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Easy tunic / dress

Added Mar 26, 2010

by emilie6709

London, United K...






I’m a huge fan of skinny jeans and leggings and I love to wear both with tunics. So obviously I decided to make myself one. It only took a day or two to make as it doesn’t have any zipper. The front top is based on the afternoon tea top pattern and the rest is only made of two pieces of fabric sew together. I’ve added darts at the front but realistically, the fabric being stretchy I didn’t really need to. i just thought it would look a bit more pro. :-)

The hem of the dress, however doesn’t look pro at all! I’ve already done it three time without improving it at all. I tried sewing it with different needles, different thread tension but nothing seems to be working. My last chance: ironing. And if it doesn’t look any better, well, I guess I’ll just have to do it again… If anyone’s got any advice on how to make it took better please let me know. Jersey needles do help but obviously not enough…

Material Notes

Jersey stretch




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic

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    May 11, 2010, 09.17 PMby Isabel Alexander

    Cute! I love the fabric print! I’ve been trying to find a similar look to make a sort of sundress with, but I haven’t been able to find any yet. Nicely done.

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    Apr 16, 2010, 07.08 AMby elisana

    lovely tunic! I found that a short zigzag (regular length, width setting 3 on my singer) works the best for me when hemming knits. At first I thought it was strange looking, but now I thinks it’s so cute, adds whimsy, although most of the time you don’t even tell it’s a zigzag. the good thing is that it stretches with the fabric, so no breaking threads.

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      Apr 16, 2010, 07.10 AMby elisana

      forgot to say: I always do a test on a scrap of the same material to adjust if necessary

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    Apr 4, 2010, 06.36 AMby d3liriums4m4

    I’ve recently started sewing with knits; I’ve found that sewing with paper between my fabric and the feed dogs prevents the fabric from pulling and ruffling up like your hem is doing. If twin needles and ironing aren’t helping, paper might.

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    Mar 29, 2010, 11.37 AMby luxihere

    I have an exactly similar fabric (with big roses though) thought of doing a wrap dress in it, now you have changed my mind. will try this out (albeit with shoulder straps though)

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    Mar 28, 2010, 12.56 AMby bethanyb

    I reeaaaally love this fabric! I made the “coffee date dress” and the fabric I used for it is eerily similar! Very very nice!!

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      Mar 28, 2010, 02.17 PMby emilie6709

      Thank you! I got mine from Ebay and it was a bargain. I have to admit I love florals so I’m really looking forward to this summer.

      The fabric you used for the coffee date dress is gorgeous and let’s face it, you can’t go wrong with monochrome! :-)

      Your ruffle tank is so creative, I might just have to make something similar soon. You definitely have talent!

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    Mar 27, 2010, 04.10 PMby kaseysgirl2003

    I think it would look amazing if you would get elastic thread and do about 4 or 5 rows of rouching. It would bring the top and bottom together and you definately have the body to handle a more slim fitting top.

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      Mar 28, 2010, 02.24 PMby emilie6709

      Oh…. That’s a good idea! I’m still pretty new at sewing so it’s brilliant to get feedback. Thank you very very much!

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    Mar 26, 2010, 04.22 PMby shedoz213

    The dress is adorable! good job~~

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      Mar 28, 2010, 02.09 PMby emilie6709

      Thank you very much! I had a look at your pictures and I am in love with your apron! It is simply gorgeous. I reckon I might be copying it very very soon…. :-)

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    Mar 26, 2010, 02.26 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    The tunic looks good :-) Have you tried using a twin-needle, when you do the hem? If you use one of those and maybe iron the hem a little afterwards, it might work. It usually does for me :-)

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      Mar 26, 2010, 02.32 PMby emilie6709

      I will definitely try! Thank you so much for the tip!

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      Mar 26, 2010, 06.54 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

      You’re welcome! :-) It might be a little tricky to begin with, but you’ll learn in no-time :-)

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