I wanted to go on an adventure and when this pattern fell into my hands I knew I found the perfect way to fill my spare time. First of all I fell in love with what looks to be a very young Liz Taylor on the cover. Then the cut of the design was so flattering and different.
BOY, I did not know what I had in store for my self though. The level of stitches in this dress was way more than the cover implies.
I started with 2 yards of wide width embossed rose velvet. The pattern called for almost 5 yards, although, I am very short and was able to make the pieces work with much less fabric. First, I took 10 inches off of the skirt of the dress and 2 inches out of each torso piece.
The back of the dress has a weighted cowl neckline. I have done a few on my own although have never weighed them down. I really hope my dear, sweet husband doesn’t miss what ever this little thing is. It didn’t look so important.
The front of the dress had an off the shoulder neckline. I really love this neckline. It is great for gals with a small bust. It also had a key hole neckline that I was not so crazy about so I put a bow over it.
I even binded the waistline for a clean and tidy look.
A few things you may already know about velvet and why it can be tricky. You should never top stitch it. It pushes the pile of the fabric around and can make it look wonky and puckered.\n\nYou need to keep your fabric with the nap when cutting out the pattern layout. Velvet is a piled fabric and will look like a different color when light reflects off it if pieces are not all going the same direction.
Another is you have to have a good fit on your garment or you will see very noticeable pooling of the fabric. Pooling is lines that show up in a garment when something is to tight. It makes waves and wrinkles of what looks like gaping fabric.
See how the sides have lines going across? That is pooling the fabric because it is tight there. On this shirt that I made I added ruching to the sides to give it that pulling look on purpose because the shirts length was too long.
There was hours of hand stitching in this dress because you can have no topstitching on velvet. I hand under stitched all of the facings, linings and hems.
Since the front of the skirts hem was on the straight of grain and the back of the shirt was a half circle skirt I used the help of stitch witchery to give me a clean hemline. Then I simply hand stitched for a few hours.
I’m totally pleased with the turn out of this really beautiful and fun design. This is my 4th holiday studying velvet. Here is a few past years velvet dresses.
\n\n\n\n\n\nCheck out the awesome tree Jesy made me for Christmas and handmade snow globe made by my new friend Krista Putman. Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great holiday!
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