A Review of the The Weekender Tunic PDF Pattern by 5 out of 4 Patterns.
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Its described on the 5 out of 4 website as:
A tunic pattern for any season! There are so many options you could have a different tunic for every day of the week. This pattern can easily transition between the seasons and be dressed up or down. Depending on the options you pick and the fabric, you could make a cosy sweater or a swim cover up!
There are many options included with The Weekender Tunic which I really like in a pattern. PDF patterns are generally cheaper than printed patterns and often have many options within, making them great value for money. It is recommended that you use light to medium weight fabric with at least 25% stretch.
Short sleeve and long sleeve
Loose and skinny sleeve
Thumb hole cuffs, hemmed sleeves, or rolled sleeves
Hood, funnel neck, crew neck, or scoop neck
Placket with lace up detail
Regular hem, high-low hem and banded hem.
For my first Weekender Tunic I chose to make long loose sleeves with a funnel neck and regular hem. The finished length is 75cm so I added an extra 7.5cm at the hem because I wanted more coverage. The sleeves ended up being a bit too long so I added a small cuff. I was very pleased with the finish and have worn the pink Weekender Tunic a lot over the year - hence the bobbles in the photographs!
I had picked up some really soft waffle knit from Loris Textiles without a pattern in mind but it seemed like a perfect match for another Weekender Tunic. It is a medium weight knit with 25% stretch so I knew it would have a different finish and look to my first Weekender. Because this is a more stable knit I thought it would be perfect to add the hood this time. A great throw-over to wear when walking the dog on a cold morning!
The Weekender Tunic is meant to be a loose fit and is based mainly on bust size. I made Large and its true to size for me. I still added 7.5cm to the length even though I'm 5'4" because I prefer a tunic to come half way down my thighs so I can wear it comfortably over leggings.
The tutorial is very clearly laid out with lots of hints and tips - I made the most simple version so its a really quick sew. Its recommended that you put clear elastic in the shoulder seams but I didn't because the fabric I used is quite stable without any weight. I liked the fact that the tutorial gave instructions to French Seam the hood down its centre seam so there are no raw edges visible. I chose to top-stitch the hood around the neckline too just to keep the seam laying flat.
When I tried the Weekender on the sleeves were too long but I didn't want to add a cuff because I wanted the sleeves to be loose enough to layer over other items of clothing. Therefore I took 4cm out of the length and finished with a simple hem. There is a shorten/lengthen line on the sleeve pattern piece but I haven't adjusted that as I think it really depends on the fabric chosen.
I was really pleased with the finished Weekender Tunic but I really wished that I'd added pockets. This version is a sturdier knit with a hood and is longer than the intended design so its really more like outerwear. I didn't feel that I wanted to unpick the side seams so decided to add a kangaroo pocket.
I made a pattern for the kangaroo pocket based on other designs I have seen and the width of my Weekender Tunic. I used red bias tape to finish the curved edges and then serged the remaining straight sides before folding them under. The fold wouldn't remain in place after pressing as this fabric is quite springy so I sewed it down with a zig zag stitch. I then positioned the pocket and topstitched it in place. Obviously, it would be much easier to add the pocket to the front piece before construction rather than after but I just about managed to manoeuvre it around my sewing machine.
As an extra touch I decided to add an embellishment to the back of The Weekender Tunic that can only be seen when the hood is up and worn. This is an iron-on patch but I also sewed around the edge for extra security.
Overall, I am very happy with my Weekender Tunic and know its going to be the perfect thing to wear for walking the dog or popping to the shops. I'm really pleased that I went to the effort of adding the pocket after construction because its ideal for keys and a phone.
Final Thoughts: A great pattern to have in your collection due to the number of options available and wearability.