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« on: March 26, 2011 07:33:45 PM »

  I'm attempting to make a tunic like this:

 


 But I'm just wondering about the, what looks like rounded pleats. I would LOVE and really appreciate some advice on this one. 
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011 12:14:49 AM »

Tunics are usually quilted or layered with wadding. The raised sections occur when you top stitch through the layers.
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2011 04:50:22 AM »

The modern padding could be polyester quilt batting.  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2011 07:22:52 AM »

 Thanks guys! I hadn't even thought of that!
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2011 10:55:44 AM »

You could also do it like trapunto, which is you sew your lines and then cut wee slits in the "pocket" you just sewed and then use a big needle and some puffy yarn and thread the yarn through the slit, and pull it through the pocket.  You will have a bit more definition then the normal quilting methed mentioned above.  It will also not be as stiff as normal quilting.
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2011 12:24:10 PM »

 So, Suereal, your saying it would basically be like stuffing it?
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2011 01:21:27 PM »

Yes, but it would be hard to use stuffing to do it.  I would imagine it would be hard to get it distributed evenly so it wasn't lumpy.  Quilting would be the fastest, but you might not get as much definition as you want. OO just thought of another way....sew the top and bottom piece together at the edge. Then lay a cord, or soft foam or perhaps a rolled up bit of batting right next to the seam you just made. Then pull the fabric over the padding, and sew another seam close to the padding. repeat till you have enough yardage to cut your piece. You will need more of the over fabric then of the under fabric. IT just seems to me that if you just quilt in the folds, it will be so stiff and boxy, that it would not move right. Specially in the arms. Just a thought there too...if you make the arm in 2 pieces, and then only attach the fore arm part at the bend in the elbow, it might move better if you use the quilting technique.  You could make the top part of the sleeve quilted, then leave the bottom of the sleeve blank, Then think of the fore arm piece as a gauntlet that goes over the sleeve..And best of luck.  It looks pretty cool
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