Spring is fast approaching and with it comes the need for transitional pieces, yet again. Personally, I love to layer, so I can’t complain. Enter, The Jasmine Tunic, designed specifically to help reduce your stash and remnant bin as it takes less than 2 yards of fabric! You can easily wear it under an over-sized cardigan and pair it with some leggings, or style it by itself and roll the sleeves higher during those warmer days. Mood just received these stunningly soft copper/rayon twill fabrics that are practically begging to be made into an unlined garment like this, but you can easily substitute it with a batiste, chambray, challis, or maybe even go full comfort with a jersey version!
Fabrics & materials used:
- 2 yards Navy Washed Copper and Rayon Twill
- Dritz 5 Half Ball Cover Button Kit, size 18-7/16″
- MDF032 – The Jasmine Tunic Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated.
There are a few ways to start your tunic. The pattern calls for a separate front and back yoke, but I taped them together at the shoulder and made it all one piece with the center front on the fold.
Whether you keep them two pieces or combine them, the first step is to attach the front and back yokes to their respective front/back main tunic panels. As usual, I recommend French seams like you see above.
If you did make your yoke one piece, you’ll want to bind the center back edges, like you see above. Then, attach the front and back of your tunic at the sides (and shoulders, if your yoke is two pieces).
Next, create a double fold binding for the tunic to make the neckline look clean. If your yoke is all one piece and separated at the center back, you’ll want to make the binding long enough to tie, like below.
Now, attach your sleeves to each armhole and begin on your sleeve tabs. To make each tab, place to layers with the fabric faces together, sew around the two long edges and the point, leaving the short flat side open. Turn it right-side-out, press, and top-stitch. Place it on your sleeve using the tab guide on your pattern and stitch it into place. Give the bottom of your sleeve a small rolled hem and fold it up 2-3 times until the tab comfortably fits over it.
Cover two small buttons following the directions on the back of your Dritz Cover Button kit and then hand sew one onto each tab, securing it into place on your sleeves.
Lastly, hem your tunic at your desired length with a small rolled hem.
If including the belt, sew both of the belt pieces together at one of the short edges and finish the entire thing with a rolled hem.
The belt should fit around your waist twice comfortably and tie.
I can’t wait to hear what fabrics you’ll be using to try this one out. Let me know what you’re planning in the comments below!!