This fall has been all about velvet. It's amazing how a textile that's been around forever can get a facelift in the form of a modern design. My experience with velvet was a navy blue super stiff dress as a 7 year old. All I remember was the sound it made when I walked and how uncomfortable and itchy it was especially when I sat on our crushed velvet sofa. Yep we had a red crushed velvet sofa in our living room that we were only allowed to sit on when we had on fancy clothes aka awful velvet dresses. But this new wave of velvet goodness is giving me a new appreciation for velvet.
I knew when searching for the perfect velvet I didn't want anything stiff so I chose this amazing olive colored rayon-silk velvet that thankfully comes in 11 colors because the the olive is sold out.
This fabric is gorgeous! the colors are amazing, it cuts and sews beautifully and it feels great against the skin. Keep in mind, this fabric has no stretch so tighter fitting designs will not work.
For these two dresses I used 3 yards of fabric.
The pattern I used for my dress was vintage Butterick 5871 view E shirt pattern with the following alterations:
-Added 3" to the width of the pattern back
-Added 11" to the length of the back and front
-Added 2" to the width of the front pattern
-Added 5" to the length of each side of the necktie
-Removed the back zipper
-Added a 5" slit to the neck front
Chandler's dress was made with a self drafted pattern