I was so excited to test the Ania Tunic from Olga Becker at Coffee and Thread. I saw the versatility to the this pattern right away and, yet again, ahem, I was right! I’m just kidding, I’m not one to gloat. But, when you’re right, you’re right. Moving onto the matter at hand: The Amazing Ania Tunic
The pattern boasts many different options and since I personally function best when given lists (am I right?!) I’ve tabulated this pattern’s advantages as follows:
- A short sleeve and long sleeve option. This option gives the pattern year-round versatility. Since we’re entering the summer months here, I made the short-sleeve version and the three (yes, three) that I made have become the primary staple in her summer wardrobe. The long sleeve option is going to be perfect for autumn time apple-picking and winter time cookie-decorating.
- Optional pockets. What kid doesn’t love pockets? I won’t even go into the random things that I’ve found in Lyla’s pockets….I’ll just say that she puts them to use and your girl will, too, with these perfect, bow-festooned stash spots! The bow is optional on the woven version.
- A lined and unlined bodice. The woven version has a lined bodice and the knit version is unlined giving this option a more casual appearance. One of my favorite aspects of this pattern was the technique explaining how to provide a clean finish on the inside of the garment where the bodice meets the skirt. As opposed to the typical approach of serging or zigzagging the bodice and the skirt together, you’re provided instruction on a much cleaner finish. What’s the saying? The inside of the garment should be as beautiful as the outside. Well, mission accomplished with this technique I learned. Additionally, with both knit and woven versions, having a bodice gives you a contrasting option. As you can see, I’m a fan of contrasting bodices on my woven versions. I think it gives a dynamic component to the garment that makes it stand out.
- Sporty vs dressy. This pattern can easily transition from a formal piano recital to an afternoon at the playground. I found that the woven version had a different feel (literally and figuratively) than the knit version. The drape and flow of the skirt of the woven just seemed dressier and the knit version was sportier….although Lyla did wear her woven version to the park last night. So, scratch that, both versions are extremely versatile! Bonus!
Admittedly, I tend to get really excited when I get picked for a pattern testing team (and I loved the pattern) so I ended up making three of these precious tunics. I made two woven versions and one knit. Be sure to check out all of the tester photos on Instagram at #aniatunic. The pattern is on sale right now for only $6 and only until June 6th! So, click here, and get your girl’s wardrobe filled with this beautiful tunic!
Happy Tunic Making!