DIY Fashion Sewing

Butterick B5955 Oversized Black Velvet Tunic

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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(5) Comments

  1. […] as much when I posted my velvet tunic a few months ago.  If you missed that post, here it is. Velvet is a fabulous fabric and just makes everything royal, including this super cute wrap dress I […]

  2. Leslie says:

    Lovely and fun! You could run around and have a great time in this tunic, and know you look lovely in it, too!

    1. Right! It is fun and it looks great too. Thanks Leslie.

  3. DEBRA B HAMMER says:

    Love it. The fabric is very pretty.

    1. Thank you.

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