Amnesty Month: Velvet Skirt

A while back, I bought some velvet. I FINALLY got around to working with it!

I’m putting this as my amnesty post for New Year= New Skill as I’ve been meaning to try velvet for ages!

I read up on velvet from a few sources and they all made it sound so hard. But it wasn’t. So there.

I put a lot more about my velvet sewing experience on my blog here.

Here you can see the cotton facing I used and the lapped waistband closure.

Everyone also said velvet is really hard to sew, and that you’ll definitely need a walking foot and hand-basting etc. I didn’t do those things and it worked fine, so I guess I bought magical velvet? However, it IS a very simple garment. I guess the tricky factors come into play a lot more on more complicated garments.

When cutting, I made sure to line up the pattern pieces facing the same way so the nap fell in the same direction on the front and the back. Speaking of nap, did you know that whether the nap runs up or down affects the way the velvet looks? With the nap running upwards it looks richer and less reflective. But sadly, you can’t stroke down your skirt because the nap is rough that way 😦

Yes, I am on the fence about this skirt. I think maybe I should have shortened it, so it’s less overwhelming. I also wonder if I look like a wannabe elf or medieval maiden, not my preferred style. Haha!

Falling asleep here.

How great would a structured blazer look instead of a slouchy cardigan? It’s on my “one-day” list…

(Such a weird expression here, clearly still sleepy, hee hee!)

You can see more on my blog. 🙂

13 thoughts on “Amnesty Month: Velvet Skirt

  1. I think the whole thing looks great, length included. I used to work in an upholstery shop and sewed velvets often. Take lots of care pressing because you can actually iron the nap to go the wrong way on a velvet. Awesome trick if you cut or apply something upside down. Terrible oops if you iron a strip in the middle of your skirt the wrong way!

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  2. I’ve just sewn a velvet jacket (Also blue 🙂 but not blogged about yet) which was a lot more complicated than your skirt, and I didn’t find it all that hard either. I didn’t use a walking foot, I just held the pieces together firmly both in front and behind the foot/needle as it fed through. It only just worked on the curved seams, to get them to feed through evenly. If the curves had been more rounded I think I’d have needed to crack out the walking foot. But really, it was fine.

    I think the hardest part was making sure every piece had the nap going the same way!

    Your skirt is gorgeous! I don’t think you look overdone or like a wannabe (or even sleepy!) elf. It actually looks like it could be dressed up or down really easily and could be a versatile part of your wardrobe 🙂

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  3. I LOVE that skirt, and I’m not a ‘velvety’ person, I also think it looks great with your cardigan, (what pattern have you used for the cardigan please), Its a very stylish outfit, well done

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