Vogue 1197 Sandra Betzina Tunic

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  While my daughters and husband braved the Black Friday shopping crowds, I opted to stay in and sew!  I'm not much of a clothes shopper these days- just prefer to the challenge of making my own. 

It has turned cold here in Illinois, down to 21 degrees this morning, so I wanted something warm.  I had 2-1/2 yards of this brushed microfiber knit in a pretty cranberry, that I thought would be fun for the upcoming holiday season.  I liked Vogue 1197 from Sandra Betzina for the long large cowled tunic version.

Vogue 1197 cover
I also like the short sleeve top in this pattern, but will have to save that for next summer.  The leggings are just one pattern piece, and I definitely will be giving them a try too.

I like the huge drapey cowl collar.  But, I would be careful with the fabric choice.  My fabric is very thin, and I think that is good for this style.  This pattern is perfect for thin rayon jerseys.  I think that if you were using a beefier cotton interlock or even a poly jersey, the cowl and the sleeves would get too thick.  The short sleeve version of this shirt shows a modified collar that isn't as big, so if I were to make this pattern with something thicker, I would probably use that collar instead.

Extra Large and Drapey Cowl
Ruched Sleeves
I also liked the extra long ruched sleeves.   Here's the inside where you can see the clear elastic that I zigzagged to the seam allowance to create the ruching.  Take a look at the tissue for these sleeve pieces- they are shaped like a big hook.  Very neat- I never would have imagined the pieces like that, but it sure works!
Sleeve from the inside with clear elastic for the ruching.
Sleeve pattern pieces

I didn't add any length this time, and it seems plenty long enough.  I think I'll probably wear it with a belt to give it a little more shape at the waist, but I LOVE this pattern.  Another winner from Sandra Betzina.


  1. A fabulous look and color, and those sleeves are awesome! Nice details in this one.

  2. What a great shirt! I'm not a big Black Friday shopper, either.

  3. This is a nicely detailed tunic , they are usually so boring but I love this one.

  4. Love this tunic - I'm definitely going to make it.

  5. Hi - I found you on Facebook via Vogue Patterns! Love this top - that's a very interesting sleeve pattern shape! Looks great on you!


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