Thanks to Sharon who suggested this style of top based on one she owns and loves. This Moved to Tiers Tunic pattern has 4 layers, tiers or ‘shingles' and is so versatile. Make it in a fun and funky stripes, or on-trend with color blocking with a different fabric in each tier or just comfy and casual in a solid color. What about an ombre version with the tiers going from light to dark?
- Comfortable relaxed fit in a knit fabric
- 3 different sleeve lengths
- Versatile mix and match for the layers
- Sizes 29 to 45 inch bust
- Only one layer, no lining layer
- How about extending and making a dress!
By request this time, the pattern is now all black and white to save on colored inks while printing. I'd love to hear your feedback on whether you prefer colored lines or all black.
Pattern rating – the pattern testers were 50/50 on this one between beginner and intermediate
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The pattern tester remarks and versions
Diane (Two Chicklets Sew Shop) – I love the nautical look this tunic has, especially in the stripes you chose! I knew I wanted to sew one for myself but my knits are very limited so it took quite a bit of thought before deciding what I wanted to do about fabric for it. This was a piece of cake! I thought I would have trouble understanding how to do the layers but after looking at your pictures, it was easy! I loved the little box of quick directions for more advanced sewists too! That is a nice touch! I shortened layers 2-4 by about an inch since I am short and didn't want it to look like a dress.
Robin (at the Pattern Tester) – I like the casual style of this tunic. I love that fits looser in the hips, and provides coverage. It's so comfortable. I used a thin sweater fabric that had many stripes of various sizes. My fit was a little loose in the waist. Next time, I would choose a solid print for my body type, and maybe use a more form fitting knit.
Theresa (at the DIY Page) – Tunics are a wardrobe staple for me,so I was jazzed when I saw this pattern. I have several striped knits in my stash which I haven't been using because the stripes are horizontal and I don't need to look any wider, thank you very much- this pattern is perfect to use up some of that fabric. Once I started sewing it went very fast. I used an over-edge foot and an overcasting stitch to join the tiers and then switched to a roller foot and triple straight stitch to do the tiers. Anything that looked wavy was easily fixed when I pressed it.
Due to bad weather etc, these reviewers haven't yet sent their photos but comments on the pattern only so far from:
Jane – This was a really fun pattern to sew. It stitched up pretty quickly after cutting it out. It's the type of pattern you'll want to sew over and over, making adjustments to length and selection of fabrics to complement different outfits. The style is comfortable and very forgiving on the figure. So flirty and fun!
Stephanie – I liked the unique aspect of the tiers. It is a trendy style that would require a whole bunch of math and guessing without a pattern. It's a versatile pattern that can go through all seasons since it offers all 3 sleeve lengths. I can't wait to make one of these with short sleeve for summer! This pattern is tricky in which skinny stripes look freaking amazing, but wide stripes aren't necessarily so flattering. Pick your fabric wisely!