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Crushing on Velvet

Every holiday I stand in my closet and look for something that is both dressy and comfortable and this year I’m going to have some lovelies to choose from!  We usually do quite a bit of entertaining at our place this time of year and with that, quite a bit of cooking so comfort is key. But as hostess, I want to look festive and feel pretty.

You’re probably thinking “I love velvet, it’s luxurious, soft, glamorous but hard to sew, right?”  Wrong. This crushed velvet is an easy first step into sewing your first velvet garment because this isn’t actually velvet, it’s stretch velour which for sewing and I would argue, wearing, is even better.  I have some tips here that will have you crushing on this fabric.

I’m Diane, designer at Blue Dot Patterns, and I’m pretty excited to be a guest blogger today for Cali Fabrics and couldn’t resist appeasing my velvet fix with their gorgeous collection of crushed velvets.  There are several rich colors of this fabric on the Cali Fabrics website and I couldn’t choose just one so in true “fabricaholic” form I went ahead and picked two! I chose the romantic dusty light blue and elegant wine color for my holiday makes (you can check out more colors here).

I took out my tried and true Blue Dot Patterns Georgia Top (of all my patterns I’ve made this the most) to make a dusty blue luxurious (and very quick) sweatshirt.  I made it straight out of the package minus the topstitching and it was quick and simple because this pattern doesn’t have any hems. I cut and sewed this in under two hours! I will probably wear this on Thanksgiving as it’s comfortable, washable (key when cooking, right?) and I’m pretty sure everyone will want to hug me.

For my next make I used the wine crushed velvet to sew up Simplicity’s fall release 8982.  I bought this pattern as soon as it came out because of View C. The sleeves are divine! This top is almost as simple as the Georgia Top but adds set-in sleeves, gathers at the cuffs and a hem. Still, nothing difficult here and with the stretch velvet, the sleeves slid in like a dream and I used a twin needle for the hem.  This top is just as comfortable and very easy to dress up. It looks good with black jeans but also would be great with a skirt and heels. Hopefully someone will invite me to a New Year’s party (wink,wink) because I’ll be ready with this top, black pants and sparkly earrings.


Now here are some tips that’ll help you overcome your fears and help you fill your closet with stretch velvet:

Thank you Cali Fabrics for the opportunity to sew with these lovely fabrics.

Sewing friends, enjoy 20% off the Georgia Top PDF Pattern on the Blue Dot Patterns website for the month of November!  Use code: CALIFAB. 

I wish you well in your holiday sewing and festivities.  I know you’ll look great in your velvet!​

Happy sewing,
Blue Dot Patterns

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