Simple tunic or dress pattern

striped tunic dress
Floral tunic with free patternDSC_1364 A whole year after I drew this pattern for a simpletunicdresspattern I’ve finally got round to digitizing it and writing a tutorial. (Mental note: never put your intention to do something in writing if you’re not then going to get round to it for ages). At the moment it is available in two sizes, to fit approximately 18mths-2yrs and to fit 2-3yrs. There are tunic and dress options for both sizes with buttons (or poppers) to close at the back. The pattern is for light to mid-weight wovens. Good choices would be cotton shirting or lawn. The bodice is lined but it would be easy to add a lining to the skirt section as well.  I haven’t drawn pieces for the collar which I added to the Liberty print tunic version below, but there are some great tutorials out there for drafting your own (I promise it’s not that tricky). This tutorial by Monica of Adirondack Inspired shows a great method. toddler tunic in liberty print The pattern can be downloaded here*. There are 9 pages which fit together as shown in the image below. Make sure your printer does not resize the pages before printing. Unless stated otherwise the seam allowance is 1cm. Please remember this pattern is for personal use only.

*Please note I managed to get the key wrong so the Skirt pieces are incorrectly labelled. I can’t change this easily as the file was created on an old computer so just make sure your cut the right size skirt!

*tunic pattern layout simple tunic or dress tutorial

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120 thoughts on “Simple tunic or dress pattern

  1. I love this pattern, but would like to have the buttons in the front. At a glance the front and back pattern pieces look pretty similar. Could I just turn the dress around?

    1. Yes the pieces are simple and very similar, that said I wouldn’t just wear it back to front as I think the neckline is cut higher at the back – so might be too high for the front. I would suggest redrawing the neckline so it is lower before turning around.

    1. Yikes! I really don’t remember but am certain 1 yard is definitely enough. Perhaps you could print and layout the pattern to check? Sorry not to be more helpful, I’m away from home at the moment so can’t check myself.

  2. Hi,
    I am a total newbie to sewing! My 3 year old will only wear dresses that twirl! could i add width to the skirt and gather it to make this a twirly dress ? 🙂

    1. Hi, yes increasing the width of the skirt and gathering more would be the easiest way to add more twirl so I think it’s a good idea. You may find you need to add side seams so you can get enough width and also picking a fabric that is not too thick or stiff would be helpful too. Good luck – I think its great to practise you skills while your little one is small – less fabric and hopefully less pickiness!

  3. I would really love to make this pattern, but I’m confused by the two solid and two dotted lines for the skirt pieces. Which line am I supposed to cut on if I want to sew the 2-3 T size? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Amy – Yes sorry the fact that I got the key the wrong way round is not helpful at all! For the skirt section you will need to pick one pieces with the dotted line. If you want a tunic length garment pick the grey dotted line and if you would like the dress length pick the black dotted line. Hope that clears things up a bit…

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