I think one of the best sewing patterns on the market today is the Schoolhouse Tunic by independent pattern company Sew Liberated. It's a great way for new sewers to get over their fear of sewing with patterns and tackle a few essential techniques in the process like inserting sleeves, making pleats, and working with plackets. This is the second Schoolhouse Tunic that I have made (can't believe it's ONLY my second - in my mind I've made dozens) and this particular version was completely inspired by the new Alexander Henry Larkspur border prints that arrived here last week. You know that feeling when you fall in love with a fabric and you just feel an overwhelming need to drape yourself in it? Yep! Happens to me on a daily basis. Owning a fabric shop will do that to you.
I didn't know if I could pull off making the tunic using the Alexander Henry Larkspur Bright border print. I was worried about fitting all the pattern pieces according to the print without wasting tons of fabric. To my amazement, I was able to fussy-cut the pattern pieces and get the portions of the Larkspur print I wanted on each part of the tunic without using more fabric than the pattern calls for. I was even able to extend the skirt so that I could wear it as a dress without anything underneath it. (The original tunic length version is just slightly too short to wear without tights or pants underneath.) I'm so happy with the results. You should definitely give this a try. Both the pattern and the Larkspur border prints are available online and in-store.