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North Carolina countryside

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 ...

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The Paloma Top, Tunic & Dress

from Meg McElwee
(9) Name: 'Sewing : The Paloma Top, Tunic & Dress
The Paloma Top, Tunic & Dress
The Paloma Top, Tunic & Dress
The Paloma Top, Tunic & Dress
The Paloma Top, Tunic & Dress
The Paloma Top, Tunic & Dress

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 SewLiberated.com/sewing-with-knits. Finally, we offer complete kits with the fabric and Steam-a-Seam for making this pattern at SewLiberated.com/kits.

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