Pattern Review ~ Anna Tunic

on January 30 | in Products, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 59 Comments

From Beth: Stephanie loved the style and detailing of Amy Butler’s new Anna Tunic. She gives it a very positive review below and provides great tips too. It’s easy to tell just how beautiful Stephanie’s tunic is from her photos! Enjoy Stephanie’s review and her introduction.

* Please note that the design includes patterns for the Anna Tunic, cami, dress mini dress and fabric flower.

Pattern
Amy Butler Anna Tunic
Description
Mod style and clean lines give this tunic it’s “annatude.” The back has a unique button closure. Add the belt for an hourglass shape, and the sweet fabric flower makes for an artistic accent piece to ginger up your Anna Tunic. (from the pattern)

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Anna Tunic by Stephanie, Creative Reveries

Fabric Recommendations
Lightweight cottons such as quilting cottons for the exterior, cotton batiste for the lining.
Materials
You can find a list of materials via the Anna Tunic in the store. Click “View Larger Image” below the pattern image for a full view of the back of the pattern.

Overall Design 5 stars
I love the look of this tunic. The yoke with the buttons in the back adds an interesting and stylish touch to what would otherwise be just a basic tunic. I think this look would flatter many body types. The tunic is fully lined and all seams are enclosed for a very professional finished look.

 

Written Instructions 5 stars
Amy’s instructions were very clear and concise. I think both new and advanced sewers would be able to understand her explanations very easily.

Diagrams / Images 5 stars
Many helpful diagrams are included in the instructions. A lot of times it’s easier to see something done than to read how it’s done.

Pattern Pieces 5 stars
All of the pattern pieces are included on one tissue sheet and easily identifiable. The mini dress, tunic, and cami all use the same pattern pieces.

Overall Level of Difficulty Intermediate
Those who are new to sewing clothes might find the gathering stitches and the amount of curves to sew a little difficult.

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Detail showing the yoke with buttons in the back.

Modifications + Tips
~ Since several different looks are included in this one pattern, I recommend tracing the pattern from the tissue sheet so that you keep all of your pattern pieces intact.

~ Make sure you transfer all the markings from the pattern pieces to the fabric.

~ Go slow. There are several curves in this design which are a bit more challenging to sew than straight seams.

~ Make a muslin first. This will allow you to test out the pattern in a cheaper fabric and allow you to alter it to make it fit better.

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Conclusion
Amy Butler has made another outstanding pattern. I really like this tunic! The tunic and mini dress can be worn with a long sleeve shirt underneath in the colder months and sleeveless in the spring and summer for a year-round look.

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59 Responses to Pattern Review ~ Anna Tunic

  1. Rosalind says:

    Looking forward to making this one, thanks for the review.

  2. Leah W. says:

    Great review!! I might have to give this one a try. Thanks! Your pictures look great!!

  3. Amanda says:

    This is absolutely beautfiul! I would love to make something like this *sigh. Unfortunately, I don’t trust myself to make my own clothes! ;)

  4. Lauren says:

    Wow! That’s a pretty tunic! Thanks for the review – I want to make it this weekend!

  5. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for all of your wonderful comments on my finished tunic!

    Liz, I use what I think is called “Pattern Perfect” paper I bought from Joann’s (in the interfacing section). It is thin enough that you can lay it on top of the pattern piece and just trace out the pattern. I’m sure there are a lot of different ways to trace the pattern, but that has been the easiest for me so far.

  6. punchanella says:

    wow. i’ll have to pick that pattern up, it’s really beautiful in that fabric.

  7. Stefanie says:

    This pattern has been on my must haves. Now with a great review I want it even more!

  8. Maria L says:

    Nice! And beautiful fabric too.

  9. Concha says:

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been thinking about trying this Amy Butler pattern but I’ve never sewn any clothes before…

  10. Judy says:

    Great job!!

  11. RobinE says:

    Thanks for the review, Stephanie! This is a pattern I would have otherwise probably ignored. But I’m going to have to check it out for sure now.

  12. Lil' d says:

    This one’s a definite maybe on my list of clothes I plan to make. I might build up my courage with other thinsg first, though.

  13. Tiffany Gowesky says:

    Love it, cannot wait to try and sew it, although I have much to finish before!
    Thanks for sharing!

  14. claudia says:

    It looks great!

  15. Robyn says:

    Can’t wait to try it – but I’m new to clothes making, so I am nervous!!

  16. Susan F. says:

    Great job! I do like the buttons, and the idea of wearing it layered in the winter. Beautiful sewing job, helpful review.

  17. amy m says:

    this turned out so cute!! i love reading these reviews.

  18. Nice review! I am definitely inspired to try this one.

  19. Teddi says:

    Lovely review – hadn’t considered the pattern until reading your review. I like your photos and after seeing how you made it up I think I’ll have to buy it! Thanks so much for taking your time to share!

