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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Ombre Ribbon Tunic:.

Ombre is super trendy right now, so I was excited to find a way to work this trend into my sewing. I think this tunic is fun with it’s mostly monochromatic look, while still incorporating the ombre trend and some different textures.


My inspiration piece was found on Pinterest from Mod Cloth, and I tweaked it to fit what I was looking for.

The Ribbon Retreat offers so many different supplies; it was super fun browsing around for what to use. 

Here’s what I settled on:

- Lilac Lattice fabric from Aviary line
- Moonstitch ribbon in Deep Purple
- Grosgrain Ric Rac in Violet
- Double ruffle ribbon JKM in Light Orchid
- Twill ribbon in Lavender
- Tulle in Pansy
- Thread in Amethyst


To make this tunic, you can definitely use a pattern you already have. That makes it much easier! But if you don’t have a pattern to use, you can start off by grabbing a shirt in the size of the tunic you are making. In my case, it is 4T. Measure the width of the shirt.


Mine was 11 inches.


I knew I wanted this to be loose and flowy, so I doubled my width and added a couple extra inches. This part is just a preference; do it to the width of your liking. Same goes for length! I like to cut my fabric on the fold, starting with the length. This saves a step later when you only have to hem up one side! Cut out some arm holes, making sure they all match up! This is another place where a pattern comes in handy!


Hem up the bottom of your tunic.


Measure from just underneath the arm pit to the bottom hem. Divide it by how many ribbons and trims you are planning on using to find out the equal measurements between ribbons. (For a fun alternative, you could do them gradually smaller or larger instead).



Use a fabric marker and your ruler to draw lines on the entire width of the fabric where you will be sewing your ribbons.


Pin your first ribbon in place.


Sew the ribbon in place. For wider ribbon like this, I sewed along the top and the bottom of the ribbon so that it doesn’t get all flipped up in the wash.


Repeat for your remaining ribbons.


Now it’s tulle time! The tulle comes on a spool, so I just un-rolled A LOT of it. I’d say as a general rule of thumb, if you want your tulle to be about as gathered as mine, to go between 4-6 times the width. I just eyeballed it, you can always cut any extra off if it’s too long! I folded the tulle in half, and gathered it along the folded edge, so that the raw, open edges would be coming out from the bottom of the tunic.


Pin the tulle in place.


I top stitched the tulle down, going back over my original hem line.


Now it’s time for sleeves. You’ll need to cut two sleeves to the length and width you want. There should be matching arm holes cut out of the sleeves. Pin the sleeve to the tunic, right sides together, and sew along the arm hole. Attach the other side of the sleeve to the back of the tunic. Finish your edges to prevent fraying.


When your sleeves are attached, you’ll need to hem up the one side of your tunic, starting with your sleeve. Sew all along that edge to the bottom hem. Finish your edge.


At the top of the tunic, create a casing for the elastic to gather at the neckline. Leave a two to three inch opening in the back to insert your elastic. Cut the elastic to your desired length, and use a safety pin to guide it through the casing. Overlap the elastic ends one inch and sew. Sew up your casing.


And you are done!


What do you think?


I love the variations on color, but also the monochromatic look that you get. Plus, the different textures and sizes give the tunic a funky look.


I think my three year old liked it, don’t you?


She was pretty excited to wear it; it makes sewing so much fun when she gets excited about what I make for her!


It looks like she’s posing, huh? She’s really just tolerating the picture taking while straining to watch T.V. Just keeping it real.


One more for good measure.

Linking up here:


  1. Super cute---I love all different trims.

  2. Wow Summer, you did a great job, and love the little fur trim, it makes the whole outfit! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  3. I am going to be featuring you tomorrow morning on Blissful and Domestic. Stop by and grab a button.



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