McCall's Tunic Pattern

Pattern: McCall's Misses/Miss Petite Tunic #M5325
What I use it for: Most of my free-form dresses, including bubble hem and A-line.

Where I've used it: Click here to view all of my projects using this pattern.

Why I like it: This is a simple, adaptable pattern that makes a great "base" for designing cotton/lycra blend dresses. It is lined, and has no zippers, darts or fancy work--just two pieces of lycra sewn together with lining. It is this simplicity that makes it so versatile--it can be used a million times without making it look like you have a bunch of the same dresses in your closet. On my Summer Dress, I split the pattern piece at the waist and added some decorative stitching. On the Traditional Mexican, Malinche , and Sweetheart dresses, I only made the top part out of the cotton/lycra blend and then completed the skirt with a cotton fabric. You can also add elements to this pattern as I did with my Striped Dress, where I added sleeves and puffed shoulders. This is definitely one of my go-to pieces that I keep handy at all times (I even had it brought down to me in Mexico!).

Notes: Since this is a tunic, I always make it longer (who wears tunics, anyway?). As a reminder to myself, I cut the actual pattern piece extra long, and occassionally lengthen it even more still. Otherwise, if you are tall, you are going to end up with one slutty little dress.

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