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Make It : An End of Summer Tunic from Pins & Needles

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Happy Labor Day! We're excited to ring in the last long weekend of the summer with a guest post from one of our favorite New York sewing shops: Pins and Needles!

This tunic tutorial has been created exclusively by Pins and Needles. Have fun stitching and we would love to see your finished projects so you are welcome to share a photo on our facebook page. Also, if you are in NYC please come by the shop to learn more about the sewing and modern crafting projects we have available as well as our curated collection of fabrics, sewing notions and crafting materials. Check out our website for more information and to shop!


Pattern (sizes small, medium, large and x-large are included and are referenced on the pattern)

Choose two types of fabrics:

Small and Medium: 2 3/4 yards of main fabric and 1/4 yard for the front facing (complementary fabric)

Large and X-Large: 3 1/4 yards and 1/4 yard for the front facing (complementary fabric)

Sewing machine

matching thread



fabric pen or chalk pencil

Optional: rotary cutter, self-healing mat and non-slip clear ruler

*All seam allowances are included. Use 1/2" seam allowance along all seams except bottom hem where you will use 3/4" and for the facing where you will use 3/8"seam allowance.

How to Make the Tunic:

Step 1: We have provided two options for printing out your patterns:

Option 1: Download the full size patterns provided below and save them to a USB drive or CD. Bring in to your local copy center to have them print the patterns out as is - true to size.

Option 2: Download the patterns provided below and print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Bring in to your local copy center to have them blown up to the following sizes:

-Front and Back Tunic: 391 % (prints to size 36" x 43")

-Sleeve: 273% (prints to size 27" x 30")

-Front Facing: 164% (prints to size 17" x 18")

-Back Facing: print out as an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet

Step 2: Cut your specific size out from the pattern pieces and pin pattern pieces to the fabric on the wrong side. Make sure you mark the markings from the pattern onto the fabric - we recommend using a disappearing marking pen or pencil or chalk pencil.

Step 3: Cut out the fabric following the pinned pattern pieces along the referenced size lines. Note in the photos we use a rotary cutter and self - healing mat, but you can use standard fabric or dressmaking scissors.

Step 4: To make the facing, pin the right side of the front facing to the wrong side of front tunic at the neckline. Make sure to mark along the area to be cut down the center of facing and then cut down the front center carefully. (*tip: pin facing to the tunic before cutting - cutting two together is easier. You can also use a clear ruler and rotary cutter to get a precise cut if available.)

Step 5: Sew neckline of facing with 3/8" seam allowance. Pivot down slit at center front sewing at 1/4" seam allowance and easing into 1/8" seam allowance until point. Pivot up center front and sew mirror image of other side.

Step 6: Fold up the edges of the facing and iron in place- you are still on the wrong side of tunic front. Flip the tunic front right side out and turn the facing right side out as well so it sits on top of the right side of the front tunic. The edges of the facing are already folded under so you can pin and edge stitch the facing in place. *Fix seam allowance as necessary to keep facing down.

Step 7: Pin the right side of the back facing to the right side of the tunic back at neckline and sew using 3/8" seam allowance. Turn back facing over to wrong side of tunic back and fold under bottom edge and press. Pin folded bottom edge of facing to tunic back wrong side. Edge stitch in place. (*tip: Make sure to notch along both the front and back facings at the neckline only in the seam allowance for easing before sewing everything in place).

Step 8: With right sides together, match the shoulders of the tunic front and tunic back - pin, sew, and iron seams. Hand tack the shoulder seam allowance down.

Step 9: With the right sides together, sew the tunic front to the tunic back along the side seams to the markings for the slits.

Step 10: For the sleeves, sew two rows of basting stitches along the top part of the sleeve or between notches - this will help to ease the sleeve in the armhole. Sew the sides of both sleeves with right sides together.

Step 11: With the right sides together, pin the sleeve to the shoulder matching all markings. Sew the sleeve in place. Attach the second sleeve the same way.

Step 12: Similar to hem, fold a seam allowance of the slits under twice, press, pin and top-stitch.

Step 13: Turn the tunic right side out and sew sleeve and body hems with the appropriate length. Fold hem up 1/4" and iron. Fold hem up a second time at 1/2". Sew down using a 3/8" seam allowance.

Step 14: Finish all the seams as you wish - this can also be done while you are sewing. Happy Sewing!

Thanks, Pins and Needles!

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