Whether you’re a beginner sewist or just looking to add some basics to your closet, The Molina Tunic sewing pattern needs to be your next project. With the growing popularity of Capsule Wardrobes, simple designs are finding their way onto people’s sewing lists more and more. This pattern’s minimalist look gives you every opportunity to make it your own. Make it a wardrobe staple with a solid peachskin like we did, or make a statement with one of Mood’s Exclusive Collections. Use the optional necktie for an easy contrast or add some trim along the hem to turn a simple tank into and adorable mini dress!
Fabrics & materials used:
- 2 yards Navy Polyester Peachskin
- MDF120 – The Molina Tunic Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
To start, both version go together the same way. Begin by attaching the front and back facing pieces at the shoulders and sides, like you see below.
Press your seams open and then repeat with your regular shirt pieces, attaching them at the shoulders and sides. Note, I chose to use French seams for the sides of the shirt since only the top portion is faced.
Fold the bottom 1/4″ of your facing upward, towards the wrong side of the fabric and edge-stitch. Pin the facing around the neckline of your shirt, fabric faces together, and sew. Clip the seam allowance so the fabric doesn’t pull when you flip it. Turn the garment right side out, and press. Sew the facing at the armholes and clip your seam allowances. Again, press.
Lastly, hem the bottom of your tunic and your basic garment is complete!
If you’re upgrading your garment with the optional necktie, add your grommets 2.5″ from the bottom of the v-neck by following the directions on your grommet plier kit.
To make the tie, fold your fabric in half along the length and sew along one short side and the long edge. Turn the fabric right side out through the opening at the end and press. Slip-stitch the open end closed and press again.
Which version of The Molina will you be trying out? Let me know in the comments!
Hi, thanks so much for this beautiful pattern. When putting the pattern together, should the edges of the paper be cut or should they be taped as is?
Hi Arika! I personally don’t trim the paper edges, but you could if you wanted. As long as your printer is scaled to 100% and you match up the guidelines at the corners of your paper, you should be all good. 🙂
wonderful sewing pattern
Is the 1/2″ seam allowance included on the pattern, or do I need to mark that on my fabric before cutting. (I’ve downloaded patterns elsewhere where this was the case. ??)
Hi Dee, this pattern includes a 1/2″ seam allowance already. 🙂
Hello! Will this work in a non-stretch fabric? How much ease is built into the pattern? Thank you!
Hi, Jean! Yes, the peachskin I used for this one was non-stretch. 🙂
I love the look, thanks for the pattern! If I want to make it out of a fabric I have that is 45″ wide will that work with the suggested two yards? thanks
Hi Cathy, 2 yards should still be good, but if you have a print with a noticeable direction, you may want to get an extra half yard or so just to be safe!
Thank you. My granddaughter will love this!
Are there written instructions for this pattern?
Hi Rose! The instructions are the blog post above. 🙂
Hi Courtney! Is there a copy shop-sized download option that I am not seeing? Thanks for your time!
Unfortunately not at the moment, but we’re hoping to offer alternative file types in the future!
Thank you very much for this pattern. Just what I was looking for. Am grateful for the extended sizes too.
Thank you very much.
This is my first download. Can this also be made with stretch fabrics?
Hi Mary! You can certainly use a stretch fabric for this as well – we used a liverpool knit for this version here. 🙂
Thank you, I can’t wait to give this a try. Beautiful!
This is such a pretty silhouette – so many tunics are just boxy rectangles, and I don’t understand that. Those work for very few bodies without looking like a potato sack. Thank you for this. 🙂
Could you give more detail about how to sew the facing at the armholes when the garment is right side out, please? I’m almost finished but I can’t figure out this step.
Hi, Joy! This illustrated tutorial might help – it has a few different methods! 🙂
I can’t wait to make this top. I’m just about to print, but I have a quick question. Can I use a lining fabric for the facings instead of the same fabric as the rest of the top? thanks!
Hi Charonique! It is certainly possible. However, if you are making Option A with the grommets, we recommend using the same fabric for the facings, as it adds a little extra strength along high-stress areas. 🙂
Are the measurements given for the sizes body measurements or finished garment measurements?
Hi Megan! They are body measurements. 😀
Is there anything special I should know if I want to use a lightweight cotton or linen fabric for this pattern? Also, do you have any patterns for sleeveless shirts with different necklines?
Hi Adelle, those fabrics will definitely work with the Molina Tunic! Most of our shirt patterns can be made sleeveless without much difficultyl. As long as there’s a seam on the shoulder, simply omit the sleeves and finish the edges! 🙂