The Paloma Top, Tunic & Dress

from Meg McElwee

The Paloma Top, Tunic & Dress Pattern


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Sewing: The Paloma Top, Tunic & Dress
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Pattern Details:

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Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Sewing with knit fabrics (we provide a tutorial for first-timers - no serger necessary)
  • Straight and curved seams
  • Gathering

Pattern Description:

Invigorate your casual wardrobe with the breezy Paloma. The Paloma is as comfortable as your most-loved t-shirt, but adds a shapely, elegant flair. The Paloma has a flat front and gathering at the sides. It can be easily sewn on any sewing machine, and is perfect for your first (or hundredth) sewing project using knits. This pattern includes three variations - top, tunic or dress - and can be made with short- or 3/4-length sleeves.

The instructions provide a tutorial for sewing with knits using a conventional sewing machine. Detailed tips on sewing with knits are available at Finally, we offer complete kits with the fabric and Steam-a-Seam for making this pattern at

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Women's XS (0-2) to XL (18-20)


  • Add 1/4 yard of fabric if you want 3/4-length sleeves
  • Top: 2-1/4 yards (2 m) of 54" (1.4 m) or wider knit fabric, such as a jersey knit
  • Tunic: 2-1/2 yards (2.3 m)
  • Dress: 2-7/8 yards (2.7 m)
  • 6 yards 1/4" (6 mm) wide Lite Steam-a-Seam 2
  • Coordinating thread
  • Stretch sewing machine needle
  • Tracing paper

About Designer

About Designer

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by Meg McElwee
North Carolina countryside
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I'm Meg McElwee, the owner and designer of Sew Liberated, an indie pattern shop, as well as the author of the books Sew Liberated and Growing Up Sew Liberated. I love simple, woodsy beauty in both pattern and fabric. I try to infuse my designs with that rustic-chic aesthetic.

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