Crocheted Open-Side Tunic-Dress

open side tunic 1

I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. I actually like it a lot better than I thought I would. I’ve been wanting to do an open-sided tunic/shirt/something for a long time now, inspired by muscle tees. Finally the inspiration was sparked after seeing this knitted project. As you can see, the inspiration I took from that piece was mostly the general shape. I used a simple stitch for this project (my go-to treble crochet in worsted weight with a 9.00mm hook, except on the waistband) so that I could work out the shapes of the top sections, waistband, and skirt without distraction from a more complicated stitch.

open side tunic 2

Another reason for using this loose stitch was because I wanted drape in the neckline without having to crochet separate straps; the front and back of the top section are worked in one piece, leaving a hole for the neck. I wasn’t sure how much drape I’d get, but this neckline stays comfortably off the neck and lays really well, in my opinion.

The waistband was meant to sit on the hips so I originally intended to use a smaller hook for the single crochet stitches used there, but after a few tries decided it was safer, and that I’d get the effect I wanted anyway, using the same hook I used for the treble crochet rows. After washing and wearing it, though, the waistband is slightly looser than I wanted, so I might size down one hook size when making this again.

open side tunic 3

open side tunic 4

open side tunic 5

I think this piece will be great for fall, and it can be worn over a slip (I’m planning on eventually making some simple slips to go along with these dresses i keep making) as a straight up dress, or layered with pants, a tank top, jackets, etc.

That’s it for today! Hope you have a beautiful week!

Tunic/Dress: made by me
Necklace: from my mother; Sara Coventry
Shoes: Faded Glory
Tanktop: No Boundaries
Shorts: old leggings cut off

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