About the Patterns
These patterns are drawn on graph paper and are to be copied on pattern fabric with a 1” grid. (Pattern fabric is a translucent non-woven fabric, marked with a printed 1” square grid. It is usually stored with the interfacings in fabric stores.)
Please note that the Gothic chasuble and dalmatic and tunicle patterns have extensions that must be added to the bottom edges of the patterns. Also please note that though the front and back of these vestments are identical, markings on the pattern indicate the cutting line for the front necks, which are lower than the back necks.
A medium stitch length works best for these garments. Increase stitch length when sewing through multiple layers of fabrics. Seam allowance information is included on the patterns. If sewing pieces cut on the selvages, remember to clip the selvages before pressing open the seams.
Vestment fabrics are usually silk or synthetics. Press on the appropriate heat setting and use a pressing cloth.
Hang chasubles on wooden suit hangers, when allowing the bias to settle.
Ideally, vestments should be laid flat for storage. If this is not possible, they should be hung on wooden suit hangers. The stole, maniple and chalice veil can be hung underneath on the pants bar. The burse can be stored in a plastic zip-lock bag hung from the neck of the hanger. Use a garment bag when transporting your vestments.