This is a pattern I have had for a very long time and have made many times. Every time I have ever made this tunic, I was pleased. Butterick B5955. I bought this velvet fabric from Joann’s a couple of years ago and it was definitely a good choice for this pattern. I love velvet and this is the season for it.
This is a relatively easy pattern and a very versatile piece. It looks so good with leggings, or jeggings. I always get lots of compliments when I wear this. I have also worn it with wide legged pants and even though the look was full, if you will, it still paired good together.
Sewing the tunic was simple with a little manipulating when doing the v-neck. I had to do some research to get this one right. It’s been a while since I have done one. It’s simplicity is what I like most about it. A good beginner pattern and easy to manipulate and make more pieces if you want. Such as a knee length dress, tea length, or even a maxi with splits on both sides. You could also do adjustments on the sleeves and make them shorter or longer. Finally, you could also add a sash or some slim ties on the sleeves. Also, on a chilly day, it could be worn with a long sleeve t-shirt or a turtleneck underneath.
After making this tunic, if I had it to do over, I would have cut the front piece as one piece on the fold instead of two pieces, especially if I was using a print, like I did with this one. I definitely would have been more mindful of that. That way you have a complete pattern across the front and back. I have also made this with pockets before and a drawstring waist and ties, which were really good changes.
What I like most about this tunic is the fact that it is oversized. I like the way it hangs and flows covering my stomach and hips, which I like. Of course, the fabric will determine the flow. When I made it with a woven, of course there was no real drape or flow, even though it still turned out very well.
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