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Graphic Tunic Top

Added Sep 9, 2012

by liaifen

Brooklyn, New Yo...






I originally wanted to make the Burda 02/2012 Tunic Dress, but I mistakenly purchased too little fabric. Then I bought this great patterned jersey knit, and because the pattern was very large, I once again, didn’t have enough for the dress. So I decided to make the Tunic Top instead. It’s not exactly what I envisioned, but I think it’s fine as a casual top.

This was my second attempt at working with jersey knit, and sewing the front and back panels was much more difficult than I anticipated. I think I need to pick up some tricks in this area. I wish more of the Burda instructions included diagrams, like many traditional “hard copy” patterns. But I love so many of the patterns offered online!

Material Notes

jersey knit




Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Sep 20, 2012, 04.54 PMby Debbie Alli

    Hi – I’m making this right now (the dress version) and although 3 out of 4 panels have gone in really well, I’ve had a nightmare with one of them! You’re right – it’s not easy! My fabric doesn’t help – it’s a weight crepe jersey with a satin back – and it has a life of its own. I thought I’d see who else had made it and was comforted by the fact that you’d had problems too. Really annoyingly it’s one of the front ones – after 4 attempts, I’m grudgingly leaving the little tuck at the right angle join, or I’m going to ruin my fabric. Maybe some crative thinking about how it might be disguised is in order! Your efforts were worth it – your top looks great!

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      Sep 21, 2012, 04.24 AMby liaifen

      My mother suggested that I use tissue paper underneath the fabric next time to help stabilize the jersey (but I think it’s sewing the curve that’s so difficult here). She also said I could try sewing a simple stitch along the seam line (of the panel) before I try sewing it to the front piece. So basically, sewing on top of the stitch when I sew the pieces together. I haven’t tried either techniques yet, but they may be worth a try. I’m in the middle of taking the online Sewing with Knits class on Craftsy. So far, some good tips. Good luck with your project – can’t wait to see it posted!

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      Sep 21, 2012, 09.53 AMby Debbie Alli

      Thank you :) it’s nearly done so I will post it soon, although that panel is annoying me! It’s my first blunder in my return to sewing 9 months ago, so can’t complain!
      I think your mum was right re basting first – which would work if you snipped the inner and outer corners first.

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    Sep 9, 2012, 08.40 AMby Mary Athey

    i love the tunic,great fabric and using the same fabric to binds a great touch x,

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      Sep 9, 2012, 12.35 PMby liaifen

      thanks so much! i love this fabric too – if i knew to measure the print in the store, i would have been able to make a dress. even with this top, I had to cut off part of the print. it’s too bad because i think the bold print would have made a great impact as a dress. always a learning process!

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