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Assam Velvet Tee

Item 346128

Assam Velvet Tee: The luxe of velvet gives this long-sleeved tee instant sophistication. Made of cotton-nylon velvet — with a touch of spandex for stretch. Front princess seams create a slightly fitted, flattering silhouette. With scoop neckline and a lightly curved bottom. Machine washable. Imported. Length: 22.5".

Regular Women's Sizing

All of our women's clothes are designed to fit true to size.
Size 2 4
Bust 32½ 33½
Sleeves 30 30½ 31 31½ 32
Waist 24 25
Hips 34½ 35½

Petite Women's Sizing

Size 2 4
Bust 32 33
Sleeves 28½ 29 29½ 30 30½
Waist 23½ 24½
Hips 34 35
Do you know your acetate from a hole in the ground? Your gussets from your grommets? If not, here's a list of the more commonly used textile words and terms that you'll see in our catalog. For more information or clarification, you can call us at: 1-800-882-4323

ACETATE - A manufactured fiber that uses cellulose refined from cotton and/or wood pulp. Characteristics: fast drying, wrinkle- and shrinkage-resistant, crisp or soft depending on end use, luxurious in appearance.

ACRYLIC - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: wrinkle resistance; low moisture absorbency and quick-drying; provides warmth yet lightweight, soft and resilient.

ALPACA - The fleece from an Alpaca, a cousin to the llama. Alpaca fleece is similar in characteristics to wool, but softer, silkier and more lustrous.

BANDED COLLAR - A shirt without a fold-over collar; there is only the band at the neck.

BARTACK - A close series of stitches crossing a piece of cloth in order to reinforce at a point of concentrated strain (e.g. belt loop or patch pocket corner).

BASKET WEAVE - A variation of the plain weave in which two or more threads weave alike in both warp (down) and filling (across) directions, joined in the regular order of the plain weave. So named for the basket-like pattern of the weave.

BATIK - A method of resist dyeing which employs wax as the resist. The pattern is covered with wax, and the fabric is then dyed: the wax patterns will not take the dye. The wax is removed after dyeing by boiling the fabric or applying solvent. The fabric is often streaked where the dye has gone through cracks in the wax. Batik dyeing originated in Indonesia.

BESOM - A narrow piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; can be single besom, one side of pocket opening or double besom, both sides.

BOX PLEAT - Two small, back to back outward facing pleats that have a box- like appearance. On shirts, box pleats are positioned in the center back at the bottom of the yoke to allow ease of movement in the shoulders and arms.

BROADCLOTH - A fine, closely woven, lustrous cotton or cotton/poly blend made in plain weave with a fine rib in the direction of the filling (across). The filling yarn is heavier and has less twist than the warp yarn (down). The cloth is usually mercerized, and has a soft, firm finish.

BRUSHING - A finishing process for woven or knit fabrics in which brushes or other abrading elements are used to raise a nap (a fuzzy or downy surface). Brushed fabrics have a soft, slightly weathered, broken-in feel.

BUTTON-DOWN COLLAR - Having buttonholes on the collar points so they fasten to the shirt.

CAMP COLLAR - A one-piece collar that lays flat, part of the shirt also lays flat to create a notch. Also called a Convertible Collar or Notched Collar.

CANVAS - A general classification of strong, firm, closely woven fabrics usually made with cotton. A heavier, open weave comprised of plied yarns (a number of single yarns, usually three, twisted together). Characteristics: very hard-wearing, generally water-resistant.

CASHMERE - The fleece that comes from a Cashmere goat. These animals roam at high elevations (10,000 - 15,000 ft.), hence their very warm, soft fleece. Garments made with cashmere are normally more expensive because of limited yield (one goat produces only 4 ounces of fleece a year).

CHAMBRAY - A general class of plain weave, usually cotton, made with a colored warp (down) and white filling (across). Most often made using blue and white, but also available in stripes, checks and figured patterns.

COMBING - The removal of short fibers or noils from material so that the resulting yarn be composed of larger fibers. The comb straightens and arranges them in parallel order.

CORDUROY - A strong, durable fabric with cotton ground and vertical cut-pile stripes (wales) formed by an extra system of filling yarns. The foundation of the fabric can be either a plain or twill weave. Of all cotton fabrics, corduroy is the warmest because its wales form an insulated cushion of air.

