The “Celebration” Dress
Fabric: 2 metres of red velvet from a curtain ¬£8 from a charity shop
Pattern: Butterick 8131 from the Sew Weekly Sewing Circle pattern swap
Notions: red zipper ¬£1 and white ribbon for neckline and bow ¬£0.50
Time to complete: 10 hours
Wear again? yes!
Total Cost: ~¬£9.50
2 continents, 50 weeks, 55 sewn items, 33 different types of fabric and countless numbers of fabulous friends! I feel like I’ve just won the Amazing Race! Woot! Woot! Wow!!! I can’t belive I actually made it through a whole year of sewing weekly!!! I’m absolutely delighted.
It hasn’t always been a smooth ride. In fact, nearly the entire time I felt like I was just barely hanging in there! I missed two weeks, had one UFO (well actually three but I finished the other two), moved house twice, lost someone in our family, almost got laid off, then had my job, then almost got laid off again (now I’m good), worked one, two and even three jobs at a time and met-up with 60 other sewists during the course of the year…..like Sarah has already mentioned, The Sew Weekly has been one of the few constants in my life.
You see, The Sew Weekly has been more for me than just contributing to the blog every week. It’s been a community of wonderful ladies that are so supportive and wonderful. Seriously, you all have carried me through ups and downs and this celebratory post is for you. Thank you so much–it’s been so much fun to share our weekly projects, cheer each other on, meet in person (wasn’t London and NYC a blast???), and share our love for sewing. I look forward to actively participating in the Sewing Circle next year and cheering on the new contributors to the blog!!
I’m really excited that I got to work with the pattern that Trish sent me. It’s such a lovely pattern and was a dream to sew up. It only took so long because I was working with velvet. I took the advice of several commenters on my Scarlett O’Hara dress and ended up pressing the velvet on top of another piece of velvet and it worked like a charm. Thank you!
The dress has three panels in the front and three in the back. The sleeves are cut in one with the dress so it’s really quick to sew up. I ended up using the same velvet curtain that I used for the ruffle collar and cuffs in the outfit from last week’s challenge. I absolutely adore this fabric. It feels like a cotton velvet but it is fairly lightweight and a dream to sew with. The lining of the curtain is actually fused to the velvet–so it acts as a underlining of sorts. I changed my needle to a size 11 to work with this fabric and found that was perfect.
This dress has lots of hand sewing… I hand picked the zipper and also hand basted the white bow trim before sewing it on. The part that took the longest on this dress was the hem! You see, my hem helper (David) was working and wasn’t able to help me hem it. So it required loads of fitting and adjusting of the hem, not to mention that pressing velvet is a slow process. Since the fabric is a bit thicker and the dress is quite full, I ended up hand basting gathering stitches on the hem. Then I drew those up and sewed seam binding over the edge before hand hemming the dress. I think the hem alone took about 3 hours!