Pattern Review: Deer Creek Tunic

by | Jan 31, 2017 | Clothing, Women | 0 comments

Months ago I got to test the Girl’s Version of the Deer Creek Tunic and Dress (click here to see the post).  I made a cute dolman tunic for my daughter, intending to make a matching one for myself.  But matching the stripes and a flaw in my fabric didn’t leave me enough to cut out a matching one for myself.

I didn’t get to test the women’s version of the pattern.  However, my measurements are really close to the size 16 in the girls version and the pattern is meant to be loose!  So I made a size 16 for myself.

Long Sleeve Dolman with Pockets

I’ve tried making Dolman shirts for myself before and never really been pleased with the results.  Even though Dolman shirts are suppose to be easy to wear I didn’t feel the loose fit down to my waist was flattering to my shape.  Okay, that may partly be because I was winging my own pattern.  However, I have a Maxi dress with dolman sleeves and an empire wait that I love, so I was very drawn to the cinched waist of the Deer Creek Tunic.


Using the girl’s version of the Deer Creek Tunic and Dress (affiliate link) seemed to work pretty well for me!  My only alteration was changing the length of the elastic to 2″ shorter than my waist measurements.  All the pattern pieces match up New Horizons Side Viewreally well once you get the pattern taped together.  I tend to have a bit more trouble taping up New Horizon patterns, but then the pattern sews up beautifully.

When I tested the pattern, I noticed the tunic in the smaller sizes does not give enough room for the pocket without it hanging below the hem.  I mentioned it to Terra but don’t know if it was New Horizons Green Tunicchanged in the final version.  This green tunic was made from the pattern version I printed out during testing.
Next time I sew up a curved hem I will also try hemming the bottom last and see if that helps
me get a nice smooth hem at the side seams.  I found the hem at the sides to be the most
challenging part of the tunic.


The Dolman style sleeves mean I don’t have to worry as much about fitting my wide shoulders.  Yay!  However, my shoulders also seem to go on forever.  And while the long sleeves are the perfect length and tightness for me, When I make a short sleeve version I will probably add an inch to the top edge of the sleeves to accommodate my wide shoulders.  The shoulder seam tends to shift backwards on me.  Not sure if that is a fit, fabric, or pattern issue but it doesn’t really bother me.  The waist is just right-barely hugging my skin.

New Horizons Back ViewStyle

Tunics are not usually my style.  Even though I wear skinny jeans, I don’t do leggings. I New Horizons Styled Deer Creek Tunichave a harder time feeling visually balanced a tunic.  I’m still deciding if I like the length of this top.  Some days I think it looks good as is.  Other days I would like to bring up the hem as much
as I can without taking out the pockets.  Any advice?  Leave as it is or shorten it?

Generally I consider my body shape to be rectangular.  (Feel free to pipe in to confirm or disagree-I’d love some outside feedback.) However, my shoulders are so wide I sometimes think I lean towards Inverted Triangle-but without much bust.  Wearing a scarf with this tunic seems to balance my shoulder width-and the fabric from making infinity scarves (click here to see the post) has a small touch of the perfect shade of green for this top.  I feel put together and little Christmasy wearing the scarf!  The cinched waist of the Deer Creek Tunic also seems to balance my hips and shoulders by accentuating my waist and therefore my hips.

Although I used the girl’s version to sew up my tunic, New Horizons also offers the Deer Creek Tunic and Dress (affiliate link) for women too.  What kind of Dolman do you like to wear?  Cinched waist, straight, or batwing?


  • Pattern: Deer Creek Dress and Tunic
  • Designer: New Horizons
  • Style:Dolman top/dress with cinched waist
  • Fabric: Knit Rayon Spandex Blend
  • Size Range: 6-12M to 16
  • Size made: 16
  • Lengths: 2-Tunic and Dress with options for curved or straight hem on dress
  • Sleeve lengths: 2-Long and Short
  • Sleeves cut on Fold: No
  • Alterations/Hacks: Added an inch to waist elastic
  • Clear Instructions: Easy to follow with illustrations
  • Seam Allowance: 3/8″
  • Layers: yes
  • Trimless: Yes
  • Dislikes or desired changes? The shirt likes to fall to the back.  It’s not really a dislike because I don’t mind.  I’m not sure if that is a problem in the pattern or fitting so I thought I’d mention it.
  • Sew again?  Yes!
  • Would you recommend it to others? Yes!

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