Stretch Velvet Holiday Dresses

Friday, January 5, 2018

Since I blasted Instagram with these photos before the holidays, it is about time I made mention of them here. My mom, sister, and I took an amazing trip to New York City in early December. In addition to seeing Hamilton (AMAZING!!), I did a little fabric shopping. I toted 3 yards of this stretch velvet from Spandex House back with me on the airplane, and immediately started planning holiday dresses.  

I knew I wanted to show off this fabulous color and pretty drape. I also kept in mind that I didn't want patterns with heavy gathering or too much topstitching. I settled on the Modkid Aubrey and the Chalk and Notch Waterfall Raglan Dress.

Using glittery knit fabric left over from a Project Run and Play challenge, I created flat "piping" in the curved seams of the Aubrey Dress. I was nervous that the piping wouldn't lay right when worn without topstitching the seam, but it stays flat after all. 

The only other change I made was to add a collar at the front bodice. The collar gets sewn into the shoulder seam. I switched to a non-glittery knit for the neckband to avoid any itchiness. The collar adds a bit of sophistication to the dress. 

I am not the first to sew up the Waterfall Raglan dress in stretch velvet. Gabriela herself has sewn quite a few! This pattern and fabric combination is perfection. For the fit, I needed a size 5 in width and size 7 in length. I appreciate how Gabriela gives lengthening tips otherwise I'm afraid I would have ended up with something too tight in the underarm by adding all of the length in the midsection.

Of course, Tandy had to check out the twirl factor.

Is there anything better than super soft sister hugs?!?

I have added a few more tips for sewing with stretch velvet over on the Modkid blog today.

P.S. That last photo may be my favorite ever!
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