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.
Dress: Made by me using Stretch Velvet from Sew Essential*
Pattern: Lady Skater Dress by Kitschy Coo