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The tunic is a great staple piece for any wardrobe. Whether you keep it low key or play more on the flashy side, chances are you can find a tunic style that suits your every mood. Tunics are also quick projects that provide a great basic template to really express your individuality and creativity – make it in a beautiful print, simple cotton or add your own finishing touch with beads and applique – there’s really no limit to the ways you can customize a tunic to make it truly your own.

Spring is right around the corner (and I can’t think of a better season to bring out this style) so check out great ideas for tunic projects – both wild and tame to get you in a creative mood!

First, let’s start out with the patterns. Your tunic can be either a top or a dress, long or short sleeved.

From left: Belted Tunic Dress, Ellinor Top, Ruched Back Tunic Dress, and Basic Tunic patterns.

Once you’ve picked your pattern, it’s time to pick your style, and fabric choice plays a huge part in the end result of your project. Choosing patterned or textured fabric is a great way to make your finished tunic interesting, while sticking with a luxe fabric in a solid color will insure that your tunic is timeless and transitional. There are truly a million different ways to interpret a tunic and make it speak to your individual style.

Are you a bohemian at heart? Check out inspiration for tunic projects perfect for getting in touch with your inner love child.

The Tunics

Clockwise from top left: Tory Burch, a gorgeous tunic with intricate embroidery, top by Jen’s Pirate Booty, Tory Burch, Mimi Caftan, and Alice Temperly

The Inspiration


Maybe you like to keep things a bit more simple. No worries, there are loads of great options for tunics that capture the sharp, clean lines of minimalism.

The Tunics

Clockwise from top left: Piazza Sempione, Heidi Merrick, Helmut Lang, Acne, Celine and Lemlem

The Inspiration


Inspired to whip up your own tunic? Which look will you go for – bohemian or minimal? Or maybe you’ll create a look all your own!


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    Jun 5, 2014, 09.38 PMby sweet-saboo

    I especially love the kurta – style tunics

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    Jun 28, 2011, 10.02 PMby violet47

    I love tunics and simplicity. A black tunic, some elegant fewerly………………go anywhere…….dress up or down


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    Apr 13, 2011, 02.06 AMby luanne002

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    Apr 13, 2011, 02.05 AMby luanne002

    “I get captivated with these ”“”">Ladies tunics! What I love about them is their versatility and dressy look- would give me an edge over bohemian loloks


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    Apr 5, 2011, 09.27 PMby heatherabq

    Love tunics! They are easy to make,, stylish and oh so easy to wear! I just wish I lived somewhere where I could get great fabric! I’m stuck with Joann’s and Hankocks as mmy only retail source and I’m always a little nervous buying fabric online. Any great sources!

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    Mar 29, 2011, 10.27 AMby François Hofstede

    Very very very old memories, especially when I see the Beatles sitting next to the Swami.

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    Mar 18, 2011, 08.55 PMby mosunajala

    whaooo,this tunic are bad,beautiful,simple n lovely.

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    Mar 18, 2011, 02.27 PMby diyraven

    ooooh this tunic-overload… a good way!

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    Mar 18, 2011, 02.09 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    Yes, tunics are amazing versatile…I like the embellished ones better. There’s a Cynthia Rowley pattern I want to use and dress it up with an inexpensive lace collar from Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL.

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    Mar 16, 2011, 06.27 PMby freaky-philomeen

    Love tunics, especially those with rich embroidery. I finished my first and definitely last Ellinor-Top just a few days ago. This pattern should definitely be moved into the ‘maternity wear’ section. I never had much of a belly except while pregnant but this model makes me look ‘at least fifth month’. Hooray to kids but no more Ellinor for me.

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    Mar 16, 2011, 02.02 PMby malou10

    j’adore le tunique

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    Mar 16, 2011, 01.20 PMby sewbutterfly

    Tunics, Bohemian, 70s…what’s NOT to love?!

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    Mar 16, 2011, 04.15 AMby bootycrewqueen

    I love tunics-and I am definitely bohemian.

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    Mar 13, 2011, 03.13 PMby jay283

    I prefer the minimal style, I’m really not into bohemian. The thing I like the most with the tunics is their versatility, casual with jeans, cute and stylish with leggings, dressy with stockings and nice shoes, wore straight or with a belt, etc. I just can’t get enough of them and I think I’ll be making one or two very soon!

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    Mar 13, 2011, 02.26 PMby tonierenee

    I love tunics in simple or embellished style. It’s a simple sewing job that can be casual or very dressed up. And I think they look good on all shapes. I will finish one I started (before my sewing machine went down) after I return from a trip next week. It’s almost like it was meant to wait for the new machine that has lots of fancy stitching to edges with. I’ll post a photo of two when I am done.

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    Mar 13, 2011, 07.29 AMby Odgerel Tumen-Ulzii

    i love tunics! it looks so simple but elegant!

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    Mar 12, 2011, 04.26 PMby fashionfreek

    I love tunics too.

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    Mar 12, 2011, 02.11 PMby gaviccaabri

    I got Ellinor as a present this week and bought some fabulous battik, so I can’t wait to start!!

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    Mar 12, 2011, 12.29 AMby designerroya

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE tunics!

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    Mar 11, 2011, 11.21 PMby gedwoods

    From a designer’s perspective, I think tunics are fascinating, wonderful clothes to work on. So simple and elegant in its basic look. I tend to steer away from overly bohemian, although I appreciate the look. It’s te elegant simplicity of tunics that speak to me. And thanks for the lovely photo montage of all those different tunics – a great source for inspiration of things to come!

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    Mar 11, 2011, 08.46 PMby aleah

    I would go for a combination of bohemian and minimal… not too bohemian, and not too simple. Chiffon, some rhinestones… fluffy with bows. :)

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