Vienna Top/ Tunic Review & Mods

The Vienna top/ tunic pattern from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shops is a must have wardrobe staple.  This pattern has so many option, is super versatile, and fun to add modification (hacks) to.   The panel style top give a gorgeous shape to every figure!  Here are a few of the style options to choose from:

  • Shirt length
  • Tunic length
  • Short sleeves
  • Elbow length sleeves
  • 3/4 length sleeves
  • long sleeves
  • Optional pockets for both shirt and tunic length
  • Sizes range from xxs-xxxl
  • This pattern is nested so it makes it super easy to grade sizes if you need to.

This is my first Vienna I made in tunic length (shirt length pockets) with short sleeves.  The fit of this top is amazing to say the least.  It makes a great casual top feel a little bit sexy with the almost princess seam side panels.

After I making this one, I knew I wanted to make a french terry long sleeve top.  I just love the softness and added warmth of french terry.  I made this one with an easy modification to the sleeves for a quick color blocked look.   This is what I did.
Cut the top sleeve at the 3/4 length sleeve mark. Make sure you add a bit of seam allowance.  I added 1/4″.  Then cut the accent bottom sleeve piece starting at the 3/4 length to the sleeve hem.  Again make sure you add your seam allowance.

You will add this to the bottom of the top sleeve and the top of the bottom sleeve.  This is where your seam will join the two pieces.

Now that I had this awesome top in french terry, I thought, this thing needs a nice hood.  Adding a hood would bring the warm french terry feel into an awesome hoodie style.  I grabbed the hood piece from the Hampton Hoodie, I already had it on hand cut and ready to go.  It is also a pattern from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop.  (But you can probably use just about any hood you have on hand.)  I also made my sleeve color blocking a little more drastic.

Here are my steps to make all the necessary modification.
For the hood add on:
First, measure your neck line- front and back- mine is 12″ total (so 24″ since the pattern pieces are on a fold)
Second, measure the bottom of your hood piece.

Since the bottom of the hood is not long enough to fit the neck line on the top, you will need to add a few inches to make it fit.  To do this you will just add the amount needed to the front of the hood.   If you want a single layer hood, cut 2 mirror pieces.  You will hem the front so make sure you add in that amount before you cut.  If you want a fully lined hood, you are going to cut 2 mirror pieces for the main hood and 2 for the lining.
Sew the top/back seam for both options.
Single layer hood- hem the front
Lined hood- Sew the main and lining together at the front.  With right sides together lay the main hood over the lining matching up the top seam and sew.

Now that your hood is constructed, simply mark the back center, front center and quarter marks of your top.  Do the same for the hood.  Just like adding a neckband match up marks and sew.  You will not need to stretch the hood to fit, if you measured and added your seam allowances correctly.
**I like to have an overlap in my hood, so I grade the front bottom out a little.  It is like adding a little triangle shape to the front. **

Now for the sleeves:

I wanted this top to have a longer bottom sleeve than I put on my french terry top.  To do this I measured 2″ below the elbow mark and drew a line.  Then you need to add in the seam allowance on both sides of the line.  Mine is 1/4″ seam allowance, since I am sewing on my serger.

Since I feel in love with the kids version of this top first (YES!  There is a kids size- I know matching mini mes ) I just knew it would be Love.  Here are a few kids Violet tunic and dresses I made.

I know you will love both of these awesome patterns as much as I do.  And yes, the kids, Violet tunic & dress is great for upcyled t-shirts.

To learn more about upcycling check out t-shirt upcylcing basics 101.

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Like my fabric?
French terry print, mandala, and all faux sparkle fabrics are from Pink Zeppelin Fabrics
All Solids- cotton lycra and french terry are from Purple Seamstress Fabrics
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Rustic shamrocks is from Vintage Lace Prints

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