Prior to Christmas I placed an order with Style Arc Patterns and the Lu Lu Tunic was a freebie that came with it. I liked the tunic styling, finding it very rtw in it's detailing and knew it would slot into my work wardrobe effortlessly.
I had a piece of cream crepe in my stash that I picked up from one of my op shop hauls and fortuitously it was the recommended fabric for this make. I do like the fact that Style Arc send a little swatch of suitable fabric with their patterns. I am not very good at recognising fabrics by name but feel is a whole different matter!
I ordered a size 8 pattern after much deliberation. I looked at the finished measurements of a 10 and found it contained a lot of ease. Despite normally buying a rtw AU/NZ size 10, I threw caution to the wind and ordered the size 8. I am pleased I did because the fit is perfect.
Because this is my very first version, I made it as per the pattern. I was going to remove the horizontal pleat at the front but left it on a whim. I may remove it in future versions. The neckband I attached as per the instructions but found it quite fiddly and time consuming so opted to stitch and overlock the sleeve bands on rather than turn and slip stitch. You don't notice the difference when it is worn so if I made it again, I would treat the neck in the same manor. I did go to quite a bit of effort making the loop for the back button loop closing and subsequently found out I can pull it over my head easily without it so would not bother making an opening in any future version.
My verdit on this top is that it is a very nice go to work top and I am please I made it up.