I moved my winter stash down into the sewing room last week, and quickly found myself distracted by this knit velvet! It’s just a cheap remnant I bought last year, but it gave me a chance to practice before sewing with some of the patterned and burnout velvet in stock at Fabricland this season!
The pattern is Seamstress Erin’s Ultraviolet tee. I made one in the summer in a hot pink silk noile knit, and unfortunately the silk-smell has meant I don’t wear that one much! It’s a great pattern for velvet though, because it’s so simple and loose. Minimal seams, minimal chance of velvet highlighting every roll of fat on my torso! I think this could be a great pattern for a sequined fancy top for the holidays.
Once again, though, the dart is way too low on me. I did size down, which shortened the hem and raised the dart a centimetre… but i think next time I’ll try the version without the dart and see if that’s better on me! I don’t really mind, though – it’s such a loose style that fabric would gather below the arm anyway.
The hem is my favourite part! I love the deep curve, which I finished with a strip of the velvet knit. Thanks to the suggestions on Instagram, I’m wearing it with a black tank underneath, which makes it a) better for cool weather and b) something I could wear to work! I wore it shopping today with a big scarf, and I liked how that toned down the dressiness of the velvet.
This is my second top in a row that feels a bit adventurous to me, and I’ve got one more oddball project coming soon… but then I really need to gear up for the Sewcialists TNT month in November! I’m debating a whole bunch of options, like knocking out a bunch of layering tops in black and white, or making new versions of my favourite cardigan TNTs. Or maybe both, and then I’ll have a new wardrobe for winter?
What are you working on these days? Old classics, or new adventures?