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Simple Two Piece Tunic

Added Dec 6, 2010

by dixiediy

Austin, Texas, U...






For some reason this really simple shirt design popped in my head and the next thing I knew I bought fabric to make it! Self drafted pattern made with a 1950s vintage reprint fabric, gathers at the bust line, and white binding on the armholes and neck. It was only two pieces to cut and sew together so it was quick to make, too.

Now with pattern! I’ve included a 7 size downloadable and printable pattern. Instructions are included in the PDF. Make sure to print the pattern without scaling! And match up the pages according to the lines and notches. If your size isn’t included you can read up on some techniques in the learning section for sizing a pattern.

NOTE: I’m still learning to make patterns so I would greatly appreciate any tips, criticism, notes, anything about the pattern or the instructions. Pattern making has proven to be a lot more complicated than I imagined and I’d love feedback.

blogged here with pattern and originally here

Material Notes





Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual
Cotton, Linen, Shirting, Silk

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    Apr 4, 2013, 11.50 AMby burda-user-976776

    Hi, I just love your pattern and will make a tunic for myself soon – but I wondered about the “test square”-thingy on your pattern. It says “4in x 4in, 5cm x 5cm”. But 4 inches are 10,18 centimetres… Just wondered about that… (But thank you for adding it in that much sizes – it will help me a lot! <3)

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    Jan 2, 2012, 05.32 AMby mamalusco

    Love this look! Thanks so much for the free pattern and wide size range. This sz 16 curvy gal thanks you :)

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      Feb 23, 2012, 05.55 PMby mrs-strong

      can you help me figure out how to get the pattern. I cant figure this website out at all

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    Aug 13, 2011, 09.59 PMby silvermink

    This is so brilliant!!! :)

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    Mar 16, 2011, 02.22 AMby wishicouldsew

    Please ignore my earlier post – I just figured out how to download the pattern. I am a novice sewer so have a question – when you say to print the pattern without scaling, what do you mean exactly? The pattern appears as 138% (I think). Thanks.

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    Mar 9, 2011, 02.07 AMby Tara McMahan

    It tells me that I tried to change something I don’t have access too. :( Really cute shirt. Hope that whatever the problem is can get fixed so I can try it. Thank you for posting.

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      Mar 9, 2011, 04.57 PMby dixiediy

      I see what you mean. Same thing happened to me. I found that if you go to the pattern page (http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/simple-two-piece-tunic) and click on Get It Now the download works.

      For some reason if you click that link from here you get an error. I’ll see if I can ask someone from BurdaStyle what’s up. Thanks!

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    Feb 25, 2011, 10.44 PMby carjomaha

    anyone having trouble printing the pattern?

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      Feb 26, 2011, 03.16 AMby dixiediy

      hey, could you describe the problem you’re having? maybe I can help.

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    Feb 17, 2011, 06.59 AMby elisana

    really nice top! thanks for making it available for free!!!
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    Feb 17, 2011, 01.18 AMby accgmom

    I love the multi-size of this pattern. I can’t wait to try it!

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    Feb 10, 2011, 04.02 PMby marie-vichy

    I really like the way it plays with the threadline due to your “two-pieces-laziness” ;)

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    Feb 9, 2011, 08.18 PMby soaringviola

    Thank you for this cool pattern! I love these simple but clever pieces and that you finish the edges with bias tape – something I also often do. It´s faster, easier and gives the look the special touch :-) Hope to upload a finished piece soon! PS: Is there any seam allowance included in the pattern?

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      Feb 10, 2011, 02.38 AMby dixiediy

      Thanks, the pattern includes 1/2 seam allowances. Can’t wait to see your version.

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    Feb 8, 2011, 11.50 PMby nehmah

    Thank you for drafting a multi-sizes pattern. I’m certain there are many members here who appreciate you work. Cordially, Nehmah-who will try to grade up to a 22-24 size. I hate anything touching my throat. Your top will make a fine nightgown.

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    Dec 8, 2010, 04.02 PMby dixiediy

    Thanks. Yeah, there’s no shoulder seam, the back and the top of the front is just one big piece. I was too lazy to cut two front pieces and sew at the shoulder so I thought, why not just make most of it one big piece?

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    Dec 8, 2010, 01.00 AMby cherwinamy

    hi. Cute shirt! I am trying to guess the two pieces: Is it the front (belly)? and then the other piece is the back that comes over to the bust???? That doesn’t seem right. Can you please clarify? Thanks. Great pattern

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