A good friend of mine is getting married in November, and I really want to make a new dress for that event. Believe it or not, I don´t really have any winter appropriate party dresses, and you never know how the weather will be in November. Especially in a chilly church.

Before we moved, a friend of mine in Uppsala gifted me with a piece of fabric that had belonged to her late mother. Now, her mother used to work as a seamstress, teaching sewing to students, so the quality of the fabric is just wonderful. It´s a navy blue velvet, and I don´t bother taking a picture of it just yet, as the photos won´t do the velvet any justice.

For the last month or so, I´ve been trying to find out what kind of design I´d like for the dress. Velvet is a little tricky, and the fewer the seams, the better, in my opinion. Here are some sketches I did last week:

These are all based upon dress patterns I already had, unfortunately none of them really stood out as THE pattern.  Then, last night when I was watching The Daily Show, Olivia Wilde was the interview object, and she was wearing the most beautiful dress:


The square neckline is gorgeous, and the long sleeves are perfect for a November wedding party. The dress she is wearing seems to be in some kind of knit material and the dress design is by A.L.C.

This morning I scoured the interwebs to find an appropriate sewing pattern for this type of neckline. I believe that I have similar dress patterns in my Burda´s, but I made a square neckline this summer for a dress for my mother using one of them, and although it turned out okay in the end (thanks to the flexible cotton sateen I used), I don´t think  I could pull off a similar save with velvet. So I need nice and clear instructions and I need a well designed pattern.

Luckily enough, sewingpatterns.com have a Vogue sale right now, and I was able to snach up Vogue 8280. This is commonly known as Vogues version of the Galaxy dress, and people seem to like the pattern. There are some gorgeous versions out there, you should check them out!

The version I am making is a combination of C and F. I obviously want the square neckline, and also the straight skirt of F but not the puffy sleeves. Hopefully the pattern will be here in time, I´m really looking forward to make this!

So, that´s some of my sewing plans. What about you people, do you have any great velvet sewing tips? I´d love to know!

11 Comments

  1. Gillian on 30/09/2012 at 14:47

    It’s going to be stunning! Reminds me a bit of the navy dress you are wearing in your blog header, but obviously much more dramatic and formal! Have you ever sewn with velvet before? I’ve never tried it…

    • Sølvi on 01/10/2012 at 10:52

      I have high hopes for this one! 😉 I have sewn a little with velvet before, and know that the presscloth is my friend, and that once you´ve stitched a seam, it´s gonna stay there. So I guess a muslin is necessary to get the fit right!

  2. kristindownie (aka quietandsmall) on 02/10/2012 at 04:51

    ooooh i can’t wait to see it!!!

  3. Sewing Princess on 02/10/2012 at 09:23

    Oh, I have that pattern too! It will be great I am sure. I would highly reccommend you make a muslin…those Vogue patterns run big. A few months ago I made a very similar pattern Vogue 8648 (http://bombardone.com/sewingprincess/2012/05/the-big-reveal-vogue-8648-couture-dress/). According to the chart I was a size 14. Size 12 was still too big. Check out the real measurement on the pattern tissue. Good luck!

    • Sølvi on 02/10/2012 at 09:53

      Thanks for the tip! I am planning on making a wearable muslin in a wool blend to check the size and to practice on the design, commenters on PR have all said that this dress runs big in the bodice, so I’ll definately check the pattern tissue first. I usually do that with the big four. Why, oh why do they add so much ease? I just don’t get it!:-)

    • Sølvi on 02/10/2012 at 09:56

      By the way, I love your 8648, I have that Susan Kahlje class too, but haven’t had much progression yet. I might use it for this dress, though! 🙂

  4. Donna on 02/10/2012 at 10:52

    The inspiration dress is beautiful – I’m sure your Vogue version will be too! Can’t wait to see it 🙂 It’s hard to come up w/ outfits sometimes for those drafty churches…

    • Sølvi on 02/10/2012 at 11:17

      I totally agree, especially if the dress should be appropriate for a (potentially) warm dinner party afterwards!

  5. Scruffybadger on 03/10/2012 at 22:53

    That is stunning and I can SO see you looking a million dollars in it. Great choice and you’ll be another awesome galactic dress maker 🙂

  6. Alessa on 06/10/2012 at 11:29

    Wow, that’s looking to be a stunning dress! I really like your sketches, too. 🙂
    Sadly, I have no pointers for sewing with velvet. For now, I’m still sticking to the easy fabrics. 😉

  7. […] you remember the navy blue velvet dress I was about to make back in …ehem…September? Well, turns out, Vogue 8280 wasn´t really for […]

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