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Tunic Top{Twin Dragonfly Designs}


Hi everyone!  My name is Heather and my little corner of the blog-o-sphere is Twin Dragonfly Designs. I love to Inspire Creativity with projects that are often geared toward my twin, four year old boys.  And I’m Canadian eh?!  So you’re sure to get a super friendly welcome when you stop by!

Today I’m sharing my Simple Tunic Top Tutorial {say that three times fast} with you.  It’s been inspired by this pin.



Great right?!  
I have been wanting to make myself a tunic style top for a long time.  With plenty of curves, I find that tops with an empire waist are the most flattering.  But… I can never seem to find them in the stores!  This is my first, wear worthy top and I Love It!!! 
 Simple Tunic Top
 1.  First I had to figure out the measurements.  Using a measuring tape, I measured the largest part of my torso.  For me that was my bust line, which measured 50″ {I usually wear size XL on top}.  Then I added 8″ for seams and seam allowances.  Next I measured from the top of my shoulder to my hips {30″} and added 2″ for seams and seam allowances.  My materials:
58″ x 32″ piece of fashion fabric.   A light cotton blend works best.
96″ single fold bias tape
12-14″ of 1/4″ elastic
Coordinating polyester thread
I used 1/2″ seams throughout.
2.  Now I cut the material into 4 rectangular panels.  Each measuring 14.5″ x 32″.
3.  Next I sewed two of the panels together, creating a shoulder seam and repeated with the other two panels.  I also folded over the edges, ironed  and sewed them to help prevent fraying.
4.  I cut the bias tape into 4, 24″ pieces and sewed one onto each side of the two long panels.  With 12″ on either side on the shoulder seam.
 5.  Here I have completed sewing on the bias tape.  6.  Now I sewed the two long panels together, creating a front and back to the shirt.  I started sewing where the bias tape met and right down to the hem on the front and back.  7.  Here my front and back panels are sewn together.  8.  Now I sewed the sides of the shirt together.  Again starting from the bias tape and down to the hem.
 9 / 9.  Next I measured how much elastic I needed by stretching it tight under my bust line.  When the elastic retracted it was 13″ long.  Using a zig zag stitch and keeping the elastic stretched out, I sewed it to the shirt, below my bust line.  Photographs show the front and back of this step.  10.  Finally I folded, ironed and hemmed the bottom of the shirt.
 The perfect shirt for a curvy girl!
I paired it with my DIY Tree of Life Necklace… I might just have some fashion sense after all! LOL
I plan on making many more of these ~ they’re the perfect addition to my closet for spring/summer.
If you make one, would you let me know?!?!  I would love to see it!
Thanks for having me visit guys!!!  
I hope that you’ll stop by Twin Dragonfly Designs to say hi sometime!
Have an awesome day.

xo Heather
~ Thanks Heather. You have some great sewing skills and I am so happy you shared them with us. You are always welcomed to stop by.
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  1. Shannon says:

    I have some beautiful black and dark blue pansy fabric that I have been saving for a while (years now) and I think that I will give this a go. Thanks so much, found you on Pinterest.

  2. Bethany says:

    Hmmm…I’m not a seamstress by any means, but I think I might could make this! I love longer tunic tops to go with skinny jeans, so I just may have to try this. Great job! 🙂

  3. Still trying to get over my fear of my sewing machine. This looks like a super simple project to 1, get over the fear and 2, come out with some great pieces for the summer.

    Gulp. I’ve pinned it. You know, for when I have time to think about conquering that fear (smile).

  4. Heather, your top turned out beautifully! Love the colors and the chic tunic cut!


  5. Cathy says:

    I saw this on pinterest and just had to read more… thanks for the great tips and instructions… just might need to make myself one of these too!

  6. Trina says:

    Love! Love! Love! I have the same problem you do (and apparently the same measurements). I love these tops but the closest I could find was what I wear to work (scrubs), yeah, not happening! This is the perfect solution! Thank you!

  7. jenni says:


    I followed this tutorial and blogged about it at http://www.daydreamsandsunshine.blogspot.com so of course gave you a shout out!

    I used a heavy fabric so think I will change the sleeves a bit as otherwise they stand up a bit too much but I love it – thanks!

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