Thursday, October 6, 2011

How to make your Child a Simple Tunic for the Renaissance Festival!

Yesterday I showed how to make a Renaissance style "flat cap" so today I'm showing how to make a really simple tunic to go with it!


1. Take your folded fabric and fold it in half. (You should have 4 layers with the folded edge on top as pictured on the left.

2. Take a shirt or, in this case, jammies, that fits your child and lay them folded in half along the fold in your fabric.

3. Cut around them. I made the sleeves wider at the end and the base of the tunic wider as well. I wanted this tunic to go to my son's feet since he's a baby and wouldn't be walking in it, which is why I used footie pajamas as a guide.

4. Unfold your now cut fabric and using the neckhole on your child's shirt, cut a neckhole in the top of your tunic. I didn't make mine very big because the next step will make it slip over your child's head easily.

5. Cut a "V" in the front of the neck. It's up to you how to finished your seams. I decided to hem the sleeves and bottom and do a blanket stitch around the "V" to make it look a little more finished but still homespun.

6. Poke 3 holes on either side of the "V" to thread a lace through. I used some scrap suede I cut into a strip. You can use whatever you want! This little lacing detail makes it look less like a nightgown and more like Renaissance garb in my opinion.



 And you're done! See my other tutorial for how to make the hat you see my son is wearing!


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