COTTON - A vegetable fiber consisting of unicellular hairs attached to the seed of the cotton plant. The normal color of cotton is light to dark cream, and its chemical composition is almost pure cellulose. A distinct feature of the mature fiber is its spirality or twist. In fabrics, cotton makes for strong, versatile, cool-wearing and comfortable garments.

CREPE - A general classification of fabric characterized by a broad range of crinkled or gained surface effects. Methods of making crepe include the use of hard twisted yarns, special chemical treatment, special weaves and embossing.

DART - A tuck in the fabric that is sewn. It is used to define the shape of a garment making a two dimensional piece of fabric into a three-dimensional garment. Darts are usually seen where the body curves: bust, waist, hip.

DENIM - A well-known basic cotton or blended fabric in a right- or left-hand woven twill. Generally, the warp (down) is dyed blue with a white filling (across). Also called "dungaree."

DOBBY - A general term for a fabric woven on a special dobby loom, which allows the weaving of small, geometric figures. These patterns are beyond the range of simple looms, yet too limited to be produced economically by Jacquard loom. A dobby weave can be distinguished from a plain weave by its more ornate and intricate woven appearance.

FLANNEL - Generally, a cotton or wool fabric, napped on one or both sides (usually both), then bleached, dyed or printed, and brushed or rerun through the napping machine to revive the nap. Flannel fabrics are very soft and cozy.

FLEECE - 1). A heavy napped surface, most often in knit goods, made with a heavy and soft-spun back yarn, which is napped in finishing (e.g. the inside surface of a sweatshirt). 2). Wool sheared from sheep or other animals in the wool class. The term is especially used for the entire coat of wool shorn from the sheep at one time; it is generally taken off the animal in one piece.

GARMENT DYEING - The garment is first produced, then the complete garment is dyed.

GARMENT WASH - The garment is constructed and then washed to soften the fabric and minimize shrinkage.

GAUGE - A measurement used in knitted garments that reflects the size of the needles used to knit the garment. The larger the gauge, the smaller the needle - therefore, the finer the knit.

GORE - Vertical panels in a skirt or dress; enhances the fit of a garment.

GROMMET - Little air holes reinforced with metal ring, usually on jackets, hats or shoes to allow ventilation.

GROSGRAIN - A firm, closely woven, ribbed fabric. It has a dressy appearance and is used for ribbons, neckties, hatbands and trimmings.

GUSSET - A triangular piece of fabric inserted into a garment to improve the fit or for reinforcement (e.g. on the sleeve of a jacket under the arm to allow for extra layering).

HERRINGBONE TWILL - A broken twill weave composed of vertical sections which are alternately right hand and left hand in direction, resembling the vertebral structure of the herring (zigzag). The twill changes direction perfectly where the weave breaks, balancing the overall pattern of the fabric.

HOLLYWOOD WAISTBAND - The waistband is the same piece of fabric as the rest of the garment. Advantages are that it has a smooth silhouette making the transition from hip to waist more gradual.

JACQUARD - A system of weaving which, because of a pattern-making mechanism of great versatility, permits the production of very ornate, complex woven designs. This type of weaving is used for tapestry, figured necktie and dress fabric, and figured patterns on knit goods (sweaters).

JERSEY - A generic term for a plain knitted fabric; its principal distinction is that it is not a fabric with a distinct rib (e.g. T-shirt fabric).

KNIT - Knit fabrics are made up of a series of interlocking loops that result in a flexible construction. All knits have some stretch.

LINEN - One of the oldest textile fibers known. Though the fiber and the fabric are both commonly known as linen, it is actually flax, the fiber of the Linum plant. Linen is generally favored for its fine, strong, cool-wearing properties. It drapes away from the skin rather than clinging to it. In knitwear, linen is combined with other natural or synthetic fibers for improved strength and resiliency.

MERCERIZATION - A treatment of cotton yarn or fabric to increase its luster. Its affinity for dyes is also enhanced. In the process, the material is immersed under tension in a sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) solution. This later is neutralized in acid. The process causes a permanent swelling of the fiber, thus increasing its luster.

NYLON - The generic term for man-made fibers composed of polyamides derived from coal and petroleum. Characteristics: high strength, elasticity, low water absorption and quick-drying.