  20. Love it!!! thanks for the review!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

  21. raesha says:

    Great review my friend!! I just realized I have that SAME fabric that you used…no wonder I love your tunic so much:):)

  22. Elizabeth says:

    I just saw this pattern the other day and I’m glad you reviewed it! Sounds like a challenge I could take on. And those buttons on the back are fabulous. Thanks!

  23. Stacy T says:

    So cute! Enjoyed the review!! Makes me want to try it for sure!! :D Thanks for your work/review! :D

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Your review gives me confidence to try something a little harder – Thanks!

  25. Ruth says:

    That is sooooo cute!

  26. Carol says:

    Thank you for the review! I love the fabric you chose.

  27. Libby says:

    I love the material used and the way the tunic fits.

  28. Shelley says:

    Very cute! Thanks for the review.

  29. Kristin says:

    Beautiful tunic! The buttons on the back look amazing. Great review too. Thank you so much, Stephanie. (Love the new red skirt too.)

  30. Julia D says:

    I love the fabric you chose! The button closure in the back is so very tempting…

  31. Courtney says:

    I’ve never tried sewing clothing before, but your introduction and this pattern review definitely makes mewant to try. Thanks for the encouragement! The tunic is lovely!

  32. Kate says:

    Great review – yours looks wonderful.

  33. heather w. says:

    looks great~!

  34. Amy says:

    wow that is just so pretty!

  35. Michele says:

    I’m just starting to sew clothes (mostly for my 14 month old daughter)…I’ve seen this pattern and I love it! Now I’m almost feeling brave enough to try it out!

  36. Amy says:

    Beautiful! I’m going to have to get the pattern!

  37. sara says:

    I love your version of the tunic and I visited your website and find it very inspiring!

  38. Shelly says:

    been thinking of getting this pattern ….I want to make it for my daughter, who is almost 16!! She would look great in it and I think I can do it. thanks for the review!

  39. sacie says:

    very nice love the color.

  40. lesley says:

    I’ve never been one to make clothes. It’s very intimidating for me. It’s nice to know that this could be done by a beginner. Thank you for the review!

  41. Katie says:

    Your top came out so cute! I just ordered the Anna pattern and I will definitely be referring to your tips when I make it. Thanks for a great review :-) I’m going to check out your blog now too!

  42. Mystele says:

    Oh, wow. What a gorgeous top. I’ve been toying with sewing my own threads for a while. This may have just cinched the deal for me! Love the fabric choice, too.

  43. Hyein says:

    looks very lovely.

  44. Michelle says:

    Stephanie, you are awesome! I think your tunic and photos are better and more flattering than the one on the front of the published pattern. I wouldn’t have taken a second look at it before, and now I’m seriously considering “taking the leap” into sewing clothing, too…

  45. Heather says:

    The buttons are very classy! Little touches and great fabric are what make the clothes for me.

  46. Lola says:

    I’ve looked at this pattern several times! I think it would be great on my daughter.
    Thanks for the review, and the tips!

  47. skmparis says:

    this is so nice, I love it!

  48. Mandy says:

    I was so inspired I bought this pattern after reading the review. Never made something for myself before, just kids clothes. Super Excited, thanks for the review!

  49. Kelli says:

    I am working on this now and am so thankful for this review. I haven’t sewn many clothing patterns and am so intimidated I’m not going to understand all the markings on this one. That said, I’m plowing forward.
    Thanks again!

  50. alison says:

    Excellent pattern review! I’ve been thinking about trying this Amy Butler pattern, but wasn’t sure about it, since I’ve heard both positive and negative about Amy Butler patterns. This one sounds do-able for me. Love the fabric choice!

  51. Alisha says:

    I love the fabric. Thanks for the great review.

  52. Katie b says:

    It looks great Stephanie! Wonderful review!

  53. mj says:

    Great job! Unfortunately I’ve got a lot of things to sew before I get to this, but maybe it can be my summertime goal!

  54. Joan says:

    I love this tunic and the fab ric is gorgeous. Thank you for the suggestions. I definitely want to try this pattern, you make it sound like something I can accomplish. Thanks for the review

  55. Lauren says:

    Love it! Those buttons on the back are such a nice touch!

  56. mary says:

    I just made the tunic with cap sleeves this weekend and I LOVE it! As someone just beginning to sew again after learning in when I was about 9 (4-H class) I only needed a little help with the zipper and the cap sleeves. I gathered the cap sleeves a little too much and need to redo the binding around them but can’t wait to make it one of my mainstay fashion pieces!!

  57. Liz says:

    Looks great!! Putting this on my “to sew” list.

  58. Mellissa says:

    Great review! I just bought this pattern and your review will be helpful in making it. Thanks so much! The tunic you made is just gorgeous.

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