Spring Top: The Shana Bell Sleeved Tunic

I finished my Shana Bell Sleeved Tunic by SisBoom Patterns earlier this week! As I mentioned before, this fabric (Crazy Love by Jennifer Paganelli) is a little out of my comfort zone, but it's growing on me.

The pattern itself was very simple to put together, as all of the SisBoom patterns are. I made my top in a size 2x (thank you thank you Jennifer for making almost all of your patterns in 1-3x along with regular women's sizes!!), but would probably make it in a 1x if I did it again as it's a little looser fitting than I wanted - there's a fair amount of fabric in the back.

I chose to use a different fabric in the Crazy Love line for the collar, and this was the "trickiest" part of the pattern in that since you know it's going to be framing your face, you want your stitches to come out as near-perfecr as possible, and the collar to lie flat and puckerless. I took my time sewing this part, and it paid off as I'm so happy how it turned out!

Look at that cute bell sleeve! This came together so easily - the pattern does everything except hold your hand as you work through it. SisBoom patterns are also awesome in that they give multiple sleeve and hem lengths for their garments so you choose to make it anything from a long-sleeve top to a short-sleeve dress if you want.

I've linked up in the Made by Rae Spring Top Sew-Along 2013. Go check out all of the great tops women are making for themselves!




  1. It looks wonderful!! Thanks for letting us know about the patterns. I am trying to learn more garment sewing and it is nice to know which patterns are helpful and well written.

  2. What a great top, and perfect for spring.

  3. Tanesha, I love the look of that top, but I think it would take me-myself a bit to get used to the colors, LOL. Great job!

  4. It is beautiful Tanesha! You did such a good job - you may have inspired me!!

  5. That looks so good on you! What a great top. Btw, 1-3x is regular woman.

  6. Wonderful sewing,the top looks so nice on you. Fun fabric choice. Can't wait to see what you make next..

  7. Your top is beautiful! You did a great job! I've only made clothing for my little girl but I'm working up the courage to make something for myself. Think I'll start with a skirt.

  8. Hi Tanesha,

    Just wanted to let you know I received the book from your giveaway.
    Thank you so much!!

    Love your top too!

    Chester NY

  9. That is wonderful, the pattern is just fabulous


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