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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