All winter long I wanted a sweater tunic. At first I thought I’d knit one, and then as the days dribbled off the calendar that turned into wanting to buy one, and then even to just buying one at Meijer, for goodness sake, but it never happened. So for Spring, I am on it. I have made myself a spring tunic.
The pattern is Simplicity 0450, also called Simplicity 2245. (Why? I don’t know.) But more than that, it’s the lisette portfolio tunic. Lisette is Liesl Gibson’s line for women via Simplicity. Because when we all said, “I want a grown-up sized oliver + s dress,” she listened.
I am entirely pleased with the way it came out. It’s comfortable, cute, and even stylish. I don’t get that made-it-myself-in-a-bad-way feel when I wear it. It has very cool pockets, and also a dolman-ish sleeve, which is my new best thing for not having sweaty pits (not that you asked).
Here is how I will wear it in spring, assuming our spring ever stops acting like summer:
Here is how I will wear it in summer when it’s really hot and I’ve gotten used to having exposed skin:
I used some blue egg colored linen that was languishing in the stash. It was a good fit. I had heard that Liesl gave all sorts of good construction tips in the oliver + s patterns, so I was looking forward to that in the lisette pattern. I was not disappointed. I would like to think that if Liesl got together with Martha to discuss my tunic, the conversation would go like this:
Liesl: I think Dorie did a great job on that tunic. I can tell she didn’t skip out on any of the little steps.
Martha: Yes, and it is a beautiful color—either Robin’s Egg or Ameraucana Blue. My favorite.