The Little Tummy Tunic, Free pattern and tutorial

We originally shared this post as part of GYCT’s baby series. We are bringing it home and have expanded the free sizes available! The pattern below is available for download HERE. It comes in sizes 3-6 months, 6-9 months, and 12 months.

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Hi! My name is Rachel, I blog over at Once Upon a Sewing Machine with my mom Donna. We primarily sew for my two little ones, but today I’m sharing a little top I put together for my two new nieces! I was lucky enough to welcome in a niece on both sides of my family this Fall.

I’m in the Midwest so layering is great for a big chunk of the year. I made up a little tunic top for the girls, something fun to slide over a long sleeve onsie. Then when the inevitable happens and some one barfs or spills you can pull off and replace, hopefully with out having to get the kiddo totally naked!

tunic title

 

tunic hem

 

tunic button

These go together really quick! I did some tweaks to the pattern shape ¬†after the first run through, don’t let that throw you the pieces are all the same.

free pattern baby shirtYou’ll need:

1/2- 3/4 yard of fabric (I used a woven, but if you want to use a knit I would recommend sizing down)

1 button

3″ of 1/8″ elastic or elastic thread

Your 3-6 month, 6-9 month, 12 month free pattern, Download it HERE

Use a 3/8″ allowance through out.¬†

Printing:

Make sure you are printing at 100% or “no scaling”. Do NOT print from the preview mode this will screw up your scaling. Measure your 1″ squares, there is one on every page. Remember even a small discrepancy in scaling can compile to make a big difference in sizing. Cut out to the outside of the light gray line line that borders the pattern pieces. When you lay out your pages it will look like this-

layout

Here we go!

tunicI like an elastic loop for dressing babies- easier to dress a moving baby!

tunic 3Sew both your shoulders (RST)

tunic 4Repeat with your facings. I would recommend finishing the bottom of your facing pieces. You can serge them, use pinking shears or put a tiny hem in.

tunic 5Baste your elastic loop to the back of your garment. Drop it down about an inch from the top, adjust your loop size based on the size of your button.

tunic 6b

Lay your facings RST with your garment. You are going to sew the around the armholes and up the back around the neck and back down.

tunic 7Clip your corners and your curves and turn! Then press, press, press.

tunic 8Match your back seam right sides together. Sew from the bottom all the way up to meet your previous sewing line. You may have to lift your facings to make sure you don’t catch them.

tunic 9Pin your side seams. Make sure to match your facings right sides together also underneath the arm. You will sew the entire side seam continuously and then fold your facing back down. Repeat for the other side seam.

tunic 10Top stitch the neck line and armholes.

Sew on a button.

And finish your hem using your desired method. If you are going to turn under I would do a 1/4″, press, roll another 1/4″, hem. (I added binding to dress mine up!)

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Happy Sewing,

Rachel and Donna

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Comments

  1. Such a practical little garment and so cute, too!!!
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  2. Any suggestions for which size to try for my twin baby girls? They are 10mo old, 15 lbs, and 3rd percentile. Maybe the 6-9mo size? Thanks for such an adorable pattern! Cannot wait to try it out! I think some Voile is in my online purchasing list! ;-)

  3. Ohhhh!!! I love a free pattern. And this is particularly cute. Thanks!

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