Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Poncho Tunic

One of my dearest friends just had a birthday, and I wanted to make her something cute. She lives too far to be my model, which is too bad because she will rock this piece when she wears it! 

I followed my own Poncho Shirt Tutorial to make this, but made a few changes because of the length. I will walk your through it all. No biggie, I promise!

To begin, you will need 1.25 yards (45 inches) of 60 inch wide fabric. I suggest a knit fabric so it will stretch nicely. Also, many knits roll nicely on the edges, so you don't have to hem. 
You'll also need elastic thread, and all-purpose coordinating thread

1. Fold the fabric in half so it is 45" long by 30" wide (folded). 

2. Cut along the fold, making two pieces, each 45x30". Lay it out with short sides on top and bottom.

3. Follow the instructions in Steps 2-7 of the Poncho Shirt Tutorial for making the neckline and shoulders. 

4. Hem the neckline.

5. Cut a curve on each side of the base of the tunic, as shown. I cut one side, then folded it in half and used the cut side as a guide for cutting the other side.  I also trimmed about 1.5 inches from each side of the tunic because I decided not to do a rolled hem. If you need to hem your edges, do that now, all the way around the bottom and sides.

6. Beginning 9 inches down and 4 inches in, pin through both front and back, 18 inches down the tunic, on both sides to make the arm holes and give shape to the piece.

7. With elastic thread in your bobbin, stitch along the pins, removing as you go. Tie off with a back stitch or two at the beginning and end.

8.  With iron on lowest heat for fabric, press along the elastic to draw it up further, if desired.

With the fabric I chose, I liked the look best with a belt. I tried it with a jean jacket--also super cute for fall!  So many possibilities here! And so easy to make!

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  1. This is so cute! I love longer shirts that I can wear with leggings. I'm just learning to sew, but I think this is something I could handle. I love the fabric you chose! Thanks for sharing with Hump Day Happenings.

  2. Stopping by from Say G'Day link up. I love this tunic - such an easy project, too. I pinned this so I will remember how to make one - I have a stash of knit fabric to use up.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this at the Say G’Day Linky Party. I’ve just shared your post on Pinterest/Twitter/Facebook. You are so clever!

    Best wishes for a great week!
    Natasha in Oz

  4. Love this! I'm a sucker for tunics! Like the pattern- works great with black yoga pants and black belt.
    Thank you, for linking up with Merry Mondays.


  5. Very cute! Your friend will love her gift. Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday!

  6. Uhh, I really like your tunic :-) The fabric is very pretty, too. Thanks for your tutorial, I know that making one can take quite some time!
    Greetings, Ronja Lotte

  7. Cool, funky and comfortable. What a winner!!

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday link party on Smart Party Planning.

  8. Great basic piece to have in your (friends) closet. I love the print on the fabric, so pretty. Thanks so much for sharing at Make it Monday!

  9. This is soo cute and simple to make! Great tutorial! Stopping by from LiveRandomlySimple Totally Terrific Tuesday Link Up Party! Thanks for linking up last week! Party is NOW live, hope you can make it back and link up some more awesome content!!
    Jess http://www.liverandomlysimple.com

  10. Nice tutorial. This poncho style is actually one of my youngest dd's favorite style of tops. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinned.

  11. This would be so cute with leggings and boots during the Fall. :) Thanks for sharing!!

    Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday party last week. I look forward to seeing what you link up again this week. Hope you'll be there!

    Have an awesome week :)

  12. Love this! Thanks for sharing how to make it.

  13. It's beautiful! What a lucky friend you have. Thanks for linking up at the Stitch It, Blog It, Share It Link Party!