OMBRE - A color effect woven into the fabric that has gradual changes in shade from light to dark, generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp.

PIGMENT DYEING - A process in which a specific type of dye is applied to the surface of a fabric, then after one washing it fades into a softer color. The color will slowly continue to fade with age. Pigment dyed products from Territory Ahead are prewashed and will not harm other garments during washing after they've been washed once.

PLACKET - An opening with fabric piecing and buttons or snaps on a garment that facilitates dressing. Plackets can be at the neck of a shirt, the cuff of a sleeve, or the waist of a skirt or pair of pants.

PLEATS - Small tucks in clothing to allow for extra room and ease of movement. Pleats can be seen at the waist of pants or skirts, the cuff of a sleeve, the waist or bust area of a blouse or dress.

POLYESTER - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: crease-resistance, quick-drying, great shape retention, high strength, abrasion resistance and easy care.

PRINTING - Applying color(s) in definite, repeated patterns of fabric by any one of a number of printing methods. Color is deposited in thick paste form and treated with steam or chemicals to cause it to migrate into or adhere to textile material. The design is not woven into the cloth but stamped in after the cloth is woven or knit.

RAMIE - A strong, soft fiber yielded by the inner bark of the Ramie plant. The fiber is white, soft, lustrous and slightly coarser than flax (linen) when degummed and bleached. Ramie fabrics are strong, smooth and durable.

RAYON - A generic term for man-made fibers composed of regenerated cellulose derived from trees, cotton and woody plants. Characteristics: high absorbency, bright or dull luster, pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors and superior strength.

REACTIVE DYE - A type of dye that completely saturates the fabric for a long lasting color.

RIB KNIT - A double-knit fabric in which the rib wales or vertical rows of stitches intermesh alternatively on the face and the back of the fabric. Rib knit fabrics have good elasticity and shape retention, especially in the width.

RISE - The measurement on pants from the front waist between the legs up to the back waist. This refers to how high or low a pant will ride (i.e. "short-waist" or "long-waist")

SANDBLASTING - The garment is literally sandblasted for a worn-in look; fabric has to be very durable to withstand the abuse, usually 14 oz. denim for jeans.

SANDWASH - Sand is put into the industrial wash for a softened feel and texture for the garment.

SHIRTTAIL HEM - The curved bottom hem of a shirt - higher on the side hip area (for ease of movement) dipping low in the front and back (so that the shirt will stay tucked into pants).

SILK - Continuous protein filament produced by the larvae of various insects, especially the caterpillar when constructing its cocoon. The chief portion of commercial silk is produced in Japan and China. Characteristics: resiliency, aesthetics, elasticity and strength, warm in winter, cool in summer.

SLUB - A lump or thick place on yarn caused by small lengths of yarn adhering to it during the spinning process. This adds a random texture to the fabric when the yarn is woven or knit into a garment.

SPREAD COLLAR - An open collar with no buttons to hold the collar points to the shirt. Spread collars have two pieces: the fold over collar part and the stand that keeps the collar close to the neck.

STANDARD WAISTBAND - An extra piece of fabric that is sewn to the body of the pants, shorts or skirt.

TENCEL - A cellulosic fiber produced by Courtaulds, spun from an amine oxide solvent that offers a higher degree of polymerization than is available with rayon. Characteristics: pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors, superior strength, and easy care.

VENTED BOTTOM - The bottom hem of a shirt that is cut straight with side slits to allow ease of movement. Vents are usually 2" deep.

WALE - In woven fabric, one series of ribs, cords, or raised portions. In corduroy fabric, wales per inch are counted to distinguish broad- from fine-textured cloth. The higher the wale number, the finer the texture of the fabric.

WEIGHT OF CLOTH (OZ.) - A description or classification of many fabrics by weight per yard.

WELT - A piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; usually a single welt and wider than a besom.

WOOL - Primarily the fleece of a sheep or lamb - but can also refer to fleece of the alpaca, angora, cashmere goat, camel and vicuna. The fiber is distinguished from hair by the character of its covering: minute overlapping scales, which give it a felting property. Characteristics: strong and resilient, soft and warm, wicks away moisture and dyes well for rich coloration.

WOVEN - Woven fabrics are produced by the interlacing of yarns. Each filling yarn goes alternately over and under each warp yarn.

