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Self-Drafted Linen Tunic


You may remember that a few weeks ago I showed you some brightly coloured linen that I bought from Calico Laine.


I made this Vogue designer Summer dress from the ‘Pool Blue’ and blogged about it here.


The gorgeous ‘Leaf Green’ was destined to become a tunic top of sorts, but I couldn’t find an off the shelf pattern that I liked enough so I decided to draft my own.

I had several features in mind from other tops I own that I wanted to incorporate, so I played around awhile until I came up with this: –

A one-piece front with a centre front pleat and two horizontal partial pleats running parallel to the hem.


The back was also to be one-piece and would have some added shape in the form of external darts.

It was also to be shorter than the front and there would be slits on both sides.


This is the finished tunic which, from the creases, you can see has been worn quite a bit already.


The inverted centre front pleat was reinforced with a line of top stitching….


…and a couple of coconut shell buttons.


The parallel pleats at the bottom were designed to lift the tunic in the middle leaving the sides to drape lower.

To acheive the desired effect, the pleats were only partial and I only sewed between the pins as shown below.



I like the darts from the dress I made but was happier after securing them flat against the back, so I did the same with this tunic.


Much better!


French seams and narrow hems were used throughout.


The front pleats hang exactly as envisioned….


…and I added a gathered pocket at the last minute, matching the style with a pleat and another coconut shell button.


It’s a little bit stiff at the moment but will soften after the first wash.

I love it – the perfect loose, linen tunic to throw on over a pair of comfy linen trousers and mess around in the garden.

So cool and easy to wear and a lovely cheerful shade of lime green!


I could have brushed my hair for the photo though – I look like a tree with a bird’s nest on the top:)

Author: sewchet

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41 thoughts on “Self-Drafted Linen Tunic

  1. LOL at your last sentence! All the pleats are fab, and those buttons are just perfect aren’t they! I hope you get a lot of wear out of it. Now to use the hot pink linen before the sun disappears πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, it’s a bit different to anything you can get in the shops, isn’t it? I think the pink has got to be another dress, although I don’t have a pattern in mind yet. I may have to draft my own again:)

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  2. Hehe, that is the sort of thing that I would do, get so busy photographing what I have made and forget everything else πŸ™‚ lets hope the good weather holds. You inspired me to buy some linen myself, I just need to get on and use it. x

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  3. Stunning! Love all your top stitching and finer details, it’s definitely nothing like anything in the shops cos it’s so well made! Maybe in some ridiculously expensive shop they’d have something nearly as good.
    Have you thought about putting your pattern on Etsy? Some patterns are sometimes in just one size (not normally mine!!) . Not sure how difficult it is but might be worth thinking about. πŸ˜€

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  4. Your tunic is gorgeous! Lovely finishing techniques too. Your last sentence made me chuckle, I had to scroll back to look at the photo – you could have got away with it!

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  5. This looks fantastic – loooove green. Thanks for the close up of the buttons you can really appreciate the quality of the linen and could almost ‘feel’ it.

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    • Thanks! I don’t wear a lot of green because this is the only shade that suits me and there’s only so much lime green you can have in your wardrobe! I use coconut shell buttons a lot – they’re cheap (a waste product) and go with any casual item. I bought loads of the linen and have lots still to use; it’s excellent quality and a great price:)

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  6. What a fabulous tunic!! You are so good at making your own patterns and designs, you need never to buy from a shop again πŸ˜‰ Love both the dress and the tunic, now I can’t wait to see the creation with the pink linen πŸ™‚

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    • No pressure then! I do like wearing something a bit different and the high street tends to be a little too conservative for my taste. Making my own makes sense. Wish I could find inspiration for the pink – it’s my favourite out of the three linens:)

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  7. LOVE your pattern & tunic ~ agree with Ali: think about etsy! Now must check out your linen source, as I’ve not found a good one over here.

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  8. This is gorgeous! I love the colour and the pocket! πŸ™‚

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  9. Oh wow! I love it. It looks so comfortable. I would want to wear it all the time. You are a great seamstress. Is there anything that you can not do? LOL You rock lovie!!

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  10. Omg. Love it. If you do do a pattern, I’d buy it.

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  11. Beautiful. You’re so creative. You should definitely have a go at doing a pattern to sell. I’m sure sorting out the download/printed off bits won’t be too much of a challenge for a smart cookie like you.

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  12. I’d buy this pattern! It has such a great shape and it looks really comfy.

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  13. Your attention to detail and sense of style is inspiring! I’m adding my interest in seeing what becomes of the pink too πŸ™‚

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  14. You are such a fabulous seamstress! I love everything you sew – you do it SO well! Marianne xx


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