The Christmas Dress, or and update on the Blue Velvet Dress.

Do 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 me.

Because this was a style of dress I hadn´t tried out before, I decided to make a trial dress. A wearable muslin if you will. The pattern was great, and I had no trouble following the instructions. The dress turned out how it was supposed to do, I guess, but the style just wasn´t perfect. It´s not bad at all, matter of fact it IS a good dress, but I just wasn´t having that “Oooh! I LOVE this dress!”- feeling that I think is important for cutting into gorgeous velvet fabric. So I decided not to make a blue version, and I wore a completely different dress to the wedding (a thrifted 60´s brown lace shift dress), and I will save the velvet for another time.

Here is the completed white version of Vogue 8280, which became my Christmas Dress. For Christmas I wore it with red shoes and a red belt, here I´ve styled it with black accessories. Unfortunately, the zipper is broken. The funny thing is that I didn´t notice this until Christmas Day, because I need help to zip it up. And I hadn´t tried to zip it all up until then. That´s when we noticed it was defect. I used an invisible zipper, and it probably broke during insertion. I will unpick it and hand- pick another one at some point. So, if it looks like the dress is gaping, that is because it isn´t full closed. 🙂 When I wore it for Christmas, I held it together at the top using one of my mothers many pretty brooches.



The fabric wrinkles quite easily, and is impossible to photograph, but other than that it´s perfect for this type of dress. I do have some more FO´s to share with you, but I have to wait for better lighting to take some decent pictures. You know, winter, Scandinavia, bla bla bla;-).

Until next time: Have fun!


  1. sewing princess on 09/01/2013 at 13:12

    I really like the dress on you. I had a similar annoying experience with an orange invisible zipper…so frustrating. I have the same pattern. Did you find it runs big? I had that with a previous Vogue dress

    • Sølvi on 09/01/2013 at 13:22

      Thanks! The pattern do run big, but I am so used to this with the big four now, that I tend to just use the measurements for the finished garments that is printed on the pattern tissue instead of using the actual sizing system. So if you use those you should be fine, I think. 🙂

  2. Crab&Bee on 09/01/2013 at 16:42

    This actually happened to me on my wedding day; my friend made my dress and the zipper broke after pictures! I was sewn into it for the ceremony. My friend later found out that when companies package the zipper folded, it tends to break on the fold. Not sure if that’s what happened to you but thought I’d share the tip just in case!

  3. Donna on 09/01/2013 at 21:41

    The white version is gorgeous though – very sophisticated!

  4. Scruffybadger on 10/01/2013 at 08:16

    SO pretty Sølvi! It looks gorgeous on you, really suits your shape and if course style. I like that it’s white, very festive. I think there’s a degree of wisdom for you to be able to make muslin and then not proceed ‘ to plan’, but that is one purpose of the muslin after all.
    Happy new year!

  5. Lynne on 10/01/2013 at 19:29

    Your dress is gorgeous, I love the shape of the neckline and shoulders.

  6. Stacy @ Stacyverb on 12/01/2013 at 15:49

    Oooh, you look so sophisticated. Very elegant Christmas dress.

  7. tors (girl @ girlmeetswolf) on 14/01/2013 at 17:26

    Oooh, I think it’s a great looking dress on you, certainly shows off your figure. Even so, can’t wait to see what you do end up using the blue velvet fabric for because I bet it’s going to be amazing

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