Carpe Diem Dress & Tunic


Versatile dress or tunic with scoop neckline, natural shoulder, and Fit for Art’s signature square armhole construction in sizes XS-3XL. Pattern includes customizing options for bust and hips to facilitate fitting process. Choose from three views (sleeveless, cap sleeve, and 3/4 length sleeve), three back closure options (pullover, keyhole with button, and zipper)  and three lengths to make a new style every time! Please select format – digital, print or premium print.

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The Carpe Diem Dress & Tunic has a scoop neckline and natural shoulder and features Fit for Art’s signature square armhole construction.  Choose from three views – sleeveless, cap sleeve and ¾ length sleeve.  Each view can be sewn in any of three lengths (tunic, above the knee or below the knee dress) with an optional back belt for shaping and optional pleat insert in the center back seam.  Fashion the Carpe Diem loosely enough to be pulled over the head or make it more fitted with a center back keyhole opening or zipper.  Pattern includes alternate AB or CD fronts for different bust sizes and alternate straight or flared side panels for customizing the fit through the hips.  This multi-size pattern is available in sizes XS-3XL and in print or digital format.

The instruction book includes design tips on choosing materials, adding artful design, personalizing the neckline, sleeve and length, incorporating support as an interfacing, lining or underlining, finishing techniques and closures.  Detailed instructions aid the sewer in making additional fitting adjustments, if needed, on a mock-up and transferring those adjustments to the paper pattern.  Once fitted, this versatile pattern can be used to make dresses and tunics in all kinds of fabrics for all seasons and all occasions.  Please view our Photo Gallery to be inspired by a variety of Carpe Diems!  Visit the Dress Help page for links to resources for fitting and making pattern adjustments, sewing techniques, and more.

Print vs. Premium Print Format

What is the difference between Premium Print and Print format?  The difference is only in the tissue; the instruction books are exactly the same.  Print format includes a traditional tissue printed all in black on tan tissue paper; this is printed at Simplicity and looks just like the commercial companies’ tissues that you are accustomed to.  Premium Print format includes a heavier weight tissue printed in color on white tissue paper; this is printed by Sublime Grafx, who we recommend for all of your digital printing needs!  On both types of tissues, each size is represented by a different line graphic so it’s easier to distinguish the sizes. On the Premium Print tissue, each size is also represented by a different color.

About Digital Patterns

Digital patterns are in PDF format and may be downloaded on your computer or mobile device. Each digital pattern may be downloaded three times only, so please save your files in a safe place after downloading.  Be sure you have created an account on our website so you will be able to access the pattern to download in the future.  All digital patterns include  a pdf of the Instruction Book with information on design, fabrication and construction and a zip file containing four items:

  • Directions for how to print your digital pattern
  • A large format pattern that can be taken to a copy shop to print
  • An A0 format pattern that can be taken to a copy shop to print
  • A tiled pattern that can be printed at home on U.S. letter sized paper or A4 paper

so you can use the print format you prefer.   For more information on digital patterns, please visit our Digital Patterns FAQ page.

Additional information

Weight .33 lbs
Dimensions 11.5 × 8.5 × .25 in

Digital, Print, Premium Print


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