Boho Chic Tunic Free Pattern Plus Tutorial

Boho Chic TunicThe 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 three months.  My mother was in charge of a household and five 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 five 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 four meters of fabric.  I already had little thread, elastic and lace at home.

Boho Chic TunicI 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.

Boho Chic Tunic

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.

So what is Boho Chic anyway?

Materials

Pattern layout

I have tried to save you paper, hence the weird layout that might cause some confusion.Boho Chic Tunic

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Cutting the Pattern

  • Prepare the fabric by washing it and drying it before you cut it.  For more tips on mistakes to avoid when cutting fabric, please check out our tutorial on the topic.
  • There are 21 pages to the pattern.
  • Please cut the back on a fold.  Cut 2 fronts.  There will be a seam on the front.
  • Cut 2 sleeves

Finished Garment Measurements

Boho Chic Tunic measurements

Making your Boho Chic Tunic

This a very easy tunic to make, the pattern has only three pieces and we will start by sewing the sides.

Take the back piece, print side up.Boho Chic TunicPlace the 2 front parts and sew the sides, use the serger or zig-zag to clean the seams and iron the sides.Untitled design(30) Before we can continue, we have to work on the sleeves.  The short side is the front and the high side is back.Boho Chic Tunic Sew the sides of the sleeves and use the serger or zigzag.  Iron the seams.Boho Chic Tunic Lay the back and front of the blouse and observe the shape of the armhole one side is higher than the other.Boho Chic Tunic Place the sleeve print side together and pin the sleeves.Boho Chic TunicUntitled design(18)

Use the serger or zigzag and iron the seams.  Next, we will work on the neck.

Making the neck of your Boho Chic Tunic

Untitled design(25)Fold the edge of the neckline to 1/4″ and iron, fold again 1/2″ and iron.

Untitled design(19)Fold again 1/2″ and iron.Untitled design(20) Cut a piece of elastic the size of your shoulders tight enough to hold the tunic up but not so tight that when you lift your arms that the tunic rides up.  Pin the elastic to the neckline.  This is the quickest way to attach the elastic. Untitled design(21)Fold the edge over the elastic and top stitch the edge.Untitled design(22) Pull the elastic as you sew.  For a better understanding of this technique watch our video on sewing pajama shorts for men where I explain and demonstrate how to do this. Untitled design(24)Sew the fronts together and iron the seams open.  Leave a small opening to attach a string or ribbon as a closer. Untitled design(26)

Making the waist

The next step is making a casing for the belt or cord for the tunic and it is optional.  However, I would suggest doing it to stop the belt or cord of the tunic from riding up.  Cut a strip that will become the casing of 2″x 18″, fold the edges 1/4″ and iron.  Pin the casing to the back where the waist is and sew at 1/8″ seam from the edge.Boho Chic TunicUntitled design(27)Untitled design(28)

Finishing the sleeves

Lastly, attach the elastic to the sleeves in the same manner you did the neck.  Fold the edge of the sleeve at 3/8″ and iron.Untitled design(31)

Pin the elastic and fold another 1/2″, and sew very close to the edge.Boho Chic TunicUntitled design(35)Boho Chic Tunic

Finishing the hem and lace of your boho chic tunic

All that remains is to fold 1/4″ and iron.  Pin and sew the lace to the hem and ready to iron the entire tunic.Untitled design(34)

So do you think Boho Chic is a good style for you?  If you're not sure, give it a try and let us know how you go in the comments below.

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82 Responses to Boho Chic Tunic Free Pattern Plus Tutorial

  1. Barbara Loecker says:

    Thanks for sharing the story behind this great pattern. This is a style I remember well from the 60’s and 70’s. I always swore I would never wear a style I wore in an earlier decade but this may change my mind:)

    Question: Can this be made so it is not off the shoulder? Would I need to hack the pattern or simply pull it closer on the shoulders? Thanks!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Barbara, you will need to hack the pattern, it is tempting to try to make a pattern work for what we have in mind. However, unless the pattern gives you the option it is best to make a muck up and try if you like the fit. I do have an idea in mind for this pattern so I will be sharing it with you soon. Stay tune 🙂

  2. Habebah Taqwa says:

    Oh the good ole days… Amazing dresses, shirts! Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Jerry Coats says:

    Mother made my first as a blouse with long sleeves and a ribbon through the neckline. It was made of white dotted swiss, cotton, and I loved that garment! I am now 87 and still remember wearing it.

  4. lisa lee says:

    Thank you so much for this. It is so similar to my favorite pattern for a peasant blouse and dress my early adulthood.

  5. Lisa Gorski Trier says:

    Hi! Have you made this as a shirt ever?!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Lisa

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      yes, I have, I wear it with skinny jeans and high heel sandals. All I did is shorten it a bit.

  6. barbara says:

    how can the back be cut on the fold? if the fabric is being laid out in two layers right sides together there has to be a seam down the center back.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      You fold the fabric in half lengthwise. Selvage to the left and fold to right and lay the pattern on the fold.

  7. Nancy Nys says:

    bedankt voor het mooie patroon

  8. Tracy King says:

    What a great story! Thank you for sharing it and the pattern with us. Have a great weekend.

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