tunic tutorial
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How to Make a Basic Amtgard Tunic A brief tutorial by Baron Sir Gorin MATERIALS Fabric 2 Yards of a durable fabric. Broadcloth works very well for a basic tunic as it is inexpensive, comes in a variety of colors / patterns and is readily available at Joann Fabrics and Wal-Mart. Thread Get two thread colors: 1 that matches your fabric and 1 that you can use for decoration if you'd like. TOOLS Sewing Machine Doesn't need to be fancy. As long as it'll sew a straight line, you're good. Measuring Tape Keep one of these handy, you'll need it for almost any sewing project. Pins These are used to temporarily hold the fabric in place while you sew it. These are necessary to ensure that everything gets sewn exactly as you want it. Scissors / Pinking Shears For cutting fabric. If you have access to pinking shears, you'll want to use them where indicated. Pinking shears are scissors that cut the fabric in a zig-zag pattern. This pattern helps the fabric turn inside out around corners. Iron You'll want your fabric as smooth and wrinkle free as possible while working with it. Colored Pencil / Chalk These are for marking on your fabric. Use light colors like yellow and white when working with really dark fabrics like black. PART 1 – The Body of the Tunic STEP 1 Measure yourself from the top of your shoulder to the ...

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How to Make a Basic Amtgard Tunic A brief tutorial by Baron Sir Gorin MATERIALS Fabric 2 Yards of a durable fabric. Broadcloth works very well for a basic tunic as it is inexpensive, comes in a variety of colors / patterns and is readily available at Joann Fabrics and Wal-Mart. Thread Get two thread colors: 1 that matches your fabric and 1 that you can use for decoration if you'd like. TOOLS Sewing Machine Doesn't need to be fancy. As long as it'll sew a straight line, you're good. Measuring Tape Keep one of these handy, you'll need it for almost any sewing project. Pins These are used to temporarily hold the fabric in place while you sew it. These are necessary to ensure that everything gets sewn exactly as you want it. Scissors / Pinking Shears For cutting fabric. If you have access to pinking shears, you'll want to use them where indicated. Pinking shears are scissors that cut the fabric in a zig-zag pattern. This pattern helps the fabric turn inside out around corners. Iron You'll want your fabric as smooth and wrinkle free as possible while working with it. Colored Pencil / Chalk These are for marking on your fabric. Use light colors like yellow and white when working with really dark fabrics like black. PART 1 – The Body of the Tunic STEP 1 Measure yourself from the top of your shoulder to the middle of your thigh. Write this number down. We'll refer to it later as LENGTH. STEP 2 Measure yourself around your chest or belly button (whichever is bigger) and add 5". Divide this number in half and write it down. We'll refer to it later as WIDTH. STEP 3 Cut out 2 pieces of fabric that are equal in size to LENGTH x WIDTH. STEP 4 Sew the two pieces of fabric together along the short or WIDTH edge and Iron the seam down. Now fold the tunic in half LONG-ways and iron the edge down. Then set the tunic aside. PART 2 – The Neck STEP 1 Measure around your neck and add 3 inches. Take this number and divide it by 3. We'll refer to this number later as NECK. STEP 2 Cut out a piece of fabric that is 12" x 12". Fold this fabric in half and iron the fold. Unfold the fabric and fold it the other way and iron the fold. The first crease you ironed will serve as a reference line. STEP 3 Measure along the center line and make a mark exactly one-half your NECK measurement. Then, measure along the edge starting at the center line and make a mark at one-third your NECK measurement. Measure along the edge in the opposite direction starting at the center line and make a mark at two-thirds of your NECK measurement. [See pictures below] Draw a slight curve to connect these three points as pictured below. PART 2 – Continued STEP 4 Cut along the lines you've just drawn and open up the fabric. It appear as pictured below. STEP 5 Lay out your tunic piece so that the right side is up and the raw seam is down. Then, lay your neck piece over the top of the tunic so that the fold lines you ironed into it match up with the seam and iron lines on your tunic. Pin the neck piece onto the tunic. PART 2 – Continued STEP 6 Cut out another neck hole in the brown fabric. STEP 7 Sew along the inside of the hole with a half-inch seam allowance. STEP 8 Remove the pins and turn the fabric inside out through the neck hole. And iron it down. Then go back and stitch it down along the font of the fabric about 1 inch from the edge. If you're comfortable using a sewing machine, you can use a decorative stitch to add some decoration to your tunic. PART 2 – Continued STEP 9 Turn your fabric over and trim the neck fabric so that it looks like the pictures below. PART 3 – The Sleeves STEP 1 Measure around your bicep. Add 1/3 of that number to the total and write this number down. We'll refer to it later as SLEEVE WIDTH. Add to this number if you want baggier sleeves and subtract from it if you want tighter sleeves. STEP 2 Measure from your collar/neck down to your elbow. This number is your SLEEVE LENGTH. Add to this number if you want longer sleeves and subtract from it if you want shorter sleeves. STEP 3 Cut out 2 rectangles that are equal in size to your SLEEVE WIDTH x SLEEVE LENGTH. Fold these pieces of fabric in half and iron down the fold to make a center crease as shown below. PART 3 – Continued STEP 4 Lay your tunic out so that the outside is facing up and the raw seams are facing down. Then, lay one of the sleeves on the tunic so that the center crease is lined up with the shoulder seam. Pin the sleeve in place along the edge. STEP 5 Sew the sleeve onto the tunic. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the other sleeve. PART 4 - Finishing up STEP 1 Fold over about 3/4 of an inch of the edge of the sleeve and iron it down. Make sure that you turn the fabric onto the BACK side. Turn the sleeve over and stitch down the fold you just made. If you like, you can use a decorative stitch to make the sleeves a little more flashy. Repeat this step for the other sleeve, and the bottom of the front and back of the tunic. Look at the image to the right. Stitch along the blue lines. If you're a little more experienced with a sewing machine, you should do STEP 1 *after* STEP 2. If this is the first shirt you've made, proceed in this order.