Who Made It Best: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Handmade

Melissa over at malichadesigns runs a great series on her blog called “Who Made It Best” where she hosts a friendly challenge with another sewing blogger to sew the same pattern and have the community vote on their favorite of the two. I shot Melissa an email several weeks ago to throw my hat in the ring and here we are! Who Made It Best: the Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Handmade edition.

Sleeveless Chambray Cheyenne

Pattern: Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Handmade
Size: Straight XL
Fabric: Printed Chambray from Hobby Lobby’s spring line (it was 50% off!)
Changes: No Sleeves

Some of the shots below are wrinkly because I wore this top to work with a skirt/cardigan combo and had it tucked in all day yesterday. But I do love a good Canadian tuxedo vibe, so I threw on some jeans when I got home to take pictures of my make.

Sleeveless Chambray Cheyenne

This was my first successful installation of both buttons and buttonholes–all using my machine. In the past I’ve fudged on the way my buttonhole foot works or where each button is placed, but this time around I practiced my patience (something I still need a lot of) and pressed on. Pun intended…I think.

Sleeveless Chambray Cheyenne
I’m a huge fangirl of Adrianna from Hey June Handmade. It’s all in her attention to detail and the way she can explain a pattern–her tutorials and instructions are top notch.

I used the Sleeveless Cheyenne Hack Tutorial to go sans sleeves on this project. I wish I would have raised the armhole just a tad more, because I still have a lot of gaping that you can really see if I’m not wearing a cardigan, but that was my own error. It just didn’t look like I needed to raise it anymore, and I didn’t want my arms not to fit! That’s why sewing is a learning, growing, process.

Sleeveless Chambray Cheyenne

Another edit I might make for next time is a swayback adjustment. I’ve never done one before, but some research into back wrinkles tells me that I probably have one. At least for now.

Sleeveless Chambray Cheyenne

The best part of this top is the secret detail on the inside! The yoke facing I used was from some stash quilting fabric in my sewing room, and the tag is the last one I have from a trip three years ago to Grey’s Fabric in Boston.

Sleeveless Chambray Cheyenne
I don’t usually pop collars…unless I’m celebrating actually inserting one correctly.

Toward the end of my pregnancy with Grayson, I made a modified Cheyenne popover, and it was one of my favorite makes. This time around I challenged myself to make a collared, button down, sleeveless version of this excellently drafted pattern. I’m so glad I did!

Don’t forget to check out the Cheyenne Tunic from Hey June Handmade that Melissa made for the challenge here. At the time of writing my post I JUST saw Melissa’s teaser photo and can’t wait to read all about it! I love that two people can have two different takes on the same pattern.

Once you visit mahlicadesigns for more pictures and details on her version, place your vote for Who Made It Best using the link below. The poll will be on both of our blogs, so you can see both versions before you choose your favorite. Voting open for one week.


Thanks for reading! And a huge thanks to Melissa for letting me play along this time around.

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