Cheyenne Tunic Pattern Review with Skinny Collar Hack
I am just in love with this shirt and this fabric on this Cheyenne tunic! And even though I made a tiny rip in the button I am proudly wearing it any ways! I really think that succesfully sewing a button front top; complete with a yoke, collar stand, and plackets (although I got out of the cuffs and plackets on the sleeves by making this a long sleeve) is a big sewing milestone. At least for me it is!
(Scroll to the bottom for skinny collar hack)
The first button front shirts I ever sewed were for my son and they were, definitely, one of my top favorite makes. I felt a real sense of accomplishment when I made them; which I don’t always feel every time I make something because it doesn’t come out really how I wanted to... But with sewing, like anything else, that is how you learn! But it is nice when something just turn out as cute as this button up for my son.
I think I was just really excited being able to make something that I could buy in a store! That is the epitome of sewing for me. Replacing over commercialized clothing that everybody else wears with personalized clothing, that is in the exact print I want, and actually fits exactly how I wanted! This is why I sew! That and to bring more value to the clothing we wear versus treating it as a disposable product. I think it will take me a good long while to be able to make all of our clothes, or purchase them ethically, but that is my goal.
Skinny Collar Hack for the Cheyenne Tunic: In order to do the skinny hack you need to first cut off the point in the collar. It seems natural to cut off the “curve” but instead trim it like what is pictured below following the curve of the collar. Classic collars come more to a point but since I wanted a skinny, modern collar look I took out the point by trimming it off.
Then you want to decide on how wide you would like you collar to be. Even though I took about an inch out of the collar I would have liked to take even more out and make the collar even skinnier! Trim the pattern to the width you desire also making sure to still add 5/8 inch for seam allowance.
Lessons learned: Next time I make this top I will not only make the collar a bit skinnier as mentioned but I would also like the collar to fit a bit more snug to my neck. I will probably have to take at least a half of an inch out of both sides of the collar and front shirt pieces. The pieces I would trim would include a half inch on the left and right front, both sides of the collar stand, and collar including interfacing.
This is the very first button front shirt I have sewn for myself so I am overall pretty happy with it! And I know the next one will look even better than the first!
Ta Ta for now!,