Ombre Tunic

Hi! I’m Sumo, and I blog over at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff. I’m so excited to be contributing today!

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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 2 by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics

Moonstitch ribbon in Deep Purple

Grosgrain Ric Rac in Violet

Double Ruffle Ribbon in Light Orchid

Twill ribbon in Lavender

Satin/Grosgrain Combo in White

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.


Hem up the sleeve, 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 four 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.


“Sumo is the writer and creator behind Sumo’s Sweet Stuff. She is married to her best friend, and has three beautiful girls that are age three and under. Sewing is her favorite creative outlet, but has also been known to bust out the paint and Mod Podge when the mood strikes. Sumo has an extreme fondness for Diet Coke, her minivan, her sewing machine, buying fabric, and most sweets. You can find sewing, crafting, and cooking inspiration at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, so come on over!”

Thank you so much Sumo! I LOVE the gathered tulle on the bottom. Too cute!

This tunic is so cute and perfect for Spring!
Get creative with all of our beautiful ribbon to make your own.

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please submit a project.

Have a great day! 🙂

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  1. Posted March 15, 2012 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    That is so cute! Your daughter looks adorable in it. Megan

  2. Posted March 15, 2012 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Super cute Summer!!! I love the purple!

  3. sarah
    Posted May 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    i think it looks just as adorable if not more so with no sleeves.. i am definately going to try…

  4. Ruthy
    Posted May 17, 2012 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Is beautiful and so refreshing for my grandaughter. Thank You for sharing!

  5. Posted July 19, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    This is such a cute shirt for both my girls! I was wondering how the tulle held up after several washings, though? Or do you have to hand wash it? Thanks for a great idea and great, easy to follow instructions!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 25, 2012 at 7:30 am | Permalink

      I checked with the blogger and she said that it has held up just fine with multiple washings. And if you are worried about it, you can wash it on a gentle cycle. I hope this helps! – Shirley 🙂

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