Boiled wool is famous for being incredibly easy to work with, making this simple tunic a great beginner project. Amanda Walker has made use of this no-fray fabric with an on-trend exposed seam along the centre, with even more interest created through the zipped side vents – an optional touch that you can skip for an even quicker make. It’s also really easy to customise the fit to your liking, or you can even try experimenting with a different neckline shape.
- Boiled wool, 1.5m (150cm wide)
- Metal zips, two 20cm
- Front/back: cut four (quarter of waist measurement, plus 11.5 = width) x 75cm rectangles
- Neckband: cut one 3cm x 63cm strip
- Sleeve: cut two 28cm x 54cm pieces on the fold
- 1cm seam allowance used throughout.
1 Cut out all of the pieces according to the cutting guide. Pin two front/back pieces right sides together, then measure 10.5cm from the left along the short top edge, then 5cm down from the top-left corner. Draw a curve between these points for the back neckline. Repeat the process for the second pair, but measuring 14.5cm down, to create the front. If you would prefer to use templates for the neckline, download them at sewmag.co.uk/templates.
2 Pin the front pieces wrong sides together, then sew the centre-front seam. Repeat for the back panels. Match the front and back pieces at the shoulders, right sides together. Pin and sew, then press the seam allowances open. Press the neckband strip in half lengthways, then slot it over the neckline at the centre-back seam and pin. Continue pinning around the curve, then sew around on the right side, 1cm from the fold.
3 Shape the tapered sleeves, then mark the centre point at the top of each one. Match and pin this point to the outer edge of the shoulder seams, right sides together, then pin and stitch the sleeve in place, beginning and ending 1cm from each edge of the seam. Match the underarm and side seams of the front and back, right sides together. Pin, then sew the underarm seam.
4 Stitch the side seams, leaving a 20cm gap at the base on each side, then press the seam allowance back at the gap. Position a zip upside down, aligning the zipper teeth with the fold, then pin. Fold up the ends of the zip and pin, then edgestitch the zipper in place using a zipper foot. Turn the sleeve ends to create cuffs and secure with a few hand stitches if desired.