Green Velvet Top

  • Pattern: Kwik Sew K4026, view B (sort of)
  • Fabric: Green stretch velvet from Spandex House
  • Modifications: 
    • Omitted the skirt and extended the bodice (adding more waist shaping) to turn it into a top
    • Added a center back seam to give it a bit more shape
  • Comments:  I love the stretch velvet from Spandex House! The color doesn’t come through very well on my phone’s camera (and it clashes wit my teal dress form), but this is a beautiful pure, deep green. Kind of Christmassy.

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Blue Velvet Cocktail Dress

I loved the stretch velvet I used in my last ball gown so much that I went back to Spandex House and bought more in another color (maybe this one? A nice, deep blue). This time, I knew in advance that I had to do something with interesting drape at the neckline to take advantage of the velvet, so I grabbed Kwik Sew K4026 and just made View A!

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(There are no stripes in the skirt; I’m not sure why the lighting is making it look like there are!)

The only change I made was to flare the skirt a bit more, though I should’ve redrafted the skirt entirely. By just increasing the flare without redrafting the waist curve, I ended up with the fullness concentrated on the sides. Oh, well–at least I learned something! (I also learned that I should always, always listen to my instincts and add pockets; I was lazy and didn’t do it, and now I regret it.)

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Anyway, just a note about sizing: According to the size chart, I should’ve made a size M graded to an L at the waist and hip. But, as anyone knows who’s ever sewn a Big Four pattern knows, that would’ve meant like 3 inches of POSITIVE ease. In a fitted knit dress!! I just made up the straight size S (plus my wacky flare) and it fits perfectly.

The only other thing I’m not 100% happy with is how bulky the facing is at the shoulders. Surely there must be a way to do an all-in-one facing? Or just line the bodice? Something to try next time.