Little Tunic {tutorial}

I'm just gonna come right out with it, this was supposed to turn out as a dress. There I admitted it! I screwed up! But I have to say that at least my screw up turned out to be a cute one ;)
And now I know what I have to do to make a dress for next time...and knowing is _________ (oh come on don't tell me you didn't watch GI Joe)!
But seriously I actually think I like the tunic better being as my daughter spends much of her day scooting around on her behind.

Here's what you'll need:

2 coordinating fat quarters for 12-18months
Disappearing fabric marker
Sewing machine/Serger
Ruler/Yard stick
Ribbon/lace/elastic for button loop

Start by cutting the following:
1- Outer bodice 10 1/2"h x 10 1/2"w (first fabric)
1- Inner bodice 6 1/2"h x 10 1/2"w (first fabric)
2- Arm bands 2 1/2"h x 10 1/2"w (second fabric)
2- Body 8 1/2"h x 16"w (second fabric)
2- Trim at bottom 2"h x 16"w (first fabric)

This image isn't going to look right because I put the measurements on the inner bodice piece. These are the measurements to use on the OUTER bodice piece, mark them on the wrong side of the fabric.
On the INNER bodice mark the same measurements EXCEPT the outside measurements will be approximately 1 1/2" instead of the 3 1/4" as shown above.
Cut out the hole and down the line on both the inner and outer bodice.

Take a small amount of lace, ribbon, or elastic and make a loop for the button hole.

Place the inner bodice on top of the outer bodice RIGHT sides together. Place the loop at the to of the cut line with the loop on the inside.
Sew an 1/8" seam completely around the hole and line.

Flip right side out and iron around the seams. 
Machine baste or serge the top and bottom edges of the bodice. 

Take an armband and lay it RIGHT sides together with the bodice. Stitch or serge pieces together.

Iron the seam open.

Iron up bottom edge 1/4".

Flip up the band iron and stitch in place.

Repeat for other arm.

Stitch or serge just the arm band closed.

For the body first stitch or serge the two body pieces together making one long piece around 32" long. Do the same for the 2 trim pieces. Then place the trim piece along the bottom of the body RIGHT sides together, stitch or serge the pieces together.

Iron seam open then iron up the bottom 1/4". Complete just like the armbands by folding the bottom up ironing and stitching in place.

Gather the body. See High Waisted Skirt for details on how to gather fabric.
Then stitch or serge the short ends together as is below.

Place the bodice RIGHT side out into the skirt WRONG side out. Line up raw edges and stitch together.
Flip skirt down, add a button the back and there it is folks!

Got Questions? Just ask!
Happy Crafting!


  1. Adorable! Goodness I need my girl home ASAP! You share the best tutorials with us! Thank you!

    1. Thanks! I really loved how this one turned out and think I must make more!

  2. So cute! Visiting from the wow me Wednesday blog hop.
    Connie from Sadieloohoo

  3. that is adorable!! I'd love for you to stop by and link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings

  4. Thank you for linking up @ last week Craft, Create and Inspire linky party !!

    Your project is featured this week :)

    Hope you will stop by and join us today with another great project !!

    Have a lovely weekend

    Claire x

  5. oh please please help me make this a little bigger for my 5 year old!! i have couple fat quarters ive been trying to figure out how to make top out of for her and Im a beginner sewer.


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