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TUTORIAL: Bedsheet Bell Tunic
This tutorial will walk you through sewing an actual better-than-passing tunic. You do not need to know how to sew. You do not need a sewing machine. You will want to review the tutorial for Hand Sewing Stitches before starting. ( http://www.dagorhir.com/forums/index.ph ... 554.0.html )
A common complaint from those who need garb is "Fabric is too expensive" and "I don't have a sewing machine." We are going to make an INEXPENSIVE tunic that LOOKS LIKE A TUNIC, is entirely HANDSEWN, and has a FACED NECKLINE. You'll look awesome.
For this project, you will need:
1 flat bedsheet (double or larger)
1 pillowcase of contrasting color (or scrap fabric. Contrast color is entirely optional.)
A wash-out marking pen or chalk
1 spool of thread in a color to match your bedsheet
Handsewing needles (sharps)
A seam gauge
Iron and ironing board (or a towel on the floor)
1 loose-fitting t-shirt
(Most of these supplies can be bought in a basic sewing kit for about $15 at JoAnn Fabrics. Irons and ironing boards are easily located at resale shops for a very modest price, as are the bedsheets and pillowcases for your fabric.)
Wash and dry your sheet and pillowcase.
Now clear a space to lay your project out. The kitchen floor is often a good choice if your kitchen is open enough. A dining room table is also good.
Iron the sheet if it is wrinkly on the edges.
Fold the sheet in half longways (you'll get a long rectangle) first. This is important!
Now fold it again in half the other direction and lay it out on your workspace. You should have a long side with two folds on the left, a short side with a doubled fold along the top, and hem edges along the bottom and right. Make sure everything is laying flat and unwrinkled, and the folds on the left are lined up with each other.
Fold your t-shirt in half.
Lay the t-shirt on top of the sheet as shown.
Draw a tunic shape around it. The length of the sleeve can be measured from the shoulder seam of a t-shirt you are wearing, and mark a corresponding length from the shoulder seam of your pattern t-shirt.
Note that the line curves smoothly under the armpit, then flares out to the side. This cut adds the room that an underarm gusset and side gore would add in a pieced tunic.
Also note the curved bottom line. Make sure it curves up smoothly and looks as close to the picture as you can get it.
I would suggest making the tunic as long as the length of your bedsheet allows. You can always shorten it later if you need to.
Use the t-shirt neckline to guide where to mark for front and back neckline depth and width on the two folds on the left. The front neckline is marked on the top fold, and the back neckline is marked on the bottom fold. Draw out the front curve.
Cut along the line on the front half, open out, and draw in the back curve. Cut, and save the piece you cut out.
Lay the cutout on a piece of paper, fold lined up with the edge.
Trace the cutout, then use a ruler to mark out the shape of your facing. You can make it round or square or whatever shape you want it, really. Just make sure that there is about 2-3" or more space from your neckline in all directions.
Our example will have a round neck facing with a point-bottomed keyhole opening.
Cut out your pattern piece.
Lay your completed pattern piece on the fold of your fabric and pin before cutting. I used a pillowcase from a different sheet set to make a contrast facing.
Cut out t-tunic piece and facing piece, still folded.