Butterick 6520, a Katherine Tilton design. It's a pullover knit tunic with a split hem and one patch pocket. I liked the pocket on the pattern, but wasn't sure how practical it would be which is why I decided to add a side zipper.
Sly Fox Fabrics). I don't know about you, but I am loving this current trend of velvet! A simple knit tunic becomes date-night worthy when sewn out of stretch velvet.
The seams on this tunic are topstitched which I think is a nice touch. Even though you can't see it clearly on my black velvet I like knowing that it's there.
Cut a pocket out of your fashion fabric making sure it is large enough for your zipper. I used a 9" closed bottom metal zipper. I also increased the seam allowances on all four sides to 1" as I was working with stretch velvet which doesn't always like to behave.
Place the pocket right side up on a cutting surface and decide where you want the zipper to be. Measure to the center of the zipper teeth; write down that measurement as you'll need it in the next step.
Remove the zipper. Measure in the distance you marked in step above; draw a vertical line using a removable fabric marker or chalk.
This is what it looks like on the wrong side. That interfacing helps support the weight of the zipper.
Cut a second pocket out of either your fashion fabric or lining. I choose to use a ponte knit instead of velvet as velvet on velvet doesn't always like to play nice. It slips and slides and requires a lot of patience!
I sewed this top planning to wear it for Valentine's Day (it's cold here people! No sleeveless, slinky dresses with strappy heels for me) but ended up sick (boo!) That's okay, I've gotten plenty of wear out of it already and it's only a few weeks old.