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new smock, part the first

I usually start with the sleeve assemblies. This time, I think I'll start with the neckline, and then I'll figure out exactly how long the side panels need to be. I love this fabric; I wish I had more.

i feel: creative creative

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nutter4 From: nutter4 Date: May 22nd, 2006 10:04 am (UTC) (base camp)
How do you do your sleeves? With inserts at the armpits? I usually start with the neckline, because with the facings it's usually the most tricky part. My standard overtunic sleeve pattern is a trapezium, with alterations to that for undertunics so they're more snug to the arm.

Which reminds me... it's less than 5 months to the big battle of Hastings (it's international this year) and I still don't have a pattern for my tunic embroidery, much less done any work on it...!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 22nd, 2006 10:09 am (UTC) (base camp)
I'm actually writing up a tunic diary with pictures. The whole style is a bit of a mish-mash, but heavily based on the Bocksten tunic. And yes, I add gussets at the armpits -- have to; otherwise they bind. I start with rectangles for sleeves, and once I get everything assembled, I try it on, measure for a cuff and then restitch at an angle -- I suppose if you cut it open and laid it out after I did that, it would be a trapezoid.

Facings are (relatively) easy, as long as you don't cut the neck hole before you stitch down the facing. I pin the facing material down, mark it, stitch the neck hole and slit, cut it, flip it, and top stitch. What takes the longest is getting everything positioned before I mark the circle.
2 trips or shoot the rapids