The annual paramedic party is always a big hit, and I was looking forward to the occasion to use the forest green stretch velvet I had in my stash.
I was inspired by this blog post by the Sweet Red Poppy where she created a merlot velvet version of this dress. I knew it was exactly the look I was going for!
Here are my overall pattern notes for next time:
- After reading the Sweet Red Poppy's blog post, I too opted to omit the pockets and raise the neckline - I didn't want it to be too low on me, and I already have a shorter "upper bust" than most people.
- To omit the pockets, I simply taped the pocket pattern piece to the skirt piece so that they lined up and created a single unified peice. That way, when I cut the fabric, it would all line up.
- My dress turned out way too big. I was slightly between a size 0 and 2 when looking at the size chart, and I decided to cut a 2. Perhaps I was just going for a more fitted look, but the dress came out quite baggy. With some crafty alterations, I was able to acheive the look I wanted, but I took in each side of both bodice pieces (lining and self fabric) by about 0.5 inches, and took in the sleeves SIGNIFICANTLY. This is where I noticed it was the most baggy. I wanted a very tight look because baggy velvet isn't my favourite , which meant the sleeves I took in about 1.75 inches.
- Because I had to re-attach the skirt a second time for the alterations anyway, I had to take it in to match the bodice. I also took the opportunity to significantly cut down and iron the seam allowances in the waistband, bodice and skirt pieces to that the waistband didn't have bits poking out awkwardly from underneath. It created a much cleaner finish.
With my alterations, I'm quite proud of how my dress turned out. I also Irish dance, and I feel like I can channel my inner Riverdance in this dress at our next ceili or on St. Paddy's day - so it's nice to know I will get more wear out of it! However, I feel like in future, I might use this pattern for a more casual dress look - I found even with the velvet material I didn't feel as elegant as I wanted to - I felt a little "dressed down" - so I think I might try this pattern again with a simpler jersey for a summertime day dress.
What patterns did you use for your holiday parties this year?
PS. Like the snowflakes? Find out how I made them here.
Self-taught sewist, Knitter, Crocheter, and all round crafty person from Ottawa, Canada.