The perfect go-to for Sunday walks, this cosy tunic by Amanda Walker features contrast pockets and neck lining plus a dropped waistline that is slightly curved for interest. Ponte Roma is an easy knit fabric to work with that skims over your body and doesn’t crease. Stay tape is used here to stabilise the base and cuffs, but if you don’t have any you can easily substitute hemming tape or interfacing.
- Ponte Roma, 1.4m pink and 30cm grey (1.5m wide)
- Stay tape
- MAIN FABRIC
- Front bodice: cut one on the fold
- Back bodice: cut one on the fold
- Front skirt: cut one on the fold
- Back skirt: cut one on the fold
- Sleeve: cut one pair
- CONTRAST FABRIC
- Collar facing: cut two on the fold
- Pocket: cut one pair
- 1.5cm seam allowance used throughout.
1 Download and print the pattern at sewmag.co.uk/templates, then cut out the pieces according to the cutting guide and transfer any markings. Match the front and back bodice pieces right sides together, then pin and sew the shoulder and neck seams. Clip the curved seam allowance.
2 Join the collar facing pieces right sides together at the short edges, then turn right sides out. Match the bodice neck and collar facing pieces, right sides together, then stitch around the top of the neckline. Turn the collar facing inside the garment, press, then hand stitch the bottom of the facing to the main bodice at the side seams.
3 Pin the pockets in place at the notches on the base of the front bodice, right sides together, matching the curved raw edges. Sew across, beginning and ending 1.5cm from each edge. Repeat the process with the opposite edge of the pockets and the front skirt piece.
4 Lay the front bodice and front skirt pieces right sides together, then pin and stitch between and on either side of the pockets. Sew down each side of the pocket pieces. Pin and sew the back bodice and back skirt pieces together.
5 Place a sleeve on top of the bodice, matching the notch in the head to the shoulder seam. Pin right sides together, stitch around the armhole, then turn right sides out. Repeat for the second sleeve. Match and pin the underarm and side seams of the bodice and skirt, right sides together, aligning the waistline seams accurately.
6 Sew each underarm and side seam in one continuous line, then clip the curved seam allowances. Fold a 4cm hem at the base of the skirt, slip stay tape inside, then press. Sew in place close to the raw edge. Repeat for each sleeve cuff, folding over 3cm.