I absolutely adore wearing this tunic, its stylish, light and airy, roomy due to its pleat at the front neckline and has two gigantic pockets at the side. Its a perfect holiday tunic or perfect for just about any occasion.

I made Hilda in hand block printed Indian Indigo cotton, which I think works so well. Hilda suits fabrics such as linen, viscose challis, lightweight cotton or any medium to lightweight fabric that drapes nicely.

You can purchase here: Hilda tunic patternScreen Shot 2018-07-16 at 16.47.18

Front                                                    Back

SIZE INFOScreen Shot 2018-07-29 at 14.18.39FINISHED GARMENT MEASUREMENTSScreen Shot 2018-07-29 at 15.46.21FABRIC REQUIREMENTS (metres)Screen Shot 2018-07-29 at 16.03.37


Firstly iron all your fabric pieces and cut out the following using the Layplans as a guide:

FRONT (1): Cut one piece with pattern lined up to the fold of the fabric.

FRONT FACING (3) & BACK FACING (4): Cut one piece with pattern lined up to the fold of the fabric. Back both pieces with fusible interfacing.

SLEEVE (5): Cut two on fold of fabric.

POCKET (6): Cut four (i.e. two pairs)

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Seam allowance is 1cm which is included on the pattern. Finish all raw edges with an overlocker or zig zag stitch. Press in between stages of sewing to obtain a better finish.

RST= Right sides together. WST= Wrong sides together. 

  1. MAKING THE FRONT PLEATIMG_9639Make an inverted box pleat at the centre front neckline as shown on the template. Stay stitch all around 5mm from the raw edge to secure the pleats. Here is a diagram to help you….

diag 1

2. POCKETSIMG_9643Next pin your pockets at each side of front and back with the RST in position as shown on the template.IMG_9645Sew down each straight side of the pockets (Nb seam allowance is 1cm).

Press pocket away from the tunic. Then top stitch the seam line 3mm approx on the pocket side.IMG_9646IMG_96473. SEWING THE FRONT AND BACK TOGETHER

Now pin then sew the front to the back at the shoulders with the RST. Finish the raw edge, press towards the back.IMG_9650IMG_9648below shows the reverse side view …IMG_9649

4. MAKING THE NECK FACINGIMG_9652 With both facing pieces interfaced on the reverse side, pin then sew them together at the short sides with the RST. Press the seam allowances open.IMG_9654Finish the raw outer edge only all around.IMG_9656Pin the neck facing to the neck raw edge with the RST, aligning the cross seams at each shoulder. Sew all around. IMG_9660Nick the seam allowance at the curved edges with small V’s and reduce the bulky side seam allowances to 5mm.IMG_9664

Turn the neck facing to the reverse side, press so that the fold is aligned with the seam line all around.

IMG_9661Secure each side of the neck facing at the shoulder seam allowance with a few hand stitches to secure in position. Heres a tip: if you have some wondaweb why not sandwich a few pieces here and there underneath all around and press to secure the facing a little more in position.

5. SEWING THE SLEEVESIMG_9665Pin the sleeve curved edge to the body at sleeve edge with the RST. Sew. Finish raw edge. IMG_9666Press the seam allowance towards sleeve. Top stitch on the right side 3mm from the seam line on the sleeve side.


IMG_9669With RST, pin the front to back at the sides, under arms and all around pockets. Sew. Finish raw edges. Press.IMG_9673 Just a couple of snips under the arm at the seam allowance will prevent it bunching up.IMG_9670

Fold over 1cm then make a 4cm hem at the sleeve edge. Sew close (3mm approx ) to the inner fold.IMG_9671

Fold over 1cm then make a 2cm hem at the lower edge and stitch as before or hem to the desired length. If you want to keep the tunic as long as possible you could hem it using bias seam binding. Finally give your tunic a good press.

Ta daH!!!!   There you have it! Heres one I made earlier in lovely black linen.Screen Shot 2018-07-29 at 21.44.42

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