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Black velvet if you please.

I don’t normally sew on the weekend, our flat is rather small and I can’t really spread out when Jon is around. But on Saturday he was off on his brothers stag do (getting pissed) & I was rather at a loose end (not getting pissed) so I decided to be productive and actually got the entire dress I had cut out sewn up in a day.

So…its a pattern I’ve used before. Kitschycoo Lady Skater dress. ( my versions here, here & here)  I am getting slightly bored of it, but it was exactly what I wanted for this dress, and to be honest the 3 dresses I have already are always in and out the washing machine I find them so easy to wear.

The inspiration for this dress was seeing a picture of a friend of a friend in a burgundy velvet skater dress, idly googling to see if anyone had one in my size in burgundy or black & finding that although there are some absolutely gorgeous velvet dresses in the shops at the moment, I couldn’t find many at all in plus size, & non of those had taken account of the fact that if you make something bigger you need to lengthen the skirt too. Then I realised I had a fairly large piece of black stretch velvet in my stash, it did’t disintegrate in the washing machine, so it was a better idea to make my own.

So here it is….

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Sewed up like a dream, no mistakes as far as I’m aware, & I’m really proud of it. With hindsight I would have lengthened the skirt by an inch or two, even though it is longer than a lot of plus sized offerings on the internet, as being velvet it rides up a bit. But as Jon says, it is fine for partying, which  as the moment I took my coat off in the pub yesterday whilst wearing it, my friends were all like ‘Goth!’ is probably going to be its main use. I’m also not entirely sure how happy stretch velvet is with going through the washing machine repeatedly, so I’m definitely saving this for special occasions.

Next sewing project is my xmas lolita dress. I bought the fabric last year but ran out of time, & I have, after several months of searching, found decent quality lace in the colour I wanted to go with it. I was planning on being adventurous and trying to replicate something in an Otome no Sewing book, however I think I’m just going to use my usual pattern as its quite expensive fabric and I don’t have as much time as I intended this year either.

I have also bought some mainstream clothes! Winging their way across the postal network are a Simply B witchy black crochet maxi dress, & two pairs of jeans (one with flairs). There were several other things on various plus size sites I could have bought also. Got to say it is so nice to just look online for a particular type of clothing & be like “ooh, theres choice in my size & some of this I actually like” I’d say its going to end up expensive, except we have been keeping tabs on money for the last couple of months, & actually my sewing habit is quite expensive when you add together all the patterns and fabric I buy. I have an entire wardrobe full of fabric I haven’t used yet & my lace shelf is now massively overcrowded. One of my themes for the first half of next year is going to be using stuff I already own.

Also my wig and witches hat from My Lolita Dress arrived a few days ago (literally the next posting day after Halloween, which was slightly irritating). So I might do some reviews of stuff or something.

 

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another skater dress- Burberry style floral

I made this a few weeks ago, but I’ve had a backlog of blogging so didn’t get round to  posting till now.

Anyway, I decided to stop making mock-ups of stuff and hoarding the nicest fabric in my stash waiting for the perfect project to come along. So since I’ve been doing dancing every week, I need a pretty endless supply of easy to dance in jersey dresses. so I thought I’d revisit kitschykoo’s Lady Skater Dress which I have made twice before (here and here), but make it in one of my nicer fabrics this time.

The fabric I chose was a grey floral number with a Burberry Tartan style border print. Which was great, and it preached nicely and everything was fine until I came to cut it and realised the skirt pieces of the Lady Skater Dress are quite severely curved, so I couldn’t put the border at the bottom of the skirt as I had planned. I suppose I could have changed the skirt for a rectangular gathered one, but I panicked a bit, and as I was absolutely determined to make a dress that day whatever, I put the check border print along the bottom of the bodice instead. In the event this was probably the most sensible choice as a barely had fabric to finish the thing by the time I’d cut it all, so a rectangular skirt wouldn’t have worked anyway.

So I finished it, and it was fine, but then I looked at it on the hanger and was really disappointed and thought I’d wasted the gorgeous fabric, and didn’t like it at all…

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So I sulked till Jon came home, and then tried it on and took some pictures…… and I’ve got to say although unprepossessing on the hanger, on me i love it!

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The line of check across the middle actually looks really nice I think.

Here is a close up of the check on the sleeves and the bodice..

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So yeah, its a little too long on the bodice, as the pattern runs slightly long on me anyway, and as I cut the fabric horizontally down the grain rather than vertically across it, because of the pattern, it has stretched slightly lengthways.

But I am really pleased with that, and its been worn pretty much within a day or so of coming out of the wash ever since.

I have another project cut out ready to go at the moment, but am not really in a sewing mood this week, so we shall see if it actually happens or not!