Custom Original Tunic – WIP

Sulis Tunic wrap closeup

Sulis Tunic wrap closeup

I recently had someone contact me about making a tunic for them. They gave me a rough sketch and they wanted it to a wrap top with three panels in the front and sleeveless. I was really excited to do this. I haven’t had much time to work on creating orginial designs (more just altering premade patterns) but this gave me the incentive to really buckle down and do it.

Sulis Tunic WIP front

Sulis Tunic WIP front

Sulis Tunic Back WIP

Sulis Tunic Back WIP

The biggest concern of mine was lack of ease in woven fabrics. I have very little experience working in knits and experience with wrap top made of wovens has taught me that they tend to shift alot and don’t shift back (creating potentially embarrassing accidental flashing). So instead of cutting the wrap straight to the grain I cut it on the bias. The bias has the greatest amount of stretchiness (also called ease) of the fabric. The bias-cut will help to fit the tunic to the body to avoid Janet Jackson-like wardrobe malfunctions.
The tunic is also shaped to the torso by four darts, two in the front that help taper from the bust to the waist, and two princess seam darts in the back.
The tunic is a true wrap top, it will have closures for the under panel and over panel and tie at the side seams. The under panel ends below the waist and right above the hip. It is a long tunic , down to the knees but has five panels in the “skirt” part. three in the front and two in the back. two of the slits aren’t formed by seams left separated. They will have facings to finish the edges. The necklines and armholes will also be finished with facings.

45 degree view

Sulis Tunic - 45 degree view


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