Quote from my husband, “it’s like having my very own velveteen rabbit!” My whole family keeps petting me, even my reluctant teenager.
This is just the best thing to snuggle into when it is cold outside, and you don’t want to put on clothes, really, but you have to. Then, when you shimmy into your jeans and block boots you actually feel pretty darn fabulous because this thing is stylish, too!
At my favorite store in the LA fashion district, the very helpful salesman pointed to a stack of fabrics piled up to the ceiling and said “These just came in from Nordstrom” and placed this fabric beneath my fingers and I was in love. I was already on the lookout for moss green anything, because I’m just loving it as a colorful neutral, and this fabric was so perfect for me. Technically it is velour, but it is so much softer than regular velour, I swear.
I knew that I needed to get this cut up and sewn fast so I could wear it on all of our half dozen cold days here, so I picked a simple but trendy shape and made McCall’s 7660. It is basically just a turtleneck sweatshirt with balloon sleeves. Cute and high impact. But when I saw how that balloon sleeve pattern piece was actually shaped, like a round ruffle where the long side must be shoved into the tiny cuff piece, I thought the better of that. This fabric is thick and would not have gathered nicely.
So I used the regular slim sleeve pattern and cut 2 slashes up from the cuff to create a bishop sleeve instead. Yes, there was still some gathering into the cuff, but it worked out perfectly. This sleeve shape is actually closer to the inspiration velvet sweatshirt I spotted months ago.
The turtleneck didn’t go quite as well. Despite basting and carefully sewing, I got some slight gathering at the neckline. I thought it would smooth out when I put it on my actual neck, but you can see that it did not. I need to go back and resew that smoother.
I’m especially frustrated about that because I deliberately sewed up the shoulders and put the turtleneck in first so that I wouldn’t stretch out the cut neckline while handling it. Does anyone else do that also? I am constantly worried about fabric distortion, and yet here I am without a perfect neckline still. Sob.
These pictures were taken at Downtown Disneyland, so I took the opportunity to wear my cute top and grab pictures before I realized how wrinkled the neckline was. I will fix it, but whether I get new pictures where I’ve actually combed my hair is doubtful, so I am going ahead and publishing these.
One velvet project down, many more to go!