YARN-DYEING - Dyeing of individual yarns before weaving or knitting. Compared to garment dyes or prints, yarn-dyed fabrics boast richer, longer lasting color.

YOKE - An added section of fabric in a shirt or pants that enhances the fit. On a shirt, the yoke is usually on the back across the top shoulder area but can also be on the front shoulder to chest area. On pants, it is generally on the back of jeans-style pants located below the waistband.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating:

(based on 33 reviews)

November 30, 2016
"Love it! It is cozy and warm on this cold day. the fabric is substantial and drapes nicely. the princess seams are very flattering without being too snug. I have not washed it yet, so am not sure about shrinkage, though."
By XSandra XpreSSS
Muncie, IN
November 22, 2016
" Burgundy color lighter than expected but beautiful, fabric thicker which is a plus. Very comfy & plush. Would have bought XS if available like last year, esp liked bluegreen color sage prev offered. Curved hem & princess seams are flattering style flourishes."
By Sally
Englewood, CO
October 25, 2016
"Machine washable, comfortable and flattering. Perfect shade of burgundy - redder than the picture."
Hillsboro, WI
October 19, 2016
"Have 3 others . Love it!"
By Sally
Englewood , CO
October 15, 2016
"Comfortable and flattering. I bought it in brown and like it so much I've ordered it in burgundy. Nice weight. Looks great dressed up or with jeans. "
April 15, 2016
"Fit: perfect Material: wonderful Color: as advertised"
By XXSss
Muncie, IN
December 12, 2015
"Beautiful in XS blue sage! 5 stars. 5'6", 116#. Wore w blk velour D/4 waist pants and grey velour jkt. Very comfy, warm and chic. Top w my previous set was too blousy and thin. This is much better, esp @ clearance price of $34."
By Fashionably Grey
Chicago, IL
November 03, 2015
"I order a petite medium and it fit perfectly. I ordered a blue/green that went well with a wool skirt I ordered from Territory Ahead during the summer sale. I am 5'6" with short arms (hence the need for petite), 130 lbs. and a 36C. It helps me when reviewers state their measurements and sizes they ordered."
By Joy
Rockaway, NJ
May 12, 2015
"I ordered 2 velour tops one was in Berry the other Sage. I have placed orders for these tops before. The fit is the same however the fabric wasn't as luxurious. The Berry color is beautiful, the Sage was not what I expected - too dull but I'll keep it anyway. They were both on sale but I personally don't think they were worth even the sale price. I own at least 6 others from previous years."
By Agnes
rolla, mo
January 22, 2014
"I bought this shirt a few years ago in several colors and loved it. I ordered a new one in 2014 and am disappointed to see how much the quality has declined. The cut is still the same, but the fabric is flimsier, the seams are not as elaborate, and the entire shirt appears more cheaply made. I bought it on sale and am not sure it is worth the shipping to return it; for the full price, it would be seriously overpriced for the low quality. I would have given the old ones 5 stars and am disappointed that you no longer make them."
By Marianne
Northbrook, Illinois
October 24, 2013
"I was so happy to see the colors offered this year. I love the style and velvet. It is my go to shirt on weekends, so comfortable. I had previously purchased 2 a number of years ago. I loved the fabric of those first two, such a luxurious feel. I was disappointed in the ones I just received. I had read some of the reviews saying the previous fabric was too stiff. So I am sure that is why the fabric is now of a lighter quality. I guess you can't please everyone. Please bring back the previous fabic. It was fabulous."
By Caffiend
Cleveland, OH
February 18, 2013
"I love the beautiful heavy velvet fabric of this top, but don't expect the ruby to be red. It's a peculiar orangey-pink color - pretty, but not the Christmas red I was looking for. Worked just fine for Valentine's Day!"
By Marcelline
May 30, 2012
"I love this shirt so much I bought it in more than one color! Very soft and snuggly. My favorite winter shirt."
By Layo
Wytheville, VA
May 12, 2012
"This is one lovely shirt - beautiful to behold, and oh-so-cozy and comfortable. I've had it in black for many years, and that one still looks and feels like new, despite plenty of abuse on the job and by my grandkids. It washes well, and comes fluffy and static-free right out of the dryer. When I saw the gray color on the website, I had to have it, too, and it's even more gorgeous. Looking forward to another decade of wearing this form-fitted, but not-too-tight tee - great buy!"
