Agnes Tunic


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This dress is an over the head easy to wear everyday tunic. Loose fitting with two patch pockets, a loop and button opening at the front and a simple shape suitable to be made in a variety of fabrics such as cotton, viscose, denim or linen.

Materials required: Fabric 150cm wide (with or without nap) you need: 1.70m 

Fabric 112cm wide (with or without nap) you need: 2 m

 Light or med weight fusible interfacing 25cm,

  • A reel of thread

  • 1 button (2cm)

  •  Equipment  required:
  • A chunky sewing needle,
  • A poking tool.
  •  All seams are 1cm unless otherwise specified.
  • Finish all raw edges with a zig zag or overlocker.

AGNES TUNIC layout and size guide

 SIZE GUIDE : SMALL = 8-10, MED = 12-14, LARGE = 16-18. 

Finished garment length (inc 3cm hem) from back neck = 90cm (35.5”)




CUTTING OUT THE PATTERN PIECES –Fold your fabric lengthways with the wrong sides facing together (WST). Press. Lay flat on a table. Now lay out the pattern pieces as shown in the Layout diag 1  according to your fabric width.

Sizes are marked along the outer edge of the pattern pieces, so check for your size line.If your fabric pattern has a direction, place the pieces the right way up.

  • Pieces (1), (2), (3), (4) cut one piece lining up the pattern to the fold of the fabric.
  • Piece (5) cut two pieces with the pattern lined up to the fold of the fabric.
  • Piece (6) cut one on folded fabric so you have two pieces and
  • Piece (7) cut one on a single layer of fabric on the diagonal of the fabric grain.

Interfacing: Cut out another front and back facing piece (3) and (4) in interfacing. Iron to the reverse of the facing pieces.


SEWING THE SHOULDER SEAMS-Pin FRONT (1) to BACK (2) at shoulder seams with right sides of fabric facing each other (RST). Stitch a 1cm seam along shoulder seams. Finish the raw side edges of shoulder seams with a machine zig zag stitch or overlock to stop them fraying. Press seams to back.


MAKING THE ROULEAU- Fold over piece (7) longways with RST, stitch along the long open side with a 1cm seam allowance, leave a long thread end. Trim your seam allowance down to 0.5cm. Tie the long thread end on to the eye of a chunky needle with a rounded point and push through the rouleau and pull so it turns inside out. Place to     one side.



NECK FACINGS-After ironing on the interfacing to the reverse side of the facing pieces mark the CF line on the front facing as shown on the template with a pencil. Now, stitch FRONT FACING (3) to BACK FACING (4) at short side seams with a 1cm seam allowance.

Press seam open, then zig zag raw outer edge all around. Pin, then tack stitch facing piece to tunic at neck raw edge with RST, matching up the side seams first then pinning all around, make sure the front opening part is matched up to the centre front line. Remove pins. Sew a 1cm seam all around neck edge.



MAKING THE OPENINGRemove tacking stitches. With pins to hold front facing in place, draw a line with tailors chalk or a fine pencil line either side of front opening as shown, then stitch along this line round and up with a 4mm (1/4” seam allowance) following stitch line as indicated on the pattern. Cut down centre line to marker as indicated on pattern. Nick all curved edges around neck edge. Snip across corners and into the lower section of opening at front taking care not to cut any stitching.


INSERTING THE ROULEAUStitch rip open the seam just a few stitches 1cm down on one side of centre line just enough to poke through your rouleau loop into the seam with the loop facing away from centre.  Adjust to the desired size for your button, you can trim off any excess afterwards, then stitch together seam again. Trim off excess loop ends.


Turn the facing right side out pushing out corners and press seam. Stitch a few hand stitches at inside shoulder seam allowance to secure facing to garment. Finally sew on a lovely button.



ATTACHING THE SLEEVESNow we sew on the sleeves. Take the sleeve piece and matching up the notches, pin to body at sleeve edge with RST. Stitch a 1cm seam along each side then finish raw edges. Press seams up towards dress. Repeat for other sleeve.


SEWING UP THE TUNIC –If you are inserting back ties, cut two strips 8cm x 70cm stitch your ties first by folding the tie pieces in half lengthways, then stitch a 1cm seam down one long open side and one short side. Trim across the corners then turn inside out using same method as the rouleau.

Pin the raw tie ends at each dress front side seams, raw edges matching. Tack stitch in place. Pin dress together at the side seams with the RST, stitch a 1cm seam along sides and up to the sleeve then finish the raw edges. Clip curved edges at side seams below armhole.


HEMMING-Nearly there now, so to hem the sleeve, press over 1cm (3/8th”), then again 2cm (1/2”). Pin all around, then stitch close to inner fold to make a hem (NB remove front table on machine to insert sleeve). Turn up lower hem of dress to required length and hem as before.


POCKETS 1Zig zag finish the raw edges on 3 sides of each pocket pieces, leaving one short edge unfinished. Fold over 1cm on this unfinished edge and press, then fold another 2cm and press, then stitch to form a hem at top edge of each pocket. Fold over and press each zig zagged side 1cm.


POCKETS 2-Place the pockets in the desired position, pin then tack stitch by hand. Stitch on the machine around the three sides reinforcing the stitches at the top with some reverse stitching.

Ta dah! One lovely tunic!