'Tis the season for being jolly, having some christmas cheer and generally socialising, maybe a little bit more than normal. Not having any formal occasions, as such, I felt there was still room for a little bit of wardrobe 'perking up', but kind of in a casual way.
I have had the Grainline scout woven tee since the summer, but hadn't got around to trying it. Having seen a lot of tartan around the shops I though a nice tartan velour would do the job nicely.
I chose this cerise velvet spandex fabric from +Tissu fabrics which is a four way stretch fabric. As Jen at Grainline had also done this tutorial for a knit version of the Scout Tee it seemed ideal as the velvet fabric had a great drape to it.
The pattern itself is a simple design, front, back, 2 short sleeves and a t-shirt binding around the neckline. As I don't have an overlocker (as yet... Santa?) I used an overlock stitch on my sewing machine. The hem and sleeves were hemmed using a twin needle. I like the design of the Scout, it has more of a loose, drapey shape, not fitted at all. I will definitely be trying the woven version as well for the spring.
I also got navy stretch velvet as well to make some leggings. I used the Tessuti Anita ponti pants pattern for them. I had made them before in a lovely ponte jersey from Tessuti and loved the shape of them. (They are not quite as narrow as leggings) I wasn't sure if the four way stretch would do as well for the pattern (saggy bottom ... not a good look) but I am pleased to say that it worked great, they are extremely comfortable and after a night out they kept their shape completely. I went down a size to a 12 this time and reduced the distance from waist to crotch by 1 inch and they are a much better fit on me. I just intended them as a christmasy pair of leggings, not really to go with the Scout tee, but I wore them together to a casual 'do' and it worked ok, I think. The tee might be ever so slightly short with the leggings but I think I just about got away with it.
So overall a very inexpensive christmas outfit. In the past I have spent quite a bit on 'christmas' type outfits and you don't get the wear out of them as maybe you feel you can only wear them a certain number of times, especially if you are with the same people. When you don't pay as much, it doesn't matter too much.
I wouldn't normally be so 'showy' with the behind, just to show the shape of the Anita pants.
So there you go, think I will get good wear out of these two. I also quite like the look of the velvet, the only slight drawbacks are that it is a bit slippery to stitch at times and it also does not keep the cold out that well, but great for nights out!