The Tunic Bible: DIY Babycord Tunic Dress + Book Giveaway

Babycord tunic dress made using The Tunic Bible by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr

Hi There Friends!

One year ago Julie Starr and Sarah Gunn asked me if I would be interested in sewing up a tunic to be featured in The Tunic Bible, which has now been published. To say I was flattered to have been asked was an understatement. I have long admired both Julie and Sarah’s work and the book seemed like a great concept. There are SO many options for collars, neck plackets and sleeves as well as lengths, styles, fabrics (including knits) and trims….this is not just a one trick pony. If you don’t believe me, head over to The Tunic Bible website to check out the gallery (you might see some familiar faces). A group of bloggers were asked to sew samples up to be featured in the book and every single one of us made something completely different and varied.

Babycord tunic dress made using The Tunic Bible by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr

Anyway, I chose to make an autumnal version from a soft, fine printed babycord with an outside-facing wide split placket, an angled collar and sleeve cuffs sewn in a contrasting corduroy. All the details for all the options are given in the book. I barely made any changes whatsoever to the pattern: not even my usual FBA or sway back adjustment. Aside from fiddling with the length and dropping the bust darts 0.5 inches and including back darts, that was it. I was very impressed with the fit. Note that the size range goes from XS to XXL.

Babycord tunic dress made using The Tunic Bible by Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr

I am still waiting to receive my hard copy of The Tunic Bible (on its way), but have seen the full final version electronically and it is beautifully photographed, presented and written. Incidentally, anyone interested in sewing Indian style Kurta tops; this book is perfect for you and before I go to India next time I would love to sew a couple up.

If you would like to be in with a chance to win a copy of the book and check it out for yourself then there is a giveaway. Winners in the USA will receive a hard copy of the book; outside of the USA winners will receive an electronic copy, so this is open to all. All you have to do is leave a comment below before midnight GMT on 12th October 2016. If you want to be in with more chances to win then here’s the list of other participants of this book tour; you can enter on every single site if you wish 🙂

October 3 – C&T; Pattern Review

October 4 – Cloning Couture; Generation Q Magazine

October 5 – Oonaballoona; Featherstitch Avenue

October 6 – Allie J; Thanks I Made Them

October 7 – Sew Busy Lizzy; Jennuine Design

October 8 – Inside the Hem; Girls in the Garden

October 9 – Sewmanju; My Love Affair with Sewing

October 10 – Evolution of a Sewing Goddess; Creating in the Gap

October 12 – House of Pinheiro; The Tunic Bible

Good Luck and well done Sarah and Julie for making this idea a hugely inspirational success.


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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at

80 thoughts on “The Tunic Bible: DIY Babycord Tunic Dress + Book Giveaway

  1. Looks perfect for fall season! I love the softness of baby cord. Thanks for the giveaway, too! Enjoy your tunic and congrats on being published!

  2. I’ve checked the book out on Amazon and love the many different variations.
    Saw your post on IG where I am a follower and hurried over to the blog to enter.
    Your tunic version looks so lovely in the Autumn colours

  3. I was immediately thinking of a Kurti when I saw your version in my reader! I had one very similar when I lived in India. In love how different all the interpretations are and would love to win the book.

  4. Love your tunic dress Manju! Silly me but l usually think of tunics as summer wear but after seeing your make I am inspired to make a fall one! Thank you for sharing. 😍

  5. Your terrific tunic dress is giving me an idea to change my mind about corduroy! I really like your version, and would be pleased to win a copy of this new book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. Great fabric choice for the autumn! I was wondering what fabrics would be suitable for the autumn myself. So exciting to see all the different versions of tunics!

  7. This is so lovely on you! I love the autumn colors. I’ve always shied away from tunics as I think they would be unflattering on me, but you are tempting me! I’d love to study the book and find one that works for me. Thanks for inspiring me again!

  8. Yes!!! I am loving all the tunics, many different looks are so inspiring. I had always thought that tunics were not in my style aesthetic, but am really wanting to make one, two, three or more. I would be Blessed to win the giveaway.

  9. I have been anticipating this book since I first heard about it. It looks like something that I can really use to make items for myself.

  10. Your dress is lovely – you look great in it! I’m a fan of tunics but have been put off by fitting challenges in RTW.

  11. Your autumnal version is beautiful, especially paired with tights and boots. It says, I’m ready, bring on the cool weather! I want to try a version in a stable knit for the body, with a contrast woven collar and cuffs.

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