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DIY tunic linen dress tutorial

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Learn how to make a DIY tunic linen dress with this quick tutorial. Earlier on, I made a frayed edges linen dress that is probably the easiest dress in the world. I decided recently to change its look, and here’s how I did it.

This is the frayed edges linen dress I’m talking about.

DIY tunic linen dress

DIY tunic linen dress tutorial

First, you need to finish the inside seams – the shoulder seams and the side seams. I’m sorry I didn’t take pictures from the start of this project.

Then, I lowered the front neckline – I wanted it dropped two inches from the original top center.

lower front neckline

Immediately after that, I made another staystitching line on the neckline to stop the curved edge from stretching out.

staystitch neckline

I used self-made bias tape to finish the edge of the neckline. So I folded in half the bias tape and placed it around the neckline.

add bias tape to the neckline

Then I stitched it with a small seam allowance.

bias tape neckline

After trimming the seam allowance (if necessary), I turned the bias tape towards the inside of the dress and pressed it well. Then I pinned it in place and stitched around the neckline.

finishing neckline with bias tape tutorial

Do your best to keep your stitching line an even distance from the neckline edge.

bias tape on neckline instructions

All that is left to do now is hem the sleeves and the bottom of the dress. I serged the raw edges, then made a small turned hem.

turned hem sleeve

That was easy, right?

Last, I added a fabric belt to my tunic linen dress.

tunic linen dress tutorial

I love how my little tunic dress turned out, and I think that I’ll enjoy wearing it for years to come!

Linen dress with belt and pockets

DIY sewing tunic dress
tunic dress, back view

Did you find this DIY linen dress tutorial helpful? I’d like to hear what you think of it! And I would LOVE to see pictures if you give this pattern a try.

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3 thoughts on “DIY tunic linen dress tutorial”

  1. Wow! Thank you so much for generously sharing this sweet tutorial. I’m a real beginner and have searched high and low for just the right first garment project. I can’t wait to get started because not only is this easy enough for me, but the dress itself is just goshdarn adorable! 🖖

    • I actually meant to post this on your frayed original version, but got so excited I clicked on this finished version too. I will make this one for my second project!

      • So glad to hear this, Josie! Thank you for your kind words!
        This is exactly why I made this tutorial – I wanted to show that even a beginner can make a dress – without a pattern, without taking a lot of body measurements, in a relaxed manner, and super fast as well. I’ve worn this dress a lot and cannot wait to wear it again – spring is finally around the corner.
        When I was a beginner I doubted myself so much, so often. I let so many limiting beliefs hold me back – for example I thought that there is a magic ratio for the front & back neck width, where to place the pockets, ok but how wide to cut the sleeves? Etc. It was so silly actually… Sometimes it’s better to just do it.


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