Oversized tunic dresses have had a strong come back recently which works fine for us, as its the perfect way we like to wear linen. For Drew we added some long sleeves and buttons for easy wear and casual flair. The size is meant to be slightly loose, but you can always adjust the width to suit your beautiful silhouette.
Note: if you are choosing this particular material, be aware that it is not entirely opaque. You might want to wear a slip dress under. We hope you enjoy!
3 yards of IL020 Krista Natural Softened
Matching sewing thread
9 buttons (You can choose to have a different amount if you prefer)
Pattern master, pattern paper
Paper scissors, fabric scissors
Fabric marker, pins, tape measure
Buttonhole sewing foot, seam ripper, hand sewing needle
You can access the multi-sized printable PDF pattern by following this link HERE. The model is wearing US size 6.
Note: Prewash your fabric and tumble dry it until it is still slightly moist, let this dry in room temperature.
1. Use a serger, or choose your own method to protect the seams from fraying. Make sure the method you choose does not add weight to the fabric.
2. Pin together the front and back shoulder seams and stitch together. Press open.
3. Pin along the side seams, and leave the bottom part of the panels unpinned as these will be the slits. Stitch and press.
4. Join together the side seams of a sleeve, make sure the bottom of it is left open as this is the slit. Stitch and press. Repeat for the opposite sleeve.
5. With the wrong side of the body panels facing outwards and the sleeve facing right side out, place it inside the armhole and pin along the curved edge. Stitch and press.
6. Press the wristbands in half and the seam allowance onto its wrong side. Stitch along the short side seam on the wrong side and turn the band onto its right side.
7. Pin the wristband along the sleeve hem, while gathering the longer seam so it all fits along the short wristband length. Topstitch along it and press.
8. Press the seam allowance of one side of the button stand. Then pin the other seam of the button stand along the front centre seams of the body panel.
9. Stitch along the pinned edge, then turn it towards the wrong side of the panel and press it flat. Topstitch over the pressed edge.
10. Press the stand in half and also the seam allowance onto its wrong side. Stitch the side seam and turn the collar stand back onto its right side.
11. Pin the pressed seam allowance along the collar edge and topstitch over the edge.
12. Following this tutorial, measure out and create the right amount of buttonholes along the button stand. Make sure all buttonholes are the same distance apart.
13. Then, follow this tutorial and sew on the buttons at relevant spots on the opposite side of the shirt.
14. Finally, press the remaining unstitched edge of the side seams as well as the bottom hem towards the wrong side of the shirt, then topstitch over these hems.