By faaron
Nyack, NY
March 27, 2012
"Fits perfectly. Very becoming to the figure. Excellent sleeve length. Love the curved hem. Only problem: spot-cleaning leaves a mark on the velvet."
By Boxer
North Carolina
March 27, 2012
"I love this top! I'm 5'2" and it hits just below my waist. I ordered XS Petite and the fit through the shoulders is perfect. I'm well-endowed but this tee didn't "pull" across the bustline. The tee is so comfy and such a good fit that I ordered several when they went on sale!"
By Dotti
March 27, 2012
"This is a 5-star tee! It's not too fitted and gives a flattering shape to one's body."
By Grit
Tucson, AZ
March 12, 2012
"This top barely touched my the top of my hips, and I'm both short (5'1") and short-waisted. The fit was also tighter than I like."
By CiCi
Washington, DC
February 12, 2012
"I bought every color of the Assam Velvet Tee available in my size at a ridiculously reduced clearance price. I knew I was going to love them. They fit like a glove and keep me warm on very cold days in our nation's capital."
By JeanMarie
February 10, 2012
"This tee has become a basic. I bought my first one several seasons ago, now have it in five colors. The fabric is lush, substantial and a perfect weight for our New Mexico mountain climate. The flattering fit is good with jeans and your Rhythm and Blues long skirt, another great basic."
By nokomarie
February 09, 2012
By 1joyce
Charlottesville, VA
February 07, 2012
"This is a very heavy weight, well made top. It bells at the bottom a little too much for my liking, but is over all, very nice."
By Swan
Santa Cruz, CA
February 07, 2012
"I bought this top in a beautiful Olive green. It washed well and retained it's flattering shape. I want it in other colors now!"
By Ladyrae
Pebble Beach, Ca
February 07, 2012
"On sale this is the one - washed great and so soft"
By Dallaszippy
February 07, 2012
"I was pleasantly surprised by the weight of the velvet frabric, it's substantial! This tee is not only beautful and flattering, it's warm and comfortable."
By MerryInTexas
February 07, 2012
"I got this in 3 colors because I really wanted one to go with any of several things I have, but I returned them all. They're too heavy for me in Austin, Texas. I found the Petite was short in the body length and the Regular was LONG in the sleeves. Also I thought the stitching in the princess seams was less than perfect. They sort of puckered until about halfway down and looked like they had been cut with pinking shears; they hadn't but that was the effect of the stitching--sort of tiny scallops. The rest of the stitching was fine. This was the case in 2 of the 3 I ordered."
By dolly126
New York
January 30, 2012
"This is a very heavy and stiff feeling velour. It runs large and very short in length. (I'm 5'6" and it only comes to my waist.) The styling is nice, too bad it isn't a better fit and fabric. Unfortunately, I'll be sending it back."
By ToniJo
Long Branch,NJ
January 27, 2012
"This velvet top is a nice heavy fabric which has a luxurious look and feel. Dresses up jeans or could be worn with dressy skirt. Beautiful rich color."
By cinderkitty
Silicon Valley
January 27, 2012
"I have this top in the purple and the green. The fit is very slimming and elongating (I'm 5 ft. tall). The stretch makes it super comfortable. Don't miss this!"
By hummingbird
January 26, 2012
"This top is of a very comfortable, stretchy, fairly heavy velvet. The color rose is true to the picture. I am 5'5"/119# with broad shoulders and long arms, but am short-waisted, and size small fits me perfectly."
By butterfly2
January 26, 2012
northern Nevada
January 26, 2012
"I orderd 2 of these on sale, ivory and rose. Returned the rose because it was an almost lavendar-rose as opposed to the coral-rose it looked in the catalog photo and didn't go with any of the things I wanted to wear it with. Some reviewers said the fabric was thick/stiff. It is heavier than other velvet I own - you might say that is better quality or say it's inferior because it does not drape well. For my casual uses, it is fine. A lot of that problem may come from having 4 princess seams on the front, especially since they are enclosed flat-fled seams (like jeans) that are always thick and stiffer."
By ebroch
January 26, 2012
"I ordered this in a small petite. It was too short (never happened before in my life). I tried the medium petite. Still too short (and now too big). Sadly I have to return. I wonder if the cut is just wrong."