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Sew a simple TUNIC top/ dress – with {FREE} DIY Pattern.

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Free very simple DIY TUNIC pattern for women.

This is a very easy to sew tunic top/dress DIY pattern which you can make with minimal pattern making experience. Stitching it up is also very easy and possible to start and finish in less than an hour.

TUNIC PATTERNThis top has a very modern irregular hem and short kimono sleeves ; It is very modest in that it lies below hip in the back and well below waist in the front. The length given in the pattern is for a top but it can be adopted as a delightful tunic dress also.

This stylish but comfortably fitting tunic will look best paired with thin pants . Loose bottoms will create an undesirable baggy look. You can add a belt to this tunic along with a long chain to look ultra fabulous.Checkout the tutorial to make an easy leggings pattern and sewing instructions. If you are making this is as a nightwear checkout the tutorial to make a pajama pants to go with it for a comfortable combination. 

How to make a sewing pattern for a simple tunic

Two important things to consider before making the pattern – if you want a loose fitting tunic choose the next size ie if the bust round is 32 inch choose the measurement for a 34 inch. Always prewash the fabric before sewing it up. I have had tops shrink a size smaller after the first wash. 

You need about 1.60 meters of cloth for this top. Fold the fabric as per the diagram below . For more details Check out this article on how to cut fabric properly 

Fabric fold2

tunic top patternI have made a paper pattern first. Then kept it on top of the cloth folded as above and marked with a chalk all around it.

Mark the Back pattern on the top piece first. Cut the 4 layers as per this back pattern measurements. Remove the fabric piece inside – you have the back pattern.

Now start marking the remaining cloth. This is the front pattern now.

Make sure that you have cut out all the chalk lines. They just add up. 

You just need to mark front neck and bottom hem different in the front pattern.

Mark Back pattern for a tunic top/dress

how to sew tunic for women

Mark A-B which is the total length of the top. You can increase this if you want to make it as a dress  = 31 inch
Mark the length from top to Armhole ( armhole depth) 7.5 inch or as per the table given below at the end of the post as A-N
Mark the length from top to waist as A-J
Mark N-M as 1/4 of the Bust round + 2 inch ease
Mark J-O as 1/4 of waist round + 1 inch ease
Mark B -K as 1/4 of hip round + 1 inch ease.
Add 1/2  inch seam allowance along F-M-O-H

Mark the Neck width A-E as 4 inch.
A-C as 1 inch
From E mark 10 inch to L for shoulder
Go down to F 3/4 inch
Join F- M
Add 1/2 inch seam allowance along F-M

For the bottom hem curve go up 3 inch from K to H
Draw a soft curve from B

Cut out this portion including the neck hole for all the 4 layers.

Remove the inside piece – this is the back pattern.

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Mark Front Bodice pattern

Mark the rest of the pattern for front bodice on the remaining piece.
Mark the front neck as E-D – 6 or 6.5 inch

Mark up 3 inch from B to I
From I join in straight line to H

You just need these two pattern pieces and 2 strips of bias tape to sew this simple and easy tunic.


How to make the tunic top or dress

Sewing this up is as easy as making this pattern. The fact that this pattern doesnot have sleeves makes it all the more quick. Just 6 quick steps and your Beautiful tunic is ready. 

Step 1. Finish the necklines with bias tapes.

Cut out two strips of bias strips of 2 inch for the front neckline and back neckline. Checkout the article on facings for more details .

Keep the bias tape on top of your neckline right sides together.Pin in place. Sew them together along one edge with a  1/4 inch seam allowance 

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Snip along the seam allowance every one or two inches. 

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Press the seam allowance to the bias strip. Understitch them together. This will make the bias strip roll over naturally to the wrong side. 

Finish the edges of the bias strip raw edge by turning inside and stitching. This can be done before stitching the bias strip to the neckline as well. Just fold over one long edge 1/2 inch and stitch. 

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Step 2. Join the shoulders

Keep the shoulder seam together of the front and bodice patterns Right side together. Seam allowance opened to the other side. Pin in place

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Turn both the seam allowances to the front bodice. Pin in place and stitch the shoulder seams – catching hold of all the four layers of seam allowances and front and back bodice  at the shoulder seam. (The facing tutorial has more details of this process)

Now when you turn the whole thing to the right side you will get a neat shoulder seam inside. 

Step 3. Finish the neckline hem

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Press and Pin the bias strip in place.Use Whip stitch to stitch the bias strip in place at the wrong side of pattern. If you are not familiar with whip stitch checkout the hand stitch tutorial. 

Step 4. Finish the sleeve hems

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Step 5. Finish the bottom hems of the front and back bodice. A narrow hem or bias facing should be used especially for the back bodice hem because it is curved. 

Checkout how I did the narrow hem

Turn the hem edge a 1/4 inch inside to the wrong side. Stitch close to the fold edge . 

narrow hem

Trim the seam allowance close to the stitching line.

narrow hem

Now turn again 1/4 inch or smaller to the inside and stitch. You have a perfect narrow hem without any bunched up cloth. 

Step 6. Join the sides with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Finish the fabric edges of the seam allowance

Ensure that the sides match. 

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Your super simple tunic is ready for an outing in less than an hour – isn’t that amazing. I did  a very crude looking reverse embroidery also – took me ten minutes.

This tunic is best sewn in a flowy fabric like chiffon.   

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Bust Measurement Neck width ( inches)Neck depth (inches)
242 1/44
262 1/44 1/2
282 1/25
302 1/25 1/2
322 1/26
342 3/46 1/2
362 3/47

Bust measurement inchesArmhole depth

286 3/4
306 3/4
347 1/4
367 1/4
387 1/4
407 1/2
427 1/2

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