A few days ago, I ran across this dress on pinterest. I was instantly drawn to the side tulip style (for lack of a better term) hemline, so with some of my new fabric, I threw together another lightweight summer tunic with this type of hemline.
It’s basically the same tunic that I made here, but I added a bit of length, and obviously did the tulip-style hemline. I love how it turned out. The little hemline detail just adds a bit of unexpected visual interest and makes it a step above a standard tunic.
- 1 yard of jersey knit material (more or less depending on your size and your desired hemline length)
- matching thread
- shirt or tunic to use as a pattern
Step 1. Using a shirt or tunic as a pattern, cut out your tunic with a 1/2″ seam allowance, as seen below.
*Make sure that you lay your “pattern shirt” along the grainline of the fabric (the directional weave lines of the fabric). When you get a cut of fabric, the top edge is not necessarily even with the grainline, so make sure you’re lining up your “pattern shirt” with those lines, not the top edge of your fabric. Otherwise it will hang weird when you wear it and wash it.
Step 2. Cut your hemline to the desired length and then round the edges, as seen below. Once your hemline is cut, fold your fabric in half to make sure your tunic is perfectly even. Trim if necessary.
Step 3. Sew up the shoulders. Then sew up the sides, stopping right before you get to the curve of the hemline, as seen below. Trim and serge or zigzag the raw edges, if desired (if you trim your sides, make sure you don’t trim below the white dot (as seen below) since you’ll need that extra seam allowance for your hemline).
Step 4. Fold the armholes over twice, pin, and sew around the opening with a wide straight stitch. Do the same for the neckline. Press.
Your neckline and armholes should now look like this:
Step 5. Now for the hemline — this will take some time, but go slowly and carefully so you don’t have to do it twice.
Fold over the hemline twice, carefully pinning the curved sides. Those curves got a bit bunchy for me, so there were some little tucks and folds on the inside of the hemline when I sewed, but as long as the fabric is smooth and straight on the right side of the fabric, you’re good as far as I’m concerned.
For the sides of the hemline, use the extra seam allowance that you didn’t trim, and fold twice from there (you might have to cut into your zizagged or serged seam allowance a centimeter or two, like I did).
Once everything is pinned in place, sew around the entire hemline along the folded edge with a wide straight stitch. When you get to the sides, sew up and across the side seam allowances, as shown below with the white dashes.
*With thin stretchy fabric like this, I have to use a lot of pins to keep things in place, but when I start sewing close to the pins, the fabric can slide and wiggle around a bit, causing my stitching to go crooked. To avoid this, don’t sew over the pins, and don’t sew too near them. Pull them out when you get within about a centimeter of them and you should be good.
Press, and you’re done!
As always, comment or email me with any questions! Happy Sewing!