Walburga Wappenrock: Sewing Instructions


Walburga 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 front and back pieces with good sides together. Sew the shoulder seams, taking care to stop at the notches for the head opening.

Step 2: Finish seams and head opening

  • Finish the seams and the raw edges at the head opening, 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.)

(Optional) Step 3: Cut slits

This step is optional, you can also opt not to cut slits. If so, continue with step 4.


If you cut slits, there will be no seam (or hem) allowance to finish the edge there. Think about this before you cut.

  • Cut into your fabric until the notch, both on the front and back piece.

Step 4: Finish edges

  • Finish the edges of the garment. This is a good time to use bias tape or similar to enclose the raw edge (especially if you cut slits in step 3). This step can take some time, so be patient.

Step 5: That’s it!

You’re done! You could now appliqué/embroider/otherwise attach a symbol or heraldics of your choice onto your garment.