Tiberius Tunica: Sewing Instructions


Tiberius is a historically inspired pattern, and if you want more authenticity, handsewing is the way to go. Personally, I use a sewing machine. You do you.

Step 1: Sew shoulder seams

  • Put both parts with good sides together. Sew the shoulder seams, taking care to stop at the notches for the head opening.
  • Finish the seams, with a method of your choice. (If you used the fabrics recommended in the fabric options, they will fray. Folding the seam allowance twice, enclosing the raw edge and topstitching is an option. You can also use decorative topstitching.)

If you opted for cutting the whole tunica out of one piece, carefully cut out the head opening between the notches instead. Finish the opening.

Step 2: Sew side seams

  • Still with good sides together, sew the side seams. Start at the notch for the armhole and work your way down. Take care to align your layers properly.
  • Finish seams.

Step 3: Hem the bottom edge

Hem the bottom of your garment. If you want to use decorative stitches, this is another place to use them.

Step 4: You’re done!

Pull on your tunica, belt it around your waist, play around with how you gather the fabric, and enjoy!