The first time I made this Boho Chic Tunic pattern, I had just turned 15 years old. Originally a dress, I decided to remake and share it with you. For me, it represents freedom which is why I wanted you to have it.
Long ago, at a time when my parents were not getting along, my father worked far from home and would only come every 3 months. My mother was in charge of a household and 5 kids and a very small business, so you can imagine her day. I wanted to go to a school party and my sister wanted to come with me. Needless to say, money for new outfits to go to school parties was not in the budget. My mother always happy to help said: “I can only give you 5 dollars, see what you can do for you and your sister with that.” I ran to the closest shop on our side of our small town and I purchased 4 meters of fabric. I already had little thread, elastic and lace at home.
I made a tunic for my sister and a dress for myself with the same pattern, two different fabrics, 2 different outfits no one ever noticed. By the time I finished the outfits my father had come home. He was not supposed to be back that weekend and he was none too pleased to learn about the school dance and he said we couldn't go. Instead, he said please make a big pot of coffee as someone is coming to see about buying a horse. If by any chance you grew up in a small farming town, you would know that it is not a thing that happens fast –it takes a few hours of coffee, conversation and much observation of the horse before the transaction is concluded.
So my sister and I decided to escape through the window. We jumped on our bicycles and went to the dance. When I close my eyes, I can still remember the cool air through my hair and the excitement of showing up with a new outfit and potentially getting caught. We had a great time at the dance. On our return home, Alas! the window was locked, so we had no choice but to use the front door. Needless to say, we were grounded for a month. But it was so worth it.
I have made the tunic a few times here and there, but I still remember the first time I wore it. I felt free! This is a super easy boho chic tunic, I recommend this project for a first-time sewer, young or mature, it doesn't really matter.
So what is Boho Chic anyway? Please check out our background article from earlier this week.
- 2 to 3 yards of Japanese lawn, voile or silk
- 3/8″ to 1/4″ elastic, enough to go around the shoulders and the sleeves
- 1 3/4″ lace for the bottom
- 2 yards of cotton cord or a belt
- sewing machine
- serger (optional)
I have tried to save you paper, hence the weird layout that might cause some confusion.
See next page for pattern download.