my big girls borrowed a shirt from a friend that had one regular t-shirt sleeve and one flowy flappy sleeve. they asked if i could make them another one & i was honest when i said no, BUT i could make a shirt with 2 flowy flappy sleeves. (notice i didn’t call this the flowy flappy sleeve shirt. while i think it could work it doesn’t have as nice a ring as easy breezy 10 minute tunic.) this tunic is perfect to wear over leggings and i can’t wait for it to cool off so i can wear my long sleeved version.
notes on fabric – i have been buying my knit fabric at the thrift, in the joann’s remnant bin or at my very favorite local shop, S.A.S. fabric. S.A.S. has thousands of fabrics that you get for the most amazing prices (designer voile for $4/yard!!) the tissue weight knit i use is all from S.A.S. and i love it, but it does require a tank underneath. good thing i don’t mind layering. each of my shirts has cost less than $5, with most of them being a buck or 2.
EASY BREEZY 10 MINUTE TUNIC – TODDLER/CHILDREN’S/ADULT VERSION
~1 ¼ yds (toddler) 1 ½ yds (children’s) 1 ¾ yds (adult) of knit fabric.
~you only need the circumference of the widest part of your body. for children this is usually the waist. for me, it was my hips. when making a tunic for children, i add an extra 2 – 3″ inches to the half waist circumference. it makes it easier to get on and off and gives some wiggle room. i didn’t find it necessary on mine since i like my tunic snug on my hips. if you are large-breasted (which i’m not,) i’d guess you would need to consider your breasts and add 2 or 3 extra inches.
~you can also make it longer with more material. my finished tunics are 20″ (toddler) 27” (children’s) and 30″ – 32″ (adult) top to bottom
~fold fabric in half, lining up stripes/pattern, if needed. when i measured my girls, their waists were 20″, so i made sure that my rectangle was at least 24″ across (1/2 of waist + 3″ + 5 1/2″ on each side for sleeve)
~mark the stitch lines according to center of rectangle, using the half of waist +3″/hip circumference. be sure to mark according to distance from top, side and bottom.
~pin the 2 layers together at stitch lines
~sew on marked stitch line with a ball-point needle
~mark neck curve to your liking & cut. i like to fold it in half and cut a curved wedge out. you can curve it out about 3 inches (or less) from the center. make it small, as each knit will stretch differently. if you cut it too big, you can layer with a tank as an off-the-shoulder shirt, no problem
~if you’d like to make this a 20 minute tunic, you can simply turn each hem ¼” and stitch with a zig zag for a more finished look.
~please let me know if you have questions
~i would also appreciate if you would give me credit with a link to ohjennymae.com