The Simple Sew Anneka Tunic

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Now that the summer weather is coming, I  am still on the lookout for new patterns for summer dresses to try. But I do like to stick to one particular rule: they must have pockets! The range of sewing patterns from Simple Sew seem to suit my style and size. So I decided to try the Simple Sew Anneka tunic.

The Simple Sew Anneka Tunic

The Simple Sew Zoe Anneka Tunic pattern. What I thought of the pattern and how I made it. Wearable toile. The sleeveless dress has pockets. Why not sew your own. Perfect beginner's dress pattern for novice sewers. Easy sewing project for dress makers. #sewing #sewingtips #easysewingpattern #novicesewing #easydresspattern #beginnerssewingpattern #simplesew

The Simple Sew Anneka Tunic is marked as a pattern for a beginner. It gives finished garment measurements on the back, which I always find so useful. I always make a wearable toile (find out why in this post) , but it does still amaze me how much I have to adjust patterns sometimes.

Picture of the Simple Sew Anneka Tunic pattern sleeve

The pattern comes in size 8-20. The pattern states that it can be made in winter and summer weighted fabric to make it relevant for all seasons. Suggested fabrics for winter include denim, wool blends and tweed. But for summer they reccomend linens and cotton. I wanted a lovely summer dress, so decided to make a wearable toile in this flamingo chambray fabric.

I used the offcuts of this fabric to make my little girl dress with pockets.

Cutting Instructions

I cut the size 20 based on the finished garment sizes.

The layout and cutting plan in the instructions for the dress are really easy to work out and see. There are only 3 pattern pieces creating 4 fabric dress pieces. Which makes it such a quick make. But the pattern also calls for bias binding tape to finish the neck and armholes.

Sewing Up The Pattern

Sewing up the Simple Sew Anneka Tunic is also really quite easy. Not only are the instructions really good, but all my cut pattern pieces went together perfectly. Firstly you prepare the pockets and sew them to the front panel. Then you create large front and rear darts for both the back and front panels. Sew the front and back pieces together. Bias bind around the neck and armholes and the dress is done!

Before and after a belt added

Actually, at this point I was glad that I had made a wearable toile, as the armhole for me was very large. I ended up putting a dart into the armhole towards the bust to remove the excess material from this area. And because you are bias binding the armhole rather than putting a sleeve in, this makes no difference to the finish.

Bust dart in armhole

Finishing Touches

Actually, as you can see from the picture above, I wasn’t entirely happy with the dress once finished according to the instructions. It was very flared. It fitted me at the bust brilliantly, but was very big on the waist and hips. Some people may like their dresses to be like this. But for me I felt it needed more. So I made a belt from the same fabric to bring it all in at the waist. You could also add belt loops.

The Simple Sew Zoe Anneka Tunic pattern. What I thought of the pattern and how I made it. Wearable toile. The sleeveless dress has pockets. Why not sew your own. Perfect beginner's dress pattern for novice sewers. Easy sewing project for dress makers. #sewing #sewingtips #easysewingpattern #novicesewing #easydresspattern #beginnerssewingpattern #simplesew

 

The Finished Dress

I love this dress. It is a brilliant example of a beginners pattern. It is very easy to make. For a more expert sewist I am sure it can be made in a couple of hours quite easily. It is also incredibly easy to wear. A pull over the head, throw-over style. Even suits me as a larger size 18 lady. It’s perfect for those summer days that we are promised.

The only fiddly things for me were placing the extra dart and adding a belt.

The pockets are a great size – I could even fit a paperback book in one!

I did find the dress to be quite long. It is below the knee by a number of inches. Even though the front of the pattern shows the design as being knee length. This does not bother me, but you may wish it to be shorter.

I made the dress once more, this time a size smaller and in this wonderful bright floral cotton.

The Simple Sew Zoe Anneka Tunic pattern. What I thought of the pattern and how I made it. Wearable toile. The sleeveless dress has pockets. Why not sew your own. Perfect beginner's dress pattern for novice sewers. Easy sewing project for dress makers. #sewing #sewingtips #easysewingpattern #novicesewing #easydresspattern #beginnerssewingpattern #simplesew

I have yet to try and make it in a tweed or wool. I can see how this would work, and I am sure that they would look brilliant over a long sleeved top and opaque tights for a winter outfit.

I do like Simple Sew patterns – see my version of their Zoe Dress here

Fancy getting your hands on this pattern? Buy it here!

Minerva fabrics have some great cottons.

Why not pin this post for later?

The Simple Sew Zoe Anneka Tunic pattern. What I thought of the pattern and how I made it. Wearable toile. The sleeveless dress has pockets. Why not sew your own. Perfect beginner's dress pattern for novice sewers. Easy sewing project for dress makers. #sewing #sewingtips #easysewingpattern #novicesewing #easydresspattern #beginnerssewingpattern #simplesew

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10 Replies to “The Simple Sew Anneka Tunic”

  1. Rachel George says:

    Learning to sew is definitely on my list! I would love to be able to make clothes for myself but also for my son. He is a full time wheelchair user and clothes don’t always sit quite right on him. #KCACOLS

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I do enjoy my sewing. It is great to find patterns to suit my shape.

      Reply
  2. Jade says:

    A lovely summer dress and so handy with the pockets, Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

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    1. Ruth - Mummy and the Mexicans says:

      How wonderful to be able to make your own clothes! I don’t own a sewing machine so I’m unlikely to be doing any sewing in the near future. But I remember my mum making clothes for me and my sister when we were little and it would be lovely to be able to do that. The dress you made looks great! Thanks for linking up with #kcacols.

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      1. Jo Boyne says:

        Thank you. It is lovely to be able to make things for my little one as well as myself.

        Reply
  3. Cassie - aka Gorgeous George’s Mama says:

    You must at sub a huge sense of satisfaction from making and wearing your own clothes. My mum always used to make her own and blow her wages on one piece of fabric back in the day. I really must get her to teach me before it’s too late. The dresses are lovely by the way. #KCACOLS

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    1. Jo Boyne says:

      It is a very satisfying feeling to know that I made it, yes. And I enjoy showing my own mum, who like yours also made her own when she was my age.

      Reply
  4. Sarah-Marie says:

    What a lovely dress. Perfect for the summer with a pair of leggings or in the winter with tights! #KCACOLS

    Reply

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