Threads Logo Threads Logo Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon

Sign in or become an insider to access this story

Sign In

Custom Tunic

Convert a shirt pattern into a contemporary cowl top.

Threads #201, Feb./Mar. 2019
Article Image
In my custom-clothing business, I design and produce garments that are classic in style but modern in detail, fabricated in luxurious textiles. Pieces like these can be expensive, but they’re worth the price. Their versatility makes them good-looking staples for any wardrobe. A perennial favorite garment from my collections is a cowl-neck tunic, which I sew in top-quality white fabrics. It’s a sophisticated update to the traditional white blouse, and it works with skirts, pants, and even under easy-fitting jackets and sweaters. In white, the tunic has a minimalist appeal. Try it in a patterned or colored fabric for a different effect. You can adapt a basic shirt pattern to make your own version of this tunic. Choose a pattern with some ease and a relatively flat sleeve cap. Avoid princess seams, and opt for side bust darts or no darts at all. The version shown features a bias-cut collar that drapes beautifully. I add a faced side vent, a deep front pleat that’s topstitched at bust level and released below, and a back yoke and center-back tucks. These provide design interest and ease. They can be modified as desired. The long, straight sleeve can be adapted, too, to include…

Start your 14-day FREE trial to access this story.

Start your FREE trial today and get instant access to this article plus access to all Threads Insider content.

Start Your Free Trial

Sign up for the Threads eletter

Get the latest including tips, techniques and special offers straight to your inbox.

Sign Up

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Subscribe to Threads today

Save up to 37% and get a free gift


Log in or become a member to post a comment.

More From Threads

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All


  • Sign up for the Threads eletter

    Get the latest including tips, techniques and special offers straight to your inbox.

    Sign Up
  • SewStylish


    Take a look inside the pages of SewStylish Spring 2017.

  • CraftStylish


    Expert craft tutorials, news, and tips for sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, paper crafts, embroidery, jewelry making, and more!