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Simplicity 2245 - Navy Tunic

Awhile ago I was inspired by this photo via Pinterest. I liked the layers, the simple lines and the mix of neutral colors. I was pretty convinced that her dress was navy, but now I think it's actually dark grey. It took me awhile to get over the "no-no" of navy and black together, but lately I really like it. Same with brown and black. So, this is me combining as many neutral colors as possible:

Simplicity 2245

The tunic is the noteworthy item here. The pattern is Simplicity 2245, a lisette pattern that I purchased awhile ago. I made View B, the tunic.

Based on other reviews and the fact that my fabric had some stretch, I went down two sizes. I also added darts in the back for a more streamlined shape there. There were no changes otherwise - this is an easy project!

Simplicity 2245

The pockets are a great feature of this pattern. The instructions for completing them are great - they look more complicated than they are.

Simplicity 2245

The fabric is a stretch cotton blend with tone-on-tone stripes. I like the subtle texture the stripes create. Just for the fun of it, I cut the yoke piece on the cross grain.

Simplicity 2245

The neckline closes in back with buttons and loops, but I don't actually need them for getting in and out of the tunic. However, I suspect I would need them if my fabric didn't stretch. These two lovely anchor buttons were waiting in the button jar for just such a time as this.

Simplicity 2245

I also made the leggings, sometime last winter from a Burda pattern. They're made from ponte knit, so they're heavy enough to be warm and opaque enough for me to feel sufficiently covered.


  1. Cute! And easy to wear too. I like the navy blue colour.

  2. Love this tunic, when you say you put some darts in the back - do you mean vertical ones? Have made 2 tunics now that are just a bit sack like despite darts but really like the shape of yours.

    1. Yes, vertical darts - one on each side of the center back. I added them after trying it on, so it was mostly completed. That allowed me to adjust them to the most flattering depth and length.

  3. i'm so in love with this dress, i need to find this pattern somewhere

  4. I'm looking to find a copy of this pattern but I can't find it anywhere. If anyone is ready to let theirs go I'd be willing to buy it from you!

  5. I pinned this post a long time ago b/c I loved the look of the navy with neutrals. I finally made a dress (totally different pattern) and have an outfit with the same kind of look but done my way :)
    So, thanks for the inspiration!!

    1. Thanks for sharing the link to your dress, Suzanne! It looks lovely. This outfit remains a favorite of mine to wear - cute and comfortable. I hope you enjoy yours, too!

  6. If you want to sell this pattern, I would like to purchase.

  7. I have been looking for a copy of this pattern, is there a chance you would sell yours or be willing to let me make a copy of it and return it to you? Pnachtigal at cox dot net


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