Last week, I mentioned that I've been busy designing and creating fairy costumes for the museum's newest summer camp & posted a tutorial for the little girl's fairy tutus. Tonight, it's the boy's turn with forest tunics - the perfect costume for your little Robin Hoods, Peter Pans & woodland elves alike!
D.I.Y. Forest Tunic Directions
- Cotton fabric for the tunic body (also used for facing & bias tape)
- Contrasting fabric for the belt
- Various felt squares for leaves
- Narrow twill tape or shoestring for a drawstring
- Optional: purchased 1/2” double fold, bias tape
- Scissors and sewing supplies
Patterns: Below are both the leaf templates and several pictures of the original tunic pattern (see step one). On the tunic pattern, seam allowance is included, and each square of the grid equals 1" by 1".
|Print me! Scale: 8.5" by 11"|
|Tunic Pattern. |
Step one: cutting out the tunic body. Using the tunic pattern, cut two along the fold. You should now have two rectangles approximately 12.5” by 25.”
Designate one piece as the front and, using the pattern as a guide, cut the “front” neckline, which is slightly lower than the back. Repeat using the other piece and the “back” neckline.
|Tunic pattern: close up of neckline.|
|Tunic pattern: close up of hemline.|
Stitch a narrow 1/4” seam along the edges of each triangle, starting and finishing the stitches at each point. When the entire front length is finished, clip off the extra fabric between the triangular points using the top edge as your guide. Repeat for the back side of the tunic.
Step three: finishing the facing. Now it is time to turn the facings right side out so that the raw edges and seams are enclosed on the inside. You may want to use a knitting needle, chops stick or other blunt object to turn the points, but do not clip them further.
Iron the triangles flat and carefully top stitch along the edges of each triangle. Press again and repeat for the other side.
Also, turn 1/2” under on the top (flat) edge of the facing piece and stitch along the fold to enclose the raw edges. If you were able to use the selvage edge as I did, omit the extra turn under and simply stitch the edge to finish the facing.
Step four: seaming the shoulders. Match the front of the tunic to the back, right sides together, and pin the shoulder seam. Stitch the shoulders with a 1/2” seam. I also zigzagged the edges for durability. Press the seam to the back.
Step five: finishing the edges. Turn the long sides under 1/4” and then 1/4” again to encase the raw edges. Stitch along the entire length from front to back, and then repeat on the other side. Press and set the tunic aside.
Step six: cutting out the leaves. Gather several sheets of felt in various “leaf” colors. Using the leaf templates, trace and cut out a variety of felt leaves. I used around 20 leaves along the neckline.
Step seven: overlapping the leaves as desired along the neckline, pin and stitch (forward, reverse, and forward again for strength) 1/4” from the top of each leaf.
Fold the fabric strips in half and press. Then, fold the sides to the center and press again to create 1/2” double fold, bias tape.
Step nine: creating the neckline casing. Applying bias tape along the neckline will create a casing for the drawstring, which will allow for greater wearing ease and adjustability. Match and pin the edge of the bias tape to the neckline with an inch over lap at the end.
|Neckline casing close up.|
For best results, baste the tape in place along the fold before stitching. Then, afterwards, refold the tape and whip stitch shut along the inside of the neckline.
Step eleven: adding the belt. For a 1.5” belt, cut or rip a rectangle 4” wide by 50” long. Fold the rectangle in half and seam 1/2” along the top and entire 50” side. You should now have a tube.
Flip the tube right side out and press flat. Turn 1/2” inside at the open end of the tube and whip stitch shut.
Find the center of the belt and the center of the back side of the tunic. Match the two centers and pin 11.5” down from the neckline. Stitch several times back and forth to secure the belt.
Step twelve: finally finished. Enjoy your newest creation!
|Forest Tunic Front.|
|Forest Tunic Back.|