Easy Tunic FREE Pattern: Great First Garment Project

easy tunic

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 also makes an awesome mini dress if you make it a couple sizes too big.

Features

  • 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

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Materials

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Pattern Pieces and Layout

  • 2 backs
  • 1 front cut on the fold

Pattern sizes are from 10 to 24.

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Step One: Sew the Back

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Pin the back pieces together with the 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

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Attach the front to the back by placing the front side facing up, (print side up) and back side with the 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.

Pivot

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.

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Iron the tape and all seams of the neckline upward.  This will make it easier for you to sew the other side more accurately.

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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.

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Back view of the neckline.

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.

Fun Variation

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.


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K.
K.

It looks like it would be a great swimsuit cover-up.

pazienza la magdalena
pazienza la magdalena

Thank you so much for your patterns and tutorials! I have a very full bust. Is there an easy way to adjust for that or is it easier to start with a bigger size and take in the waist and hips? Thanks!

Leslie
Leslie
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thank you! After I commented I also saw a tutorial on FBA. Your site is great. Have a great weekend.

Pam
Pam

If you make A0 pdfs I can take them to my office supply store and have them print a copy for me. No more taping. I do that with other patterns I get online.

Charles Marshall
Charles Marshall

Hi – I have a large format printer and would like to print the pattern on paper bigger than 8.5″ x 11″. Is there a PDF of the pattern that’s on one page (where the page is the size of the pattern, in this case 42.5″ square)? thanks in advance!

Kelly

Loving the fabric that has been used for this tunic!

Kwacker
Kwacker

I would love to try this but I can’t download the pattern! When I click on the button it takes me to a new page, looks as if it will load, then goes blank. The new page tab is shop.mybluprint.com
What am I doing wrong please?

A. Secoy
A. Secoy

This is perfect! Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to make a few of them!

Kathy Boyd
Kathy Boyd

Such a versatile pattern! I have made several very similar except leaving the front open to create a jacket. So easy!

Suebee
Suebee

Hello, you say to cut two front pieces but you don’t mention to sew the front seam and your diagrams look like you cut your front on a fold to eliminate the seam?

Deborah Lockley
Deborah Lockley
Reply to  Suebee

You place the front piece on the fold. You cut 2 pieces of the back. It has a seam in the back but not the front.

Clovis
Clovis

I like the tunic. Will have to try the v-neck with bias tape.

Donna Adams
Donna Adams
Reply to  Clovis

Cut one front on fold – two backs pieces not on fold – at least that is what it says in the directions

#naturallyShanna
#naturallyShanna

Hi, on the pattern, page 9, it says “front cut 2”. That’s a typo, correct?

Deborah Lockley
Deborah Lockley

Yes. The front is placed on the fold. The back has 2 pieces.

Peg Sullivan
Peg Sullivan

very cool. I will have one cut today as the 90 degree muggies are upon us here in Northeast. Yeah

Caroline
Caroline

One more question. Pattern says cut 2 back pieces and 2 front pieces. I see where instructions show to sew back 2 pieces together. I don’t see where it is showing to sew 2 front pieces together. Should the front piece be just one piece placed on the fold? thanks in advance for your help and thank you again for the lovely pattern.

Deborah Lockley
Deborah Lockley
Reply to  Caroline

The front is placed on the fold.

Caroline
Caroline

love this. Just getting back into sewing (only really sewed simple curtains and halloween costumes) and this looks like a great way to start. What is the rectangle 4″ x 22″ for? is it to make your own bias tape?

Janie McQueen
Janie McQueen

OK, so on step 2 — why would you pin the front “print side up” to the back side “print down”? You wouldn’t pin them wrong side out, as in step 1, so as to sew the seam on the inside? Maybe there’s a reason for it, but it doesn’t make sense to me, so I did it the same as step 1 and seemed to work. Also, I find a bias tape finish v-neck pretty difficult for a first project. Thanks for the pattern, though.

Holly Hurley
Holly Hurley

Hi, thanks for the lovely pattern. I can’t find where it says what to do with the two straps at 4″ X 22″ as mentioned on page 2. Are they a sash?

Cheryle
Cheryle

Just what I need for this florida weather. Thank you for sharing!!

Beth
Beth

Would linen be a good fabric choice? I love it for summer.

Thanks!

Winnie
Winnie

Exactly what I have been searching for??

Cheryl
Cheryl

Lovely. And I really like your choice of fabric pattern – very summery – and being non-directional, no matching or wrong way up. I truly look forward to all of your designs (even the ones I can’t use) as they are current, on trend, and easy to work with. You are very talented and generous sharing your talent with us all.

Joyce
Joyce

This is just the pttern I was looking for. Simple, quick and comfortable.
Something I can make in different fabrics and feel well dressed for the day.
Thank you very much.

Barbara Clemmensen
Barbara Clemmensen

How do I figure out how much fabric is needed? 1 3/4 to 3 yards is a wide range.

carlee
carlee

There is no front seam shown and pattern piece does not indicate cut on fold? I’m interested but confused.

Christina
Christina
Reply to  carlee

Pattern says 2 backs and one fron, cut on fold.

Christina
Christina
Reply to  carlee

Look under pattern pieces and layout. It says 2 backs and one front, cut on fold

Judi
Judi
Reply to  Christina

But the pattern layout for the front says “cut 2”

Lavona
Lavona
Reply to  carlee

the front says to cut on fold

Laurie Clark
Laurie Clark

Do you have any tutorials for sizing down your patterns as I am a size 4.

Sherry
Sherry

thank you for another great freebie! Love your designs

Jennette Hallet
Jennette Hallet

If I really wanted to use cotton knit, would I need to size down? I’m not so great at sewing with thin or silky materials yet.

Gretchen Thompson
Gretchen Thompson

This is fantastic. I haven’t done a lot of clothes before but this looks like something I can try. Really looking forward to it. I love your designs. Thanks for putting them out there.

Mamilou
Mamilou

Pouvez vous me donner les correspondances de tailles en français; Il me faut du 44 ; je vous remercie beaucoup
Mamilou

sarah malvern
sarah malvern

It looks really easy. The only problem I have is how much material to buy. I will make a size 18 top, with a pattern material. It is actually for a New Year Chinese party so matching pattern on two is not 100% necessary if it results in lots more material. Can you give me any tips?

Jane Camero
Jane Camero

I love this. It look so comfortable and breezy. I’m going on a cruise in Dec. and I think I’ll try to make a couple to take with me!

Paddy

“sew the sides leaving a 10″ gap at the bottom”

Don’t you mean 1″ rather than 10″? That’s one heck of a gap otherwise!