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The Jemma Tunic from Sinclair Patterns just released this past Thursday, September 13. With a stylish, asymmetrical cowl and multiple options, it’s a sewing pattern that
Testing the Jemma Tunic
I was privileged to be chosen for the Jemma tester team. This is the third time I’ve tested for Sinclair Patterns and this test, in particular, was a really great experience. One thing I love about Sinclair is that each pattern comes with three height options; petite, regular and tall. At 5’10 — I fall into the tall category. With the tall version of the pattern, I don’t have to adjust for
Oxana Sinclair did a lovely job on the design and drafting of Jemma. Literally
When I made my first muslin of Jemma, I chose size 16 because I was in between sizes 14 and 16 — the 16 it was closest to my bust measurement. My bust and hips are usually one size, while my waist is usually a size up. Since this was relaxed around the waist, I didn’t grade.
Size 16 was too big. In the tutorial, Oxana recommends sizing down. She was right (of course). After my initial muslin was too big, I went down a size to 14 and the fit is perfect! Making a muslin is so worth the extra bit of time whenever you make a new pattern. Every body is beautiful, different and unique — so taking the time to learn how things fit pays off in the end.
Jemma works with several different fabric choices such as sweater knits and French terry. I used a light
Fit: Once I determined that I should
do as the instructions say size down, I loved the way Jemma fit. I find the shape very flattering on me as it compliments my curves without showing off my mom tum.
The Pattern/Instructions: The tutorial for Jemma was very easy to follow. I wasn’t sure how the collar would work since I haven’t done one in this style before, but the instructions laid it out step-by-step in an easy-to-understand way. There are petite, regular and tall options. The pattern is made to be either trim or
Construction: The Jemma tunic went together easily. I think the trickiest thing is the collar — which if the instructions are carefully followed turns out just fine. The cuffs are meant to be snug, so they have to be pulled quite a bit when sewing them on to the sleeves. Everything else is very simple and straightforward.
Nursing Friendly: When the Jemma is made with a more stretchy fabric and the fabric in the collar has
The Jemma tunic is my favorite Sinclair make to date — though Xena is a (very) close second. I loved it so much that I actually hacked the free Ringer Tee from Brindille & Twig to make one for my baby girl! I need to add more sweater knit to my stash, and when I do, I will add another Jemma to my wardrobe. I’m also planning one as a gift for my Mom. It will be just perfect for her!
On another note … my husband says my Jemma makes him think of Star Trek and says I should replace the button with a Star Trek themed one. Lol!