The salmon velvet is from a 17th-century ball gown I made for my mom when I was in high school and we went contra dancing as the NC home schoolers' "prom." At the time I loved the color combined with a dove grey underskirt.
I had a quite a bit of oddly shaped scraps left over, but now I'm not as thrilled with the color. I needed a way to use up the scraps but still make something I wanted to wear. What better fabric to use for experimentation?
The navy fabric is leftover from a one-shoulder shirt I made in college, the leftover from which I made this t-shirt. With the last few bits left after cutting out the back I squeezed out the stripe and the neck binding.
I started with the pattern I used to make this gift shirt, but shortened it based on how much fabric I had. The sleeve length is also determined by the amount of fabric available. I couldn't see having a sleeveless velvet shirt, but in general, I prefer either sleeveless or 3/4-sleeves because there are only a few weeks in the year that are the right temperature for short sleeves. I also ended up making the shirt narrower by about 2-inches because I didn't have enough fabric for the full width.
Anyway, after tracing the pattern and playing with placement on the fabric, I found a way to get the back cut out of the navy with just a bit extra for the center stripe. I looked at my body and decided how wide I wanted the center stripe to be. Then I checked that I would have enough fabric for that width. When I got to an acceptable measurement, I cut out half that amount from the center front of the pattern and taped on seam allowance to the cut edges.
I also free-handed a square-ish neckline for the front.
After that, sewing up the pattern was quick. I had to be unconcerned with the nap direction in order to get sleeves out of the pink fabric. If you looks closely in real life, you can see that on each sleeve one side of the center seam has the nap in the opposite direction, but I don't think most people will notice.
I had to leave the sleeve and body hems raw, but even so, I wore this to work a few times until it got too cold. I'm pleased with the way the shirt came out and I love making wearable clothes that I like from scraps of scraps.