Christmas is fast approaching and it was my birthday a week or so ago, so with those two occassions in mind this outfit was created. Velvet and Jacquard are both totally on trend for the forthcoming festive season, and this outfit is just so easy to wear.
I know lots of people are going to ask, so let me tell you both of these fabrics were purchased from eBay sellers. The silk/ viscose velvet came from this seller who I have never used before, but the fabric is a beautiful quality (20% silk, 80% viscose) and the seller was prompt in all their communications and delivery was fast (a couple of days). Also, I prewashed my fabric before cutting and whilst there was some amount of shrinkage I am happy I won’t have to pay any further drycleaning costs. The lurex/ jacquard fabric (which has a little bit of stretch) was purchased from this seller who I have used many times before and I do like. Not being paid anything to advertise on behalf of these sellers btw!
I am not going to write much about the trousers (made using Simplicity 1167) because this is the third (!) time I have sewn them up (you can see the first time here and the second time here). The only changes made this time round was to shave 0.25 inches off the inner legs at the back and shorten the length by 6 inches. I love them! I have said it before but, wow, having trousers that fit me! Mind blowing!
So, next the top. This was made using Butterick 6157, which is a see&sew pattern. I know the pattern envelope is not all that inspiring, but this pattern is a great basic pattern and great value for money in that it also comes with different cup sizes included. I selected this pattern in particular with the velvet in mind because the pattern includes back/ neck facings which I think are a better option than topstitching on the velvet. I ended up having to piece my front facing and I chose to overlock all my seam allowances to finish. Full review below.
Some notes on how I treated/ sewed my velvet:
- I chose to cut my velvet with the pile going up i.e. it feels rough when stroked downwards because I felt the colour was richer in this orientation.
- I used silk pins to pin my fabric together.
- I used a walking foot throughout construction. This fabric is quite shifty and if sewing again I would probably use basting in addition to the above.
- I DID NOT iron this fabric directly, but rather hovered my iron above the fabric and used lots of steam and my hands to press seams/ darts etc.
- Following on from above, in lieu of fusible interfacing on the facings I used silk organza.
- I chose to understitch the facings rather than topstitch as recommened in the pattern.
This was a more tricky fabric to work with but if you take your time and select a simple pattern you can do it.
Semi-fitted pullover top has French darts, back keyhole closure, narrow hem and button and thread loop closing. A, B: Short sleeves. A: Contrast sleeves. B: Double-edged scalloped lace overlay.
8 – 24 (all sizes included in pattern).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the fact it is a simple pattern that you can do a lot with. I chose this particular pattern because it includes back/ neck facings and therefore I felt it would be a good choice for my silk velvet. I like the fact different cup sizes are included in the pattern. Nothing to dislike although distinguishing between sizes on the pattern sheet needs some concentration.
Silk/ viscose velvet (20% silk, 80% viscose).
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- 1 inch full arm adjustment
- 1 inch sway back adjustment with removed length added back to lower hem
- 1 inch added to length at hem and 0.5 inch to sleeve hems
- Substituted silk organza for fusible interfacing at the facings
- Moved bust dart down by 0.75 inches
- Understitched facings rather than topstitching.
- Handstitched all hems.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might use this pattern again. Yes, I recommend.
I love this whole outfit: on trend, comfortable but stylish.
Are you making anything especially for the festive season?