Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Sewing with Velvet - Lady Skater Dress

Hey, it's been a while! I have been busy sewing and sharing my output over on Instagram as it is just so much quicker to stick the dress on Violet and share a quick snap than it is to actually have my photo taken by a usually pouting husband. This little velvet number deserved more and as we were about to go out for an anniversary meal Gray was unusually happy to oblige... Plus with a wall like this I couldn't resist the chance to get a few snaps.

The lovely Lucy at Sew Essential asked if I would like to sew up some of their beautiful stretch velvet and obviously the answer was yes, please!  I have a bit of a thing for velvet and since I started to wear exclusively handmade dresses it was a fabric that was missing from my wardrobe.  I had been eyeing up the beautiful skater dresses over on New Look and thinking, I could make that!  Sew Essential have also put together a handy blog post full of tips on sewing with velvet.  I didn't have any issues with this dress, I avoided the iron completely and used hem tape and finger pressing instead.  I also didn't find it particularly slippy it pretty much sewed up like a good weight jersey fabric.

I originally planned to sew this fabric into a Wren dress with a skater skirt rather than the gathered skirt it comes with but after all the issues with the Rue pattern that led to it being recalled and then seeing a pre-photoshopped sample version of the Wren dress complete with a wonky waist seam and wrinkles galore I totally lost any confidence in Colette's drafting and my ability to correct any issues this may have presented and opted for my tried and true, the Lady Skater dress.   I decided to raise the front neckline and lower the back so it had more of a party feel and then made a couple of little bows to add a bit of interest.  The only thing I would do next time is size up for the sleeves, everywhere else fits nicely but the sleeves feel a bit tighter than they would in jersey or sweatshirting.

Shoes: Clarks


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