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How to Draft a Tunic Top

A tunic is super easy to wear, and it hides a multitude of "sins"!  It will make you look long and lean, hide wide hips or a big belly, and looks great with skinny pants, jeans, or a shorter skirt.

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The tunic is basically a longer version of a blouse or top, often a pull-over-the-head style.

Vents at the hem allow easy movement (the hem can be too restricting without them, so I highly recommend simple vents).

You can cinch the waist with a belt if you like, or just wear it straight.

And it's so easy to draft!

You'll be using your basic blouse block for this pattern.

And don't forget to finish your pattern! Add seam allowances, hems, and facings when you're done!

How to Draft the Tunic

A tunic is generally 4 - 6” longer than the blouse (which ends at the hip).

Add about 1” at each side seam, at the hem, and taper to meet the armhole of the blouse block.

There is no need to add to the bust or shoulders.  A natural fit, with a bust dart, will be most flattering.

You can also "hide" the bust dart with a yoke seam across the front.

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A vent at each side seam, at the hem, will also allow for ease of movement.

Place a notch approximately 6” above the hemline to mark the length of the  vent opening.

Make sure that the slight flare at the sides is the same front and back (the total width of the pattern may not be the same, but the angle and length of the side seams should match).

What's the Next Step?

Now, design the neckline or collar and sleeves as you choose. The sketch at the top of this page has a simple notched neckline and the bell sleeves.

And don't forget to finish your pattern with seam allowances, facings - or whatever is required of your style.

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