Stretch velvet Lynn sweatshirt with stretch tips.

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.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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