Oh my goodness, I could stroke this stretch velvet fabric ALL. DAY. LONG. I will admit, as a prairie gal, I feel overdressed in this dress but I still like it. Thank goodness, I can dress it down with that red plaid jacket, another fabric that I can easily stroke ALL. DAY. LONG.
I finally decided on a TNT pattern, OOP Vogue 8939. This is the third version that I have made. I still haven't found the collar pattern piece and re-used the collar from Burda pattern that I used on the last version. This time I added more width to the pattern piece and it is loose with some drape, so it doesn't look like the turtleneck from the other two versions.
This pattern is an quick and easy make. The only changes I made (besides the collar) include shortening the length on the sleeves and adding seven inches to the length. I hemmed the dress with an inch and a half hem.
This fabric found its way into my stash when it went on sale while Fanny Fabrics was closing down in the city. I picked up this fabric for a song which probably explains why there is so much of it in my stash.
Stretch velvet requires special care when sewing but with the right tools I found it is easy to handle.
- I used a ball point sewing machine needle.
- I choose a lightening bolt stitch (knit stitch) on my sewing machine. If you don't have one on your machine you can sew with a small zig-zag stitch.
- I used a polyester thread.
- And the most important trick to sewing this fabric is to have a walking foot. It has a set of upper feed dogs the help feed the fabric through the presser foot without any sliding. It worked like a dream even when I was stitching three layers of fabric stitching the collar in place.
I should mention that I had to pay special attention when cutting out this pattern. Since the fabric has a nap, I had to take care with the placement of the pattern pieces. Nap refers to a fabric that has a pile, such as velvet, and causes the fabric to appear as if it were different shades from different angles. You can even feel the nap if you run your hand across the fabric from different angles.
This fabric had been previously pre-treated with a tumble in the washing machine and dryer on the delicate setting. I did not need to steam the fabric prior of during the sewing process. The finished seams laid flat without any issues.
Fabric: 2 metres
Twill Tape: 0.3 metres
Needle: 1 ball point needle
Pattern: OOP Vogue 8939
Thread: Used the premier thread on the serger.
Additional Tools: Sewing machine, serger, scissors, pins, hand sewing needle, and walking foot.