Stretch velvet Lynn sweatshirt with stretch tips.
This is a straightforward Lynn sweatshirt made in stretch velvet without any alterations. I decided to write a post about it because I wanted to mention stretch and how it affects the fit.
I made this version in lightweight polyester stretch velvet, which has around 50% stretch, the pattern is designed for a classic sweatshirt fabric which doesn’t usually have that much stretch. In fact the sweatshirt fabric we stock only has 15% stretch, this is what I used to develop the style and get the fit right.
Of course a big part of sewing your own clothes is experimenting with different fabrics and having fun making your own version. However the percentage of stretch a jersey fabric has will affect the fit.
Because of the extra stretch this fabric has I made this version in size small. My regular size would be a medium. I made my scuba hack which has much less stretch in a medium. Both tops fit perfectly. If I had made a size small in a fabric with 15% stretch it would have felt restrictive and uncomfortable. If I had used this fabric in a size medium it would have been OK. This time I wanted a neater more fitted top rather than a casual loose top.
By chance the French navy lightweight rib we stock was almost a perfect match. Stretch velvet is really easy to sew especially on the overlocker. The 240gsm rib weight is the prefect compatible weight for the velvet. All in all a quick and satisfying make and a useful addition to my wardrobe.
I am wearing it with my fav self drafted navy linen blend pleat front trousers. I like this unstated easy to wear outfit for a quick every day choice.