Shortening the Tunic

Shortening the tunic is not quite the same as shortening it for the Apron Dress. The Apron Dress doesn’t need sleeves or a shoulder area, but if you are still wearing it as a tunic, you NEED the shoulder and sleeve configuration. So step one is to repeat the shoulder over the full bust measurement down to wear you want the tunic to end. I shortened this one using Brad’s measurements because, much as he loves me, he would not be comfortable wearing a floor length caftan. Tunic yes. Caftan no. Tunic speaks to his Viking heritage. Caftan is a girly dress. So using Brad as a mannequin, I determined his tunic needed to be about 50” from shoulder to between knee and calf. Now, shortening the main piece is easy. You fold the piece where you need the new measurement to be.

Folded from the bottom, with pins holding it in place

Folded from the bottom, with pins holding it in place

The gore also gets shortened from the bottom, but you have to math by how much. Brad’s gore was originally 55 1/2” in length. Brad’s original measurement was 63” from shoulder to floor. Since the new length is 50”, that takes 13” off the total length. So I shorten the gore by 13” so it matches the new length. Again, folding from the bottom, I fold the gore in the center so the new length is 42 1/2”.

Fold it flat once you hit that measurement and pin in place.

Fold it flat once you hit that measurement and pin in place.

The last piece to shorten is the sleeve. Again, preference of the wearer, Brad likes shorter sleeves over long sleeves. When making any adjustments to the sleeve, remember that the gusset and gore assist with ease over the bicep. In this example, I simply folded the sleeve in half. This easily allowed enough seam area for a decorative contrast band on the sleeve.

Folded in half was the perfect length

Folded in half was the perfect length

Assemble as per the Order of Construction, and you’re ready to wear.