Jack Frost Tunic... or Peter Pan... or just any tunic6:33:00 PM
So, I've finished Jack's tunic for his Jack Frost costume. I still have some boots or shoes to go, but I thought I would post the tunic because it is useful for other costumes too. Last year, I did a tutorial for Jack and the Beanstalk. He wears a tunic too, but this one is just a little more detailed.
Note: Most of the numbers (in inches or yardage) refer to different sizes. The first number refers to about a size 12-18 months and the larger number refers to about a size M adult. If you are making this for a size in between, just estimate.
1/2 yard- 1 1/4 yards blue fabric
1/4 yard- 1/2 yard white fabric
1 sparkly white snowflake
Find a loose fitting piece of clothing to base your pattern off of. You'll be cutting sort of a rectangle shape. Leave 1 1/2-3 inches on each side of the shirt, and cut the bottom to about mid thigh length. (I used a one piece jumpsuit just so I would know how long to make it.)
Cut the shoulders and neckline. For shoulders, angle up a little bit. For the back neck, cut a semicircle with a radius of about 1-1 1/2 inches. For the neck, cut a semicircle with a radius of about 4-6 inches. Mark a slit down Center Back about 4-6 inches long.
Sew the shoulder seams and side seams. Make sure to leave 6-10 inches open at the top of the side seams. These openings will be the armholes.
Fold the armholes, fold the fabric under 1/2 inch and topstitch. Reinforce the armpit area by sewing perpendicular to the seam at the end of the armhole a few times.
This is what it should look like.
Cut out different sized triangles for the icicles. Be sure to leave a strip of fabric 4 inches wide. Sew two sides of the triangles right side together, trim corners and turn inside out. Press all of your cute little triangles.
Pin the bigger triangles along the bottom of the tunic, (Pin to the right side) and sew along the bottom. It should look like this:
Pin the smaller triangles to the neckline (again- right sides together), and sew around the neckline. Make little clips in the seam allowance 1 inch apart along the neckline.
Cut a piece of blue fabric on the bias (about 2 inches by the length of the neckline- cut a little extra just in case). Press the fabric in a circle to mimic the neckline. Sew the bias piece on the neckline- all raw edges matching. Clip the bias tape too.
Fold the bias tape inside the neckline. Pin and stitch. Make sure to keep the icicles out of the way.
This step is really optional. It's a little difficult, so you can do a different method if you like. Basically, you'll be making a continuous bound placket. You'll need another strip of blue fabric (not on the bias) that is 2 inches by 8-12 inches. The directions for making a continuous bound placket are found here.
Note: This one is sloppy. My excuse: It's a costume.
Cut a long strip of white fabric 4" wide by the length of your fabric. This will be either 44" or 60" depending on how wide your fabric is. Fold in half lengthwise and sew along the long edge. Pull inside out. Tuck ends in and sew the tie closed. Press.
Thread the tie through the snowflake and you're set!