The Perfect Tunic: Simplicity 8295



One of my coworkers and repeat customer wanted a classic tunic style top. I showed her a couple of options and she selected Simplicity 8295, pointing out that she preferred View C minus the lace up neckline.

I sewed view C minus the lace up detail.

This project was my first time tackling cuffs and collar. Typically I wouldn’t attempt a new technique for an order, but she assured me she believed I could do it and that if I failed I could just hack the sleeves off and make the short sleeve version. Thankfully I actually made the SewSewDef Katie Shirtdress  before this project so I had a pretty good grip on the collar.


To my surprise the cuffs weren’t that bad, though I had to redo the placket (is that what the little band is called?)  a few times to get it just right. I also had to pull out my old Singer Precision because my Singer Stylist just does not like buttonholes. Other than that the pattern was a breeze.

Cuff detail


She was thrilled with the tunic and even wore it to work the next day. I am thinking I’ll have to make her a few more in some other staple colors like white and black. She loved the feel of the linen look fabric that she selected from Joann. I’m not sure if this is the Calla Green Sew Classic Linen Look Fabric or the Palm green Sew Classic Amaretto Linen Look Solid, but it’s definitely on of them. It is a great weight for this tunic structured enough to hold the shape but light enough to wear through a few seasons.

Sleeve detail


I ended up liking it more than I had planned and now View B is on my fall ToSew list.

Pattern:  Simplicity 8285

Pattern Description: This tunic or dress Inspired by Project Runway features optional lace up or trim at the neckline. Make the tunic length to wear over skinny jeans or dress length for a casual event.

Sizing: 6-14, 14-22

Difficulty: 3/intermediate

Fabric Used: Green linen look from Joann

Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

Likes:  Perfect classic tunic style. There are sleeve, neckline and length options.

Dislikes: None

Pattern alterations or any design changes made: None

Would I sew it again? Yes, I’d like to make the dress for myself

Would I recommend it to others? Yes, if you are looking for a classic tunic

Conclusion: Classic tunic style

4 responses to “The Perfect Tunic: Simplicity 8295”

  1. […] someone and then realized you love it. Well that happened to me with Simplicity 8295. I made this tunic for a customer and she loved it, turned out I loved it too. Since then I’ve been meaning to […]


  2. […] classic tunic is a staple I don’t have in my closet. I have made the pattern for a customer (here), but never for myself. It’s time to change that, this one is blank because I have no idea […]


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