Wardrobe Basics: Sewing Tunic No. 1
Intermediate | 41 min 22 sec
Sewing Tunic No. 1
Basic tunic
Tunic modifications
This simple tunic with drop sleeves and patch pockets can be easily modified to make a veritable wardrobe of garments. Known for her pattern line “100 Acts of Sewing,” Sonya Philip shows how to work through the basic tunic pattern, which features handmade bias tape on the neckline and double-fold hems on sleeves and edges. She then goes on to show how to use the base pattern to make an empire-waist tunic with a gathered skirt and tie-backs and a jacket. The pattern also features cutting lines to make a shorter, shirt-length garment. Experiment with colors and textiles to add your own personal spin on this universally flattering garment. Downloadable PDF included with class in sizes ranging from XS – 4XL.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • This pattern is best suited to mid to light weight cotton, linen, or natural fiber blend fabric. You will need: 2 ¼ - 3 ¼ yards for main tunic; 2-3 yards for shirt variation; 2 5/8 – 3 5/8 yards for empire waist variation and jacket variation; plus ½ yard or fat quarter for bias tape (or purchased bias tape, approx. 1 yard)
  • ¾” bias tape maker
  • Matching thread
  • Tracing paper and pencil
  • Washi tape (optional)
  • Pattern weights
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Rotary cutter and cutting surface
  • Safety pin or bodkin
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Sewing machine
  • Pattern PDF
Learn how to:
  • Sew the Tunic No. 1 pattern
  • Attach patch pockets
  • Modify tunic pattern to make an oversized jacket
  • Modify tunic pattern to make a gathered skirt and tie-back variation
  • Modify the length of a pattern
  • Attach bias tape at a neckline
  • Finish edges with pinking shears and a zig-zag stitch
What you’ll get:
  • Step-by-step expert instruction on sewing a basic tunic pattern and three ways you can customize it.
  • 9 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list and downloadable PDF with pattern pieces ($17 value)
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from patternmaker, Sonya Philip
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
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Angela Lamet
Nicely presented.
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Robin Garza
Easy to follow directions.
February 19, 2023
ShirleyA. Tomany
Very good class. The instructor is very well prepared and articulate. She really allows students to see each and every move. Her end products...tunics and jacket... are so versatile and cute!
January 22, 2023