I started this dress in the fall of 2016, and then it spent a year getting wrinkled while sitting on my ironing table.
I was petrified of wrecking the fabric by pressing the seams wrong. The combination of synthetic velvet plus lurex made me visualize melted goldish-pink gluck on my ironing board, and I couldn’t find a velvet board, and didn’t want to risk a towel. Eventually I just went ahead and pressed it with my regular pressing things on my regular tailor’s board on about medium heat and it worked beautifully. Go figure.
Technically, this is not a dress pattern for a knit, which I suppose this lurex pale pink stretch velvet is; but I thought the angled seams on the front that worked so well in Burda’s striped version would be a super fun way to play with the velvet’s nap and how the lurex catches the light.
So yes, I voluntarily chose to make a dress with half a dozen extra seams out of slippery velvet. But.
I do like it, and it is fun. And the way the light reflects off of the different sections is pretty cool.
Honestly I traced and cut this out so long ago I can’t remember anything about the sizing or alterations, and I would have had to size down for the stretch regardless so I don’t know how relevant that info would be. I do know I did an FBA by adding to the seam joins–I can’t remember how much, but I know I did that because, as I was reminded when I finally got around to cutting and installing the facing, it altered the shape of the neckline piece and thus the facing.
It’s supposed to have a zipper, but it’s so stretchy that I basted the back shut to see if I could wear it without, and it worked, so I went zipperless. Obviously this wouldn’t work if you’re using an actual stretch woven.
The facing is a tricot lining for stretch and thinness, in a flesh tone to match the gold of the lurex.
The panel seams I sewed with a walking foot and as much patience as I could muster; side, back and shoulder seams were first basted to check for fit and then serged to minimize bulk and maximize strength.
It’s incredibly comfortable and it did turn out well, and I think the angled seams would work well for any velvet so long as you have the patience for sewing it. I could stand to take this in a bit more but I’m not sure I will. I’ll see how I feel about that after I wear it a few times.
4 thoughts on “Burda 4/2016 Dress 119: Pink Avalanche #2”
This is really gorgeous. I think you have made a great dress. I love the colour and the change from the nap. Really lovely.
Thank you. 🙂
As above. A really lovely dress and a really lovely fabric. I hope you get to enjoy it many times. The only time I sewed velvet was when I was 23. Never heard of a velvet board until a few years ago. Such a novice diving in but my dress worked too ! Hope all is well with your daughter too.
Thank you! I hope I get out to wear it out sometime soon. It’s been a long winter with not much dancing.
She is well. 🙂 Thanks for asking.