The Simple Sew Anneka Tunic is a season-spanning staple and perfect for wearing over a roll-neck jumper at this time of year. For her Simple Sew debut, blogger, Caz whipped up a gorgeous version in a cosy, plaid fabric.
Hello everyone, I’m Caroline, also known as @cazfaith on Instagram. This is my first blog post for Simple Sew and I’m very excited to be sharing my recent make with you. I chose to sew the Anneka Tunic as I was drawn to the simplicity of it’s design and Nordic style. I think this pattern will appeal to all levels of sewers as there is so much scope to be creative and add your own personal touch but easy enough for the cautious beginner to follow.
Planning the Make
The Anneka Tunic really appealed to me as it’s a quick make that looks great. I’m a huge fan of dresses that I can layer too, as you get far more wear from them. The Anneka Tunic would look great with a long sleeved top underneath or perhaps a roll neck sweater in the winter. The pattern envelope comes in very handy when making the decision for fabric suggestions depending on which season you intend to wear it.
As soon as I saw the pattern, I envisioned making it with plaid material. The gorgeous purple and blue plaid suiting fabric was gifted by Minerva.com who have a vast array of choice.
Personalising the Pattern
I purchased some plum coloured bias binding to bind the armholes and neckline and raided my button stash to add buttons to the front. I love when I get to use some of my vintage haberdashery bits! I also used the binding to add a pop of colour to the pockets. It was a bit of a last minute decision, so not the neatest finish. In hindsight, I would have added the binding to the pocket before attaching it to the tunic. It’s all a learning curve and when you get a creative bit of inspiration, you just have to go for it! Sometimes you can’t plan for these eureka moments.
I began by laying the pattern pieces onto my fabric. I love that this pattern only uses three pieces. What a time saver when you’re an impatient sewer like me. The pattern instructions take you through step by step, giving excellent tips along the way too. Keep your iron at the ready too, I find pressing as I go invaluable. When doing the topstitching on the pockets, you could use this as an opportunity to add an exciting pop of colour. I used a cerise pink thread to attach the pockets. It doesn’t show up hugely on my chosen fabric, but it’s a nice close up detail.
I’m of petite stature, so bear this in mind if you’re on the shorter side like me. I’m 5’3” and I took off 6” from the bottom edge of the tunic front and back. It comes to just above my knees, which is a favourable length for me.
Adding the front and back pleats was both fun and a little challenging. I suppose the material you’re using can make it more or less tricky. I popped a pin at the top of my pleat before ironing it in place and sewing a baste stitch across the top. This process is repeated on the back and front of the tunic. Once the side seams are sewn, you can really start to see the tunic take shape.
Final thoughts about the Pattern
There are many tutorials online for adding bias binding to necklines and armholes, but the instructions and clear illustrations make this an easy to follow part of the pattern. You could even get a bit more creative and make your own binding. This is something I would like to try out the next time I create the Anneka Tunic. Finally comes the hemming and et voilà, you’re all finished. What a pleasure this was to make. I would strongly recommend for someone new to sewing and perhaps taking on their first me made clothing item.
Happy sewing, everyone!
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