Pattern Review ~ Patricia Tunic, a Sis Boom PDF Sewing Pattern

on January 20 | in Products | by | with 16 Comments

Patricia Tunic Amanda got right to work with her version of the Patricia Tunic, and her review will help you feel comfortable with this Sis Boom PDF sewing pattern too. We’ve seen Sis Boom’s Jennifer Paganelli at Quilt Market wearing beautiful versions of this tunic, in her bright & cheerful prints. We also have many additional Sis Boom PDF patterns available in the shop, so check out the Molly Peasant Dress, Sophie Tunic, Emily Bell Sleeve Tunic, Meghan Peasant Dress, Shana Bell Sleeve and the Carly Baby Bubble Romper. You can learn more about Amanda in her introduction and you can visit her online home at Sasikirana Handmade.

Patricia Tunic, a Sis Boom PDF Sewing Pattern
This is a downloadable PDF tunic pattern with a contrast fabric facing option. You could make the tunic in different lengths ranging from 24″ to 36″. The sleeve options are straight sleeves with different lengths from cap sleeve to 25″ long or a long bell sleeves. The first time I opened the PDF pattern I was so surprised to see there’s 285 pages of it! It’s a good thing the designer has a table to show which pattern pages to print according to your size.
The pattern stated that you could use light to medium weight fabric. I used white linen for the main fabric and a quilting weight fabric from Denyse Schmidt’s new Hope Valley collection.

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One thing that I think is not satisfactory is the yardage requirement. For example, for size small I would need 3 yards of main fabric. Because I didn’t make the longest option available, I didn’t need that much yardage. My suggestion is print and assemble the pattern pieces first and lay them out on the floor so you could measure the exact yardage you need accordingly.

Fabric Recommendations
Any summery fabric would work well in this pattern, just make sure that the main fabric and contrast fabric are similar in weight. I would love to make this again in Anna Maria Horner’s voile.
Overall Design 3 stars
The tunic is nice and loose like the description, but way too loose for my taste. Next time, I would go down a size like the designer said to get a more form fitting tunic. For now, I would wear the tunic with cardigans, leggings, and boots. Later on in summer, with shorts and sandals.

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Sleeve pleats.


Written Instructions 3 stars
The instructions are nice and clear but I was more helped with the diagrams and pictures.

Diagrams / Images 4 stars
There’s a diagram or photo for every step so you really feel like there’s someone to guide you in every step.

Pattern Pieces 4 stars
There’s 6 pieces of pattern that you have to cut out and assemble together using glue, tape, or staple. I don’t have any trouble putting the paper pieces together. The designer clearly labeled each piece to show which one overlaps which. The pattern is easily printed again if you did something wrong with it the first time, or if you want to make it in a different size. For this PDF pattern, it’s not multiple sizes printed on one pages, instead it’s only a single size for each page you print. So for my size small and short sleeve option, I used 20 sheets of paper to print it out. For bigger sizes or longer sleeve options, you would certainly need more paper. Those pages didn’t include the instruction pages, I skipped them because they are around 70 pages long. I just put my laptop next to me while I was sewing.

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Back placket.

Overall Level of Difficulty Intermediate
I would suggest this pattern for an intermediate sewer. I sewed this tunic here and there in a few nights. You could surely made it in one weekend.

Tips + Modifications
  • I would make the sleeves fit closer to the body since it’s hanging very widely at the hem.

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Sleeve side slit.

  • The instructions told you to cut the neck opening before sewing it, but I sewed it first before making the cut. I didn’t find any measurements to the actual cut that you should make. I’m not sure if I missed it somewhere in the instructions but I just eyeballed it on myself and mark it on the fabric. And I only marked my facing fabric, instead of both facing and main fabric like the instruction stated.

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Placket detail, inside view.

  • The seam allowance is only 1/4″ compared to 5/8″ for the usual commercial pattern so you would have to cut the pattern precisely because there’s no wiggle room.
  • I didn’t miss much from the usual commercial tissue pattern, except for notches, which you can easily mark and cut yourself.

