Vogue 1415, Tom and Linda Platt tunic
SWAP 2018 #1
Cut from a red stretch velvet remnant which limited the length of both bodice and sleeves [which is fine, I’m 5’3″ and despite having monkey arms, like my sleeves a tad short] The velvet was originally purchased to make a Xmas nightshirt for my daughter a couple of years ago- I got it at Birmingham Rag Market, cheap as chips. [About £3/m I think]
This is meant to be made in a woven fabric, cut on the bias, but this slinky jersey didn’t need it. Cut to the demands of the fabric it’s probably between a 16 and 18, I don’t fuss overmuch when working with stretch.
This should have been a VERY fast make, so of course the overlocker decided to go loopy on me [geddit?] and had to be re-threaded three times before it deigned to stitch. It does this from time to time. I swore.
no shoulder seams, the shoulder shaping comes from darts in the sleeves, a nice touch, although slightly confusing as to where exactly you should stitch. Stretch fabric is forgiving so I winged it!
Very easy to sew, even the collar. The instructions tell you to do a felled seam on the centre back collar, I just overlocked everything, and hand finished hems to make sure those bias edges didn’t get wrecked by the machine. Easy peasy. I’ll make more of these.
There is no way the collar could be draped round my broad shoulders as in the pattern photo, even with it being stretchy, so I messed about with just smooshing it about to get different effects. I really like this- even more than the pleat front velvet version, and I didn’t expect that! Even though it’s quite a dressy fabric, I will be wearing this for everyday- it was, after all, cheap as chips [unlike the blue velvet tunic] so why the hell not?
I wore this to work today, and got lots of compliments AND felt comfy, not too fat, and quite glam. Red velvet for the win!