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 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.

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.


Pattern layout

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

See next page for pattern download.

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56 Responses to Boho Chic Tunic free pattern plus tutorial

  1. Maria says:

    Looks very pretty.Thank you Mayra for this pattern! And I really enjoyed your story!

  2. alex says:

    will someone at least just tell me which is the front!? I’m so lost right now

  3. alex says:

    I’m confused the numbers on the layout don’t match the numbers on the pdf

  4. Linda Furley says:

    Hi, I’m trying to print out the pattern, however my printer leaves a white border at the edge of the page, is the print suppose to go right to the edge of the page? Thanks

  5. Laura Kimmel says:

    Hi Mayra, You’re so sweet to take the time to do all of these patterns! I remember this kind of top/dress when I was younger and I loved this style. I also love the stories you put with each pattern; they make me smile every time I go to copy a pattern! Laura

  6. Sabrina says:

    I love this dress and I am just about to start making it with white linen. Is it necessary to cut two front pieces? Or can it be cut as one piece on the fold. I am a beginner so it’s new to me.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Sabrina, since you are a beginner is best to follow the instructions as they are written. Let me know how you go.

  7. Alexa says:

    Hello I am having trouble with a pattern download the only page that wont print right is page 1 of the actual pattern, all of them printed out but this page.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      That is certainly strange, before you print can you see a thumbnail first is it portrait or landscape?

  8. Sarah says:

    This is such a great pattern! I see the description for the finished garment measurements, but I am unsure which one to choose because finished measurement are different than actual measurements. Does anyone know? Thanks!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Sarah great question, in a pattern always, go with the finished measurements. This top is supposed to be loose.

  9. SILKE says:

    Hi, is there already a video?

  10. Libby B. says:

    Could you post a video of you making this dress?

  11. Nancy says:

    I see that the seam allowance is 5/8″. Sorry if this a crazy question but is the seam allowance already figured into the pattern for each respective size or do I need to add that in myself?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Not at all Nancy, sometimes I add the seam allowance and sometimes I dont, depending on what basic bodice I use. The seam allowance in this case is already added.

  12. Sherrie says:

    I’d love to give this a try. I’d make mine as a tunic top, not a dress. Can the dress be worn so that the shoulders are covered, rather than off shoulder? Thank you very much!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Someone else asked me that question, and after giving it some thought I have to say, yes if you have not a lot on the chest area. Otherwise your have to raise the collar by 1″ or more depending on how big you are.

  13. Jelena says:

    So beautiful…. I subscribe for your patterns and I follow you… Great job….

  14. Shirley Lewis says:

    Could you help me with the layout of the pattern pieces.

  15. Teresa Figueroa says:

    Thank you for the free pattern! I’m almost done with my tunic. All that I have left to do is add the bottom trim. But….I cannot find any that looks anything like the one you used. Where did you get your trim?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Teresa,
      I combined 2 trims I had and crochet them together. I knew what I wanted I just could not find it. A 2″ crochet lace and a 1/2″ trim should get you there.

      • Teresa Figueroa says:

        Oh, I see. That’s a very clever idea. I’m a crocheter, too, so this is certainly an option. Thank you.

  16. Mari says:

    What is the seam allowance for this tunic? Thx

  17. Diana Zavala says:

    Wonderful story. Can you tell me how to adapt it for dress length that you mentioned?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Just extend the side seams to the length you want, and recreate the hemline.. Let me know how you go. Cheers!

  18. Edith says:

    Beautiful story and the dress too. I want sew it just more long.

  19. Kay says:

    Lovely pattern for summer and loved the story too!

  20. Jane McLellan says:

    Greatly enjoyed the story!

  21. I love that story!! Sometimes the grounding is totally worth the party. 🙂 I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that features your free pattern: –Anne

  22. moois van me says:

    I love love love this tunic!!! Not only the pattern but also the fabric and the lace.

  23. Sarah Jane says:

    Great story, Mayra! I love this style, I’ll have to give this dress a try!

  24. Pat L. says:

    Where did the Facebook Sewing Chat Group page go? It was my favorite!

  25. mary says:

    For this style, which is a modified raglan sleeve, I sew all the sleeve seams first. In this case, that would also include the front seam. The neck finish would be next, followed by the side an sleeve seams, sleeve hems, then garment hems. These steps allow me to sew “on the flat.”

  26. Mary H. says:

    Can this be worn with the shoulders pulled up? I have to wear a bra! I wish you had a picture of it on the model with the shoulders up!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Mary, yes, of course you can. I’ll put a picture of the model like that sometime tomorrow.

  27. Sandra Yosten says:

    I love your story. It echos many of my own. I had a top like this in the 60’s/70’s. I forgot how much I loved it. Can’t wait to whip up 1 or two. Thank you for the great patterns.

  28. Dawn says:

    I love the story behind this. When I was 13 and my sister was 15 she used to wait till my parents were asleep then sneak out the house taking the spare key. My job was to lock the door behind her and take the key out. Only one time I forgot so when she came home she couldn’t get her key in the lock. She tried throwing things at the window and everything to get my attention but she couldn’t wake me. She hid in the shed and waited for my Dad to go to work the following morning then slipped in the house and up the stairs. I thought she was going to strangle me! Thank you for the free pattern, I’m looking forward to making it.

  29. Irma says:

    Where do I download the pattern?

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