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I love the idea of a PDF pattern, you could print out only the sizes that you need and there’s plenty of options to make this tunic in a bunch of different styles. I’m seeing myself making it into a dress with the longest length option.
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16 Responses to Pattern Review ~ Patricia Tunic, a Sis Boom PDF Sewing Pattern

  1. Audrey says:

    I am intrigued that you sewed the placket before cutting the slit. I am making several little girl dresses that open on the back like the opening with this one, and I am having a hard time not getting the fabric to bunch up at the bottom of the slit as I go around it. I can’t see the detail in the picture you posted on the bottom of the slit, but would love to know how you sewed the bottom of the slit.

  2. naomig says:

    I’ve really been thinking about buying this pattern, I adore the fabric choices on the front of it. I was glad to read your review, it’s always nice to hear what someone else has to say before I proceed. 🙂

  3. liz says:

    i was skeptical at first w/ the pattern and fabric choice, but i think it looks really cute on with your black cardigan. i’ve been wondering about this pattern and the other one of her’s w/ the half circle neck. glad to see a YCMT pattern review. i’ve been burned on those before and they are sort of expensive! oh well, when you buy indie patterns you get indie sizes right?

  4. Amanda says:

    Ohhh! That looks like a fun pattern! I could lengthen it to make a nice summer dress!

  5. Alisha says:

    I actually prefer the pdf pattern. As a fairly new sewer, something about them just seemed less intimidating to me! I’ve made tons of clothes over the last few years using pdf patters bought online through!

  6. nod says:

    I appreciate the review and I love both the pattern fabrics and the review fabrics, but there is no info on the purchase page about size ranges. I’m a 2X usually, is that size included in the pattern?

  7. Haysie-Doodle says:

    I have used this pattern MANY times. Last summer I made one for myself using an old chenille quilt of my grandmother’s. Once my friends saw it, they all had to have a tunic. I have made size 0-2, up to 16-18W, and they all look great. I have also used most sizes of the accompanying children’s tunic for mother/daughter combos. I love the loose fit, especially because the princess seams in the front give a definition to the waist. I highly recommend this pattern, and all the others by Jennifer and Carla.

  8. Shannon says:

    I have several of these tunics in my closet that I wear ALL the time! I found when I read the directions thoroughly and followed the instructions regarding fit, I was able to stitch up a tunic that fit me perfectly. I found that this pattern stitches up so quickly and easily, that I can make several in a days time.
    One thing that I like to do with PDF patterns is upload the pages that contain the instructions to a printing location (I personally use Kinkos) and have it printed and bound. I then have the complete directions ready for use when I’m ready for them. It works very well for me.

  9. ~Helena~ says:

    Thanks for the review, it came out cute. I like the idea of paper vs. tissue paper and the idea of only print your size option.

  10. Panamomma says:

    I have made this particular tunic only once so far, but I am very happy with it. It is very comfortable and I found the instructions to be easy to work with. It does require a lot of fabric, but I wear it frequently which is the true test.

  11. thanks for this review because I just bought this pattern, and was at first shocked at the number of pages. I saved it to CD and will take your advice as I sew it. Thanks!

  12. Jen says:

    I’ve yet to make any clothes beyond baby skirts and probably wouldn’t have considered buying this pattern if it weren’t for this review and, in particular, your fabric choices over the ones on the pattern. I much prefer the look of yours to the one on the front of the pattern and I’m going to buy it now. Who knows maybe I’ll start making myself clothes soon… maybe…

  13. Great pattern review! I love how the tunic looks on you! I might have to add this pattern to my wish list.

  14. Ginger says:

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been eying this pattern for a while and it’s nice to hear from someone who has actually made it.

  15. beth says:

    What I want to know is…where did you get your boots?! Love. them. The tunic is nice, too. Thanks for a helpful review.

  16. Pat says:

    Morning, I love the idea of a PDF pattern as well. I have purchased several of those offered by Jennifer Paganelli. I find that I always change a pattern to meet my own personal style.My objection to the PDF pattern is the cost. I think it should be considerably less than that of a printed pattern as you are having to expend more money and time to print it yourself. Just something to think about…a print for the printed pattern and a price for the PDF…I have seen this starting to happen. Make it a great day! Pat

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