it is clean. It is in a lightweight slightly textured navy gingham. It's so comfy and easy to wear, though I am sure soon enough it will be too warm around these parts for it. Which is also why I wanted to get on this one asap, get as much wear out of it before it turns hot- like in a week or two, ha!
Our local fabric shop (which hilariously is also a hardware store) has all kinds of lightweight gingham. The selection hardly ever changes, nor does the amount of fabric on the bolts, so I sometimes wonder if I am the only one who buys it. They have different sizes of checks and colors and way back I bought up a large assortment, because you can't beat $4 a yard, I think it may have been on sale too. I have used the red, yellow and black for the girls in the past, and this one was intended for Abby buuuut I stole it.
I was so excited when my patterns arrived yesterday (go paper!) I got to tracing this one immediately, then life happened so I set it aside until this morning during nap time. I completely forgot to do the FBA! Sadly not the first time it has happened to me, and I am sure not the last. I used a 1/4" SA around the chest to give me a little more room. It is definitely still wearable, I just know that next time I will be doing the FBA. In fact, I should go alter my pattern piece now...
I chose to do a contrast placket, or maybe it was chosen for me as I didn't have a big enough piece left of the check. I didn't actually look at my yardage, I just started cutting, hoping I had enough and knowing there was still plenty at the store if I ran way too short. Ah, keeping it real here people. I almost wish I would have done the collar white too, but maybe I wouldn't like it if I did... I am so indecisive, but since I only had enough white out of my fabric room (aka master bedroom, aka place the baby sleeps) for the placket I left it.
It turns out it is rather hard to take a picture of your own backside, the things I do for a pattern review, ha! So, the front and back length aren't really this drastic, it is mostly the way I am standing, though the back is longer. Long enough to cover your bum and maybe even get away with leggings, because leggings aren't pants (right my FTF friends?;) ).
So TL;DR, buy this pattern, it's awesome sauce.