I made this Anza tunic last summer and apart from sharing it during my wardrobe journey series I never gave it a dedicated post. Today as I was browsing Indiesew patterns, I noticed there weren’t any creations listed for it. With this being as great of a pattern as it is, I pulled these pictures from my archives so I could share what I like about it. They were hastily taken and you can read why on my Instagram post, but they do the job. Starting Monday January 7th, it will be shirt-making month over at Indiesew, and if you are trying to decide which shirt or shirt-dress to make I want to tell you why I think this is a great option.
The Anza comes in the options of a jumpsuit and a dress. I simply shortened the dress to a tunic. I picked the pattern because I wanted a nursing friendly dress, so button down was high on my list. I had been looking for a cinched waist because I wanted to accentuate my waist. If I don’t, then I look like a rectangle. This has elastic and a drawstring, so it’s comfortable and customizable.
I made it in tunic length because I didn’t have very much fabric. When I first started sewing for myself I didn’t buy fabric with patterns in mind, and this Cotton and Steel Zephyr Rayon (designed by Rashida Coleman Hale) is one of the first apparel fabrics I bought. It isn’t your typical stripe design, the repeat is actually quite large so it takes a little extra fabric to stripe match. The pattern itself is not a fabric hog.
I had been sketching out options to use this fabric with and at the time I wanted to pair it with bright-colored leggings. I never made the leggings however, and I’ve since struggled to pair this with anything in my closet except my cropped jeans. In part that is due to the black and white stripes and in part because a tunic is hard to wear in the summertime because it doesn’t work with a skirt or shorts. So despite my best efforts to plan my wardrobe by drawing things out, I didn’t create a very versatile piece, but I hope to remedy that, because the comfort level of this top in rayon is amazing!

I really like the wide facing along the placket and neckline. It adds a nice style line to the garment, but also provides great structure, which helps when making this out of fabric with such a soft hand. The simple design of the shirt also contributes to how quickly it comes together. The button placket is simpler than a traditional button down and there is no collar to mess with.
After I bought the pattern I remembered that I already owned the Sanibel Romper  (Also available at Indiesew). The Sanibel Romper is very similar to the Anza except it is a shorts romper and has two collar options including a stand collar, whereas the Anza is a V-neck. The Sanibel can be sleeveless, or long-sleeved and has more traditional dress shirt features. The Anza has a dropped shoulder with a cuff. The samples for the Sanibel are sewn in this same fabric design so check that out for an even comparison.
Had I remembered the Sanibel I would have gone with that and been happy, while also saving a few dollars, but I’m also very happy with this Anza. I now keep a Pinterest board of all the patterns I own to prevent myself from making this mistake again and also to help when planning out my future makes. I highly recommend doing that! I need the visual references over the pdf patterns folder on my computer.
Itch to Stitch patterns have cup sizing which I absolutely love. It really helps get the right fit. I knocked off one point for pattern assembly because the edges aren’t trued, which some designers do and others don’t. I think it helps with lining things up just right, but it isn’t too hard to true it yourself by lining the piececs up at the seam line.
Other adjustments were that I added 3″ to the bodice to account for my height and I did a broad back adjustment which probably isn’t necessary for a drop shoulder design.
Overall I am very pleased with this top and the pattern and I highly recommend it!
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  1. Thank you so much for this review! I have this pattern and have been nervous about making it, but now that I know I don’t need to bother with a broad back adjustment, I’m more excited to make it. Quick question – do you have a favourite t-shirt pattern? A lot of them seem to be made with narrow shoulders, and I definitely do not have those.

    • Thank you! I do have a favorite t-shirt pattern – The Union St. Tee by Hey June, but not because of wide shoulders. I think most t-shirt blocks won’t cater to wide shoulders, but once you find the right adjustment that works for you, you can make it over and over again. I think the Anza is great for broad shoulders, and so are raglan shirts. I just wrote a post about the Lane Raglan. https://sewjourners.net/2018/02/26/lane-raglan-and-hudson-pants/
      I don’t actually have broad shoulders, just a broad back, which doesn’t really affect the appearance of the fit, it mostly hinders arm movement in woven tops. I don’t have any trouble with knit tops. My husband has really broad shoulders though so I am familiar with the adjustments. I really like this book: http://amzn.to/2EVzgOu (#ad) But if you can hold out it is being updated right now.

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