This is a tunic that is so easy to make that you will want to make many in different colors. This pattern would make a good project for those looking for their first garment.
The only slightly tricky part is applying bias tape to the v-neck which is why we've created a separate tutorial on that to make sure anyone and everyone can succeed at this project.
Last week we had the pleated blouse and many of you asked about elongating the sleeves so the arms will not show as much. We've tried to address that request in this new design. This tunic has a very loose fit, is very easy to make and easy to wear. Dress it up or down to be perfect for any occasion.
This tunic makes an awesome mini dress if you make it a couple sizes too big.
- Quick and easy to sew
- Relaxed and easy fit
- Longer length – pick your own length
- Fuller sleeves
- Option to leave open at the bottom to accommodate different body shapes
- Large range of sizes, 10 to 24
- 1 3/4 to 3 yards of challis, rayon crepe, crepe de chine, satin back crepe, viscose or printed silk. These links have a show suggested fabric designs as well.
- satin bias tape, bought or make your own continuous bias binding tape.
- thread to match
- sewing machine
- serger (optional)
Download the Pattern
Pattern Pieces and Layout
- 2 backs
- 1 front cut on fold
Pattern sizes are from 10 to 24.
For assistance with downloading and printing PDF sewing patterns, please refer to the tutorials below.
Step One: Sew the Back
Pin back pieces together with print facing each other. Sew the back at 5/8″ and use your serger or a zigzag stitch to finish the seams.
Step Two: Sew the Shoulders
Attach the front to the back by placing front side facing up, (print side up) and back side with print facing down, and sew the shoulder and finish the seam with your serger or zigzag if you prefer.
Step Three: Apply Bias Tape to the V-neck
Please visit our tutorial on how to learn the easy way to apply bias tape to a v-neck for a more comprehensive look at this technique.
Pin the bias on the right side of the fabric. Start at the shoulder seam when you get to the V mark a point straight down from V with of the seam of your bias tape.
Sew the tape to that point and pivot your fabric and continue sewing the tape around the neck.
Pin the bias tape all around the neck and sew following the crease of the first fold of your bias tape.
Iron the tape and all seams of the neckline upward. This will make it easier for you to sew the other side more accurately.
Cut a small notch at the point of the V-neck but stop about 3mm from the seam.Sew the bias tape all around the neck on the right side of the tunic. Be very careful to sew on the tape close to the edge making sure you catch the back side of the tape.
Turn the tunic inside out and fold the neckline in half. You will sew a small stitch line to make the bias tape take the shape of a V and the neckline lie flat.
Back view of the neck line.
Front view of the neckline.
Step Four: Finishing Your Easy Tunic.
Sew the sides starting at the sleeves. Finish the seams by zigzag or using your serger. While you are at the serger, serge the sleeves and the hem. Fold the hem of the sleeves by 5/8″ and sew.
Fold the hem 1/2″ then another 1/2″ and sew. Press all seams after sewing and you are done!
In four easy steps we have done a very easy but super attractive tunic. This tunic is perfect for running errands and when you need to run out of the house in a hurry. Add some jewelry and heels and you are ready for lunch with the girls or a pair of leggings for a walk in the park.
If you need more room at the bottom of the tunic because you have a pear shape body, sew the sides leaving a 10″ gap at the bottom. However, this means you will have to hem the front and bottom separately.