I Heart the Cheyenne Tunic

I’ve finished another Cheyenne and I thought that it was about time I get this amazing pattern blogged. It’s also, coincidentally, the one year anniversary of its release. This pattern owns my sewing heart of hearts because I really feel like it taught me how to sew. Adrianna’s instructions are always so thorough and clear with an explanation for each step. You learn so many sewing techniques by working your way through this pattern. I’ve posted a few in-progress pictures of my various Cheyennes in the Hey June Pattern Facebook Group and I usually get a few comments about how “I need to make one of these” or “I haven’t tackled this one yet”. My response to this is: “Sew it up, Sista!” It won’t be perfect, and your second one probably won’t be either, but you will be really proud of yourself for completing one. I was at least.

I sewed up a size medium and the fit is spot on like everything else from Hey June. I added 2″ to the length because I like things extra long and I already have a long torso. I did French seams everywhere and that finishing technique is very satisfying. Someone made a comment in the HJ Facebook group recently that she accidentally wore her Cheyenne tunic to work inside out and NO ONE noticed the whole day! That tells you that the shirt is beautifully finished on the inside and out…..and that her sewing is perfection. The “guts” of my Cheyennes are ever-improving…..but I don’t think I could wear it inside out just yet! That is what I will aspire to!

My first Cheyenne is one that I mashed with the Sanibel Romper and turned into a jumpsuit. I did a tutorial for that here. My second Cheyenne is one that I made out of this dobby from Robert Kaufman.You’d think that the third time would be the charm, right? Ha! This is me we’re talking about.

Now, do you want to see the fatal, can’t-come-back-from-it mistake that I made with my cutting? Here. Here it is, my crooked back piece connected to the yoke.

Yikes. How embarrassing. Panic struck and dwelled within me for about five minutes and then I realized that this is my Cheyenne tunic and it’s going to be constructed authentically (“authentically” meaning mistakes will be made). I find self-forgiveness to be a vital life skill and one that is critical to hone when it comes to sewing.

I usually buy a little extra fabric because of my long torso and my tendency to be in a hurry and make a couple cutting errors. However, I did not buy enough fabric to re-cut the whole back. I massaged the seam allowances a little bit after my husband conceded “yep, that looks really crooked”.  Clearly, I still wasn’t able to  get it straight, but it’s better than it was! To the seamstress eyebrow- raisers out there I say: “Avert your eyes”. To the non-sewers out there who judge the shirt I say, well, that’s an easy rebuttal: “Do you sew?”

I used this Robert Kaufman sunset-inspired flannel from LA Finch Fabrics and I love its weight. It was really easy to work with. It frayed a bit as any flannel does, but the weight of it was perfect for this pattern. I almost feel like I’m wearing the warmth of a sweatshirt when I have it on. This flannel was heavy enough that I didn’t use one shred of interfacing. What? {GASP!} Oh, the feeling of emancipation from extra steps and cutting! It was liberating! I’m being dramatic, it was nice having to do a few less things to do though. That’s not to say that I don’t agree with using interfacing for this pattern, I absolutely do for other substrates, just not this thick flannel.

I used smaller buttons for this version and so I ended up putting three buttons on the front  placket (which is sandwiched between two VERY straight front pieces). I took extra care to make sure these were straight and pattern matched to make up for my disaster on the back.

I cut my placket, yoke, and front pockets on the bias. I like doing this because it adds some visual interest and, let’s be real, it also means less pattern matching.

I really love this new one I made and I’m already planning another Cheyenne  because once you acquire the confidence that this pattern WILL give you, you can’t stop making them! I owe a lot of my sewing confidence to this pattern and to Adrianna. She’s always quick to respond to my panic emails of “does this look right!??!”  I’m a devout fan of Hey June and will continue to make all of her patterns…..on repeat.

Leave a comment on how you would’ve fixed the crooked piece. I’m sure there was some solution that I missed.

This blog post contains affiliate links, however, the opinions stated are solely my own.




  1. Oh, I loved reading this, I had to laugh so much! And I totally know how you feel about that crooked back, I’d probably freak out, too… But as little forgiving I am with myself, I am totally honest when I ask you: Who cares? It’s your Cheyenne and now it has a really funny story connected to it! :-*

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  2. I love it and I agree no one will notice the back – they will be too busy complementing your awesome shirt!! I’ve only make one and it wasn’t even for me…good reminder that I should make another!

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  3. This still turned out so good Leslie! The beautiful front makes up for the back. 😉 I’m glad to know what to pay attention to before I make one of my own! I really want to make one in the coming months and this blog post is SO helpful!


  4. I agree with all the comments above. I always enjoy your posts because you are so funny and wonderful and HUMAN. And who HASN’T had some cutting and matching issues along the way? As I always tell myself, “If you can’t notice it from the back of a galloping horse, it’s not worth sweating over.” 😉

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    1. Emi! Thanks for reading my dear friend. I’m glad that you enjoyed it! Yes, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m only human….and can laugh about it. I laughed out loud about your galloping horse comment! I’m going to remember that one!


  5. I love it and plan to make this one after I get my Christmas sewing finished. Thank you for a lovely read and for being honest about your goof. You could have easily not shown us the back. Because of your mistake, I feel more encouraged to try it. Mine won’t be perfect. I’m also excited about learning sewing techniques as I go.


  6. Honestly even if so had noticed the crooked yoke, it’s so well made I would have just thought it happened in production! Very well made!


  7. I love all your Cheyannes! I’ve just begun to wander into the world of PDF figuring out how to get these over to my local print shop and how to work with them to have it printed out on a continuous engineering format roll making it so much easier to cut out along with the directions. The cost was only $10 and it wasn’t complicated at all. Every time I go to Hey June I am dismayed to discover they are all PDF but not so much anymore. I do love her patterns and your Cheyannes have definitely inspired me further 🙂


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