The Harper Tunic captures the best elements of my most worn closet staples— an easy, unfussy fit, half sleeves that stay out of the way (or slim, cropped long sleeves if you choose that view), flattering mid-thigh length, and one big pocket to catch all the miscellany I end up with throughout the day.
The cut skims the body loosely making it ideal for layering in the fall and winter. It’s my favorite tunic to wear to the studio—when you’re working, comfort is key, but you still want to look put together. The Harper has an interesting and avant-garde appeal, and it would only be improved by drips and smears of paint or a dusting of flour from the kitchen.
Make this style in various weight fabrics for year-round wear. Our most popular version of this tunic is made in our Midweight Linen, but we also love it in a lightweight gauze or warm, nubby wool for winter.
The Short Sleeve Tunic is a simple silhouette with elbow length sleeves.
The Long Sleeve Tunic is slightly narrower in the body to accommodate the insertion of the drop-shoulder, bracelet length sleeve.
Beginner difficulty. Suitable for sewers of all levels. This pattern requires topstitching and inserting a bias binding. Choose from Sizes OS Minus - OS Plus 3 and two sleeve length options to create your next favourite tunic.
This pattern has 5 pattern pieces in total, and can be completed in about two and a half hours including cutting time.
Recommended Fabrics and Required Materials
Light- to medium-weight fabrics with no stretch will work exceptionally well. Linen, cotton voile, silk crepe, seersucker, tencel, rayon-pretty much anything with some drape will work for this pattern. Lighter weight fabrics will add more drape, and heavier fabrics will result in a more structured garment. You can even try this in a wool or wool blend for a wintry option.
-Fabric of your choice--see detailed fabric requirements here
-All purpose polyester thread
-Sewing machine (capable of a straight stitch)
Sizing and Fit
This pattern is offered in our entire size range of OS Minus-OS Plus 3 and two sleeve options.
See our detailed size guide and finished garment measurements for this pattern here.
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- Jeane H.Verified Buyer2 weeks agoRated 3 out of 5 starsHARPER TUNIC
I am fighting fit issues.
I first cut out on largest size to compensate for belly fat (full bust 51", belly 54"), did muslin. Gaping arm holes, material bunching under arms, I really think it needs a bust dart, too tight around neck, should have shortened (I'm 5'2"). I'm on my second cut now, size smaller with modifications. We shall see.
It showed such great fit in pictures, almost disappointed I purchased.
- Dawn Y.Verified Buyer1 month agoRated 5 out of 5 starsI just had the pattern printed in full size.
The pattern is lovely, and the instructions are really fantastic for an old sewer just getting back in the swing of things. I have not yet bought the fabric, and when I see the way the fabrics are displayed online, it really clarifies the way a particular fabric drapes, and helps me decide what type of material to buy for my project. Thank you!
- Lisa T.Verified Buyer1 month agoRated 5 out of 5 starsI love this shirt!
I ended up making the top using the sleeves (I shortened them) that came with the long sleeve pattern. I really like how it turned out. I went a size down because I didn’t want as much ease and am very happy with the way it turned out. I don’t normally wear a lot of tunics but am already planning my second shirt. I love the large pocket.
- Ann B.Verified Buyer1 month agoRated 5 out of 5 starsGreat pattern. Live the result.
Pattern directions are clear. This is a great beginner project.
- Cindy M.Verified Buyer2 months agoRated 5 out of 5 starsLovely!
Easy and quick to sew. Flows beautiful on the body. The pocket really makes it!