Women's Long Sleeve Print Drapeneck Velvet Tunic
Nice for the price.
I don't care which way the nap runs - the bust is tight and the drape neck is huge! Will need a cami under this but for the price I don't mind. For what it's worth I'd prefer the nap to run the opposite direction with this particular fabric. I've had cotton velvet cut against the nap and it looks rich but this isn't cotton velvet. This is polyester and it would look better with the nap running the other way. That's just my opinion. For the sale price it is perfectly wearable and very nice. You won't find anything else in this price range that looks this good.
March 1, 2014
Lands End should have rejected this garment when it came in w/ the pile on the velvet running the wrong way. What could have been an attractive top looks drab as a result. Not worth the money.
January 25, 2014
This is a beautiful top-and the nap is correct!
The nap does NOT run the wrong way! I learned to sew as a child and every teacher I ever had and every sewing book I ever read taught me that the the garment should feel rough when you stroke the fabric from top to bottom. This is to enhance the richness and the color of the velvet. If you make the nap go the wrong way (feeling smooth from top to bottom), the fabric looks shiny and less rich in color. My top is made exactly right, and when I hold it upside down it looks shiny and less deeply colored. Right side up makes it look rich and deeply colored. So please, Lands' End, don't listen to the nay-sayers and continue to make your velvet garments correctly! And in regard to the top's fit-I was a little concerned being small and petite (5'3" 105#) this would not fit me correctly but it looks stunning on and is very flattering. I got the XS regular length because I wanted to be sure that I had enough butt coverage, which has plenty of, but as a result the sleeves are too long and I plan to shorten them. I plan to get another one in the solid color while it is still available and I think I will try the petite length next. Overall this is a great piece.
January 4, 2014
This top is beautiful. I am so glad to see long sleeves back this cold winter. The fabric is not that thin spandex knit that you see everywhere. This has body. The print has many colors in it and will look good with black or navy bottoms. I plan to wear the LE velvet pants with it, and maybe a vest. It is really lovely on, and drapes well. The neckline looks wonderful on me...very different, and leaves a lot of room for a necklace. I will wear this often.
December 23, 2013
Velvet clothing used to be made of cotton, which was a real dust magnet. Then rayon or a blend of rayon and silk... delightful! Polyester? No thanks. The drape doesn't work and static cling makes it unwearable when the heat is on in your car, home, or destination.
December 16, 2013
Beautiful teamed up with the Black velvet sport knit pants!
This top is as beautiful teamed up with a pair of velvet pants as it is paired with a fitted pair of jeans. It's ultra comfortable too. The patterning on this top is quite jewel-like.
December 7, 2013
Yes, the nap runs in the wrong direction, which doesn't make me happy, and I was going to take a star off for that, but I got so many compliments when I wore it that I decided it deserved the full count. It's very comfortable, drapes beautifully and looks great. I ordered a plus size for my plus sized body, and it fit me more like the relaxed fit on the regular model's photo -- not the tighter fit as shown on the plus-sized model. I don't understand why Landsend chose such a curvy plus model and then chose a tight size to put on her, since they don't do that with the regular models (who look like sticks). It makes it much harder to determine whether to order the garment or not, because it looks like it runs big in regular and small in plus. Anyway, I love the tunic length and fit and look in general, and so did the people who complimented me.
December 5, 2013
Nap runs the wrong direction
The nap runs the wrong direction. When you stroke the fabric the soft velvety feel is from bottom to top and should be the reverse. So if you start at your shoulders and smooth down your arms or to your hips you are running against the nap and it feels very rough. Stroking upwards would reward you with the soft velvety feel, but who would smooth out their clothes from bottom to top? In addition, because the nap is reversed, the colorful design is barely visible unless you hold the garment upside down. This is due to the way light reflects on the velvet. I bought this shirt in petite and regular size (because I wasn't sure of the tunic length) and both shirts had the nap running the wrong way. Both are being returned. The velvet sports pants which are offered to coordinate with the tunics also has the nap going the wrong way which makes the light hit them in an unattractive way.
November 12, 2013