Tunic Sew Along

Tunic Sew Along: Finish your tunic

Step 6: Finish your tunic. Someone in my FaceBook page (Research Dumping Ground), asked “Why do you sew flat felled seams with the flap on the outside?” Good question.  Initially, when I first started sewing tunics (2003-2004), it was because no one told me any different. Jeans were once sewn with the flap on the outside. Who am I to…

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Tunic Sew Along: Trim your hem

Step 5: Trim your hem. If I were working on a full length tunic or a dress I’d have the recipient try it on with the shoes they plan to wear and a belt/appron if they plan to wear that and then mark where it hits the floor all around. This will be different front to back and it’s important…

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Tunic Sew Along: Construct your tunic

Step 4: Construct your tunic. First things first, thread. Use whatever thread makes you happy. For the construction of a tunic I like a nice 100% cotton thread or something with a polycore. I’ve been told that 100% silk or poly threads will cut through your fabric fibers and honestly, silk is too spendy for my taste. Lately my main…

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Tunic Sew Along: Cut your fabric

Step 3: Cut your fabric. I’m following my updated Kragelund tunic pattern for Fearghus which I posted (and then updated) here**: Kragelund Tunic: Simplified Pattern My posted pattern already includes seam allowance for flat-felled seams at 1/4″ offset. To cut out the pattern I’m using the nip and rip method for cutting the linen***. I cut into the edge of…

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Tunic Sew Along: Wash and dry your fabric

Step 2: Wash and dry your fabric. My view here is that you want to abuse your fabric as much as possible now and then baby it after it becomes a garment. So wash it on hot, add a nice amount of detergent, set your machine to extra agitating**. This will (hopefully) get all of the sizing out and shrink…

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Tunic Sew Along: Buy fabric

Step 1: Buy fabric. For tunics I like a nice medium weight linen. I’ve found the fabric from fabrics-store.com IL019 is perfect. For this project I’m going to order 4 yards of cobalt blue IL019 linen. The pattern I made for my husband requires 3 yards of 58-60 inch wide fabric (size L-XL tshirt). When he was bigger (5x t-shirt)…

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