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This tunic dress is yet another simple but elegant design – inspired by many famous designers houses. You must have seen the loose fit and voluminous sleeve details on many street style photos, right? I am making this dress for my postpartum closet as it can help to cover my not so pretty tummy and show off my beautiful chest.
Now let’s see the 3D simulation for this beautiful top, maybe you can find some idea for your next project:
As usual, my pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, so you will find yourself a suitable size. You can also lengthen or shorten the hemline to get your desired length – you can even make a dress from this pattern.
The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the instruction here.
You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!
Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.
HOW TO SEW JOHANNA PUFFED SLEEVE TUNIC DRESS
You will need
- Fabric of your choice
- Some ¼ inch elastic for the cuff
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Printed pattern
What fabric can be used for this project? This design is made for woven fabric, choose the light to medium weight fabric with a good drape so it will falls naturally along your curves.
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.
After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:
You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.
Fabric will be cut into following pieces:
- Front: 1 piece on the fold
- Back: 1 piece on the fold
- Sleeve: 2 pieces
- Front Neck Facing: 1 piece self fabric + 1 piece fusible interfacing
- Back Neck Facing: 1 piece self fabric + 1 piece fusible interfacing
- Elastic for sleeve cuff: 2 pieces
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts etc. from the pattern piece onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Serge the fabric to prevent fraying. If you use non fraying fabric, you can skip this step.
2. Place Front and Back pieces right side facing. Pin and sew the shoulder and side seams.
3. Apply iron on fusible interfacing to front and back neckline facing pieces.
4. Place the Front Neckline Facing and Back Neckline Facing right side facing, pin and sew the shoulder seam.
5. Place the joined Neckline Facing piece and the main garment right side facing. Pin and sew the facing to the garment. Clip the seam allowance at the curve and the point of the V neckline for smoother neckline. Turn the facing in, staystitch the seam allowance to the facing.
6. Sew two parallel lines at the cap of the sleeve, pull the thread to gather the cap so it will match up with the measurement of the armhole.
7. Pin and sew the side seam of the Sleeves.
8. Sew two ends of the elastic to make a loop. Fold the cuff of the sleeve, sew to make a tunnel for the elastic and turn it into a stretchy cuff.
9. Turn the Sleeve inside out, pin it to the armhole so that the sleeve and the armhole facing each other on the right side, matching the notches on each side of the armhole. Sew to join the sleeve to the armhole.
10. Hem the dress, and you’ve made it – the Johanna puffed sleeve tunic dress!
What do you think about it? A super fast and easy fail-proof project, right? And here is the download link:
JOHANNA PUFFED SLEEVE TUNIC DRESS (SIZE XXS – 5XL)
Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns