Eco tunic dress
After long time waiting, the really snowy winter is here! Finally, you can enjoy the view of growing snow drifts and sun rays playing on the frozen trees everyday when you are out for a walk.
At this time, it is very important to be dressed in the right manner. In this lesson I will show you how to felt a warm and cozy eco tunic dress. This is one more variant of modification the basic pattern. I complicate the model by adding the additional flounces and the kangaroo pocket. The result is a double neckline and shoulder wings.
Materials required: 18m extra fine merino wool, lamb fleece, hand dyed silk gauze, other fibers (silk tussar and viscose).
Refer to the approximate material consumption listing below:
Transfer the pattern of required size to a polyethylene film or any other waterproof template. We need a single resist, on which are drawn the front neckline and the armhole.
Getting started. The plan is the following: at the first stage I will prepare wool surface only, the additional and decorative elements will be laying out at the next stage. Spread the silk fabric on the template with side and shoulder allowances for bending. Moisten with warm water to prevent fabric from sliding.
The wool layout is assumed to be very thin, only one layer vertically (with horizontal bending allowances on one side), horizontally at the bottom (15-20cm or 6-8'') and radial layout at the breast area. Straight the open edges (neckline, armhole, bottom) with an additional linear wool layer as usually.
After finishing the layout, cover with mesh, moisten the wool with warm soapy water and manually rub through the mesh. Even you do not have a special ball brause sprinkler, you can use a simply PET bottle and drill the smallest holes in a cap.
Remove the mesh and lightly rub the armhole and neckline in a circular motion forming a smooth edge.
Leave a small rectangle on both sides - I will make a vent later, in this place.
Cut away an excess fabric, leaving the bending allowances (about 2cm) at the shoulders and both sides. Don't touch the silk at the vent's side.
Turn over the template, cover with silk, cut off the excess. Bend the allowances to the front, making small cuttings if necessary.
Continue the wool layout in the same manner.
Decorate the dark places with silk and viscose fibers as you wish, moisten and rub through the mesh.
The additional resists location scheme:
Getting started from the back side. Cut two film strips of about 7-8cm width.
Cover 2/3 of a strip with thin vertical wool layer. Lay out the wool onto the vent area following the diagram.
Moisten the wool, rub through the mesh, remove it and rub along the strips in a circular motion forming a smooth edge.
Take the fleece curls and spread them onto the wool surface.
Cover the fleece with thin spreads of tussah silk fibers.
Rub through the mesh until the curls are strongly connected to the wool surface.
Turn the template and continue front decoration in the same manner.
To obtain the double neckline, you must lay out one part first, moisten and rub through the mesh; then cover it with an additional filmstrip to prevent both parts from joining together.
Finish with fleece layout.
Now, the tunic is completely ready to start the intensive felting process. Continue rubbing the flounces, make them more dense to remove the additional strips.
Wrap the tunic in a mesh and start rolling in different directions. Remove excess water in a towel.
When you feel that the wool become dense - take off the template and continue rolling both sides (length and width). Try to form the edges and stretch out any ripples at the same time, watch to avoid any defects.
Cut the vent.
Do not forget to look inside the pocket, rubbing it slightly from within.
One little piece of advice - no need to hurry, no unnecessary effort needed. The felting process is similar to kneading the dough.
Rinse out the tunic in warm water, then continue to felt adding fresh soapy water; continue until it becomes suitable for the first fitting. Don't fit too much - you need to feel free while wearing it. Use a slightly larger mannequin.
Finally, the felt has a thin, smooth structure - soft and pleasant to the touch.
Small leather straps completes the look.
I hope that this lesson will inspire you for new experiments.