Jersey Velour? What's that?
This was the question going through my mind when I first saw this fabric on Southern Belle Fabrics. It took me several months to work up the gump to make a purchase, and I was only finally willing to give it a try when I saw it was offered in one of my favorite shades of orange.
I had in my mind that I would create a hoodie with my new fabric; maybe with a contrast fabric hood lining, cuffs, waistband, and pocket, but wasn't totally sold on the idea. I had seen some hoodies made with jersey velour already, and thought it would be nice to be different. Enter in the thought for a cozy sweater, something that would work for casual or dressed up. That's when I decided on EYMM's Off the Shoulder Top & Tunic (affil link).
I decided to make my top so that the 'fuzzy side' was out. I believe the true right side of this fabric is the 'smooth' jersey side, so it was just my preference for the look I wanted. The structure and stability of this fabric makes the true off the shoulder look restrictive of shoulder motion, but when worn as pictured above I was able to perform my job as a physical therapist assistant without difficulty (yes, I wore it to work; they freeze me there!).
Speaking to the ability of the fabric to keep you warm...unmatched. I took these pics on a 47 degree, overcast, rainy drizzle day. And the raindrops beaded up. No uncomfortable, cold, wet top.
The fabric stretch requirement for this pattern was 50+%. The jersey velour more than covered the bill at 60% horizontal and vertical. The pattern tutorial did show the cowl portion being placed so that the greatest stretch was going vertical, maybe to accomodate the stretch needed for the off the shoulder look? I'm not sure. If I had it to do over, I would lay my cowl pattern piece so the greatest stretch would be horizontal, thereby hoping to decrease the restricted shoulder motion with the true off the shoulder look.
The weight of this fabric is 12.5 oz, and it's thick, so I only used 3 pleats in the cowl portion. The weight or thickness didn't disagree with my serger or sewing machine. I did sew the seams at 3/8" with my sewing machine, then finished off the seam allowance with my serger. In this manner, I ensured both raw edges were caught in the seam. I was afraid it wouldn't be that way if I just serged the seam. It took a little longer to construct, but I'm way more satisfied with the quality of the construction.
One tip I can give is to mark the back of your garment with a tag. It's hard to tell which is the front and back after the cowl is attached. I had to hold the top upside down by the waistband and turn it from one side to the other to determine which was the lower, front neckline seam.
The waistband is an option I added. It's not offered in the pattern. I just measured the hemline opening of my top and cut a strip of fabric to 80% of that length x 6" high. Since I'm tall-ish, I didn't remove any length from the front/back pattern piece. All in all I love my new cozy and warm maple jersey velour off the shoulder top.
Are you on the fence about jersey velour? Don't be! It's suitable for several applications. Next on my list to sew with it is leggings for running. Want some more inspiration? Join the Southern Belle Fabrics Facebook group. Want to check out all the jersey velour options? Find them here.
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