I've been wanting to make a tunic for a while.
I browsed around online at Free People and found this for inspiration.
It's $298.00So on Friday I went to the fabric store and spent $ 17.00 on a yard of Anna Maria Horner's gorgeous voile - the perfect thing to make a flowy tunic (or to snuggle with on the floor).
Here's my step by step process - it's not the most precise tutorial, because I was kind of just free-style sewing it - but I did my best to document it for you in case you would like to make one. I would also like you to know that I really made it goofy the first time. Here's your comic relief for the morning.
Bad. Too blousy - not enough shape.
So I ripped and ripped and basically started over.
1 yard of voile - 56" wide
3/8" wide elastic
Step 1: Lay the fabric out folded in half.
Then fold it in half again. Determine the size of your neckline - I cut a triangle 3"x2".
Cut all the layers. This is the back neckline.
Now split the top layer along the fold -about 5"down.
Cut a straight line from the bottom of that slit to the top at the 3"mark (only cut ONE layer). Flip the fabric over and repeat on the other side.
Step 2: Hem all of the sides and the neckline. Turn each edge over once and then again and press. Pin it well and topstitch the hem.
Step 3: Now it's time to give it some shape (the step I skipped the first time :)
Measure your waist at your bellybutton. Mine was 31".
Now take half of that measurement and add it to the original measurement. Mine was 31+15 1/2" = 46 1/2" Now divide that by 2. 46"/2 = 23" - we'll call this measurement C
Fold the tunic in half. Along the fold, measure 9" up from the hem. Then measure your C measurement out from the 9" mark. At the corner edge of the tunic draw a line to the 23" marking.
Step 4: Now measure your armhole. From the top right edge measure down 8". (or more if you think you might need it). From that 8" marking, draw a line to the 23" mark. It will look kinda like this once you cut it.
Are you still with me? :)
Step 5: Cut along those lines through all layers. Open up your tunic and turn it right sides together. Now we are going to add the elastic.
Step 6: Find the center of the front of the tunic. Measure up 9" and place a pin. Starting at the edge, 5" up from the hem, draw a curved line up to the 9" measurement and then back down to the other 5" marking.
Pin the elastic to one edge and sew it on - pulling it tight towards you as you go (this will make it gather).
Step 7: Still right sides together, lay the tunic down back side facing you. Draw a line 5" up from the hem straight across the tunic back. Pin the elastic to one edge and sew it on using the same method as before.
Step 8: You're almost done!! From the 8" mark (at the bottom of the armhole) sew the side seams,right sides together, using a 1/2" seam. Stop at the 5" mark before the hem - so that you will have the slits on the sides.
Step 9: Sleeve detail. Find the center top of the sleeve. Sew a basting stitch about 7-8" along the center of the sleeve. Gather it - more towards the edge of the sleeve - when you are happy with it - secure it with a regular topstitch.
Wow - so if you made it through all that and even remotely understood what I was talking about -BRAVO!! Load a pic up to the Flickr Pool so I can see! and remember - it's the last day to leave a comment for a chance to win the "kick up your heels" apron!