Saturday, January 2, 2016
Sewing Velveteen (aka Belated Christmas/New Year's Dress)!
Insert an invisible zipper when using velveteen, I used a regular zipper at first and it looked terrible so that was ripped out and replaced. Funny enough the Vogue pattern I used to sew my 3 year old's velveteen dress didn't call for an invisible zipper either and it was drafted with velvet in mind- go figure. But believe me when I say a normal zipper will not look good.
Accept that it will not be perfect, I can get a little crazy about wanting accurate, even seam allowances and absolutely no puckers anywhere but I found it ok to have some spots that were less than perfect by meditating on something a seamstress once told me. As I was contemplating fabric choices and the various as-sundry little details of a project for one of my daughters, in talking it over with a sewist at the fabric store she said to me "well I always gave people this advice when I worked at a sewing store that taught classes on smocking children's dresses- can you tell the difference on a galloping horse?" She went on to explain that putting a garment on a child is like putting something on a galloping horse and you probably aren't going to be able to tell the difference in whatever discrepancy your worrying about when its riding past you on a galloping horse. That piece of advice helped me just move on when a seam puckered a bit or a seam allowance didn't look perfectly even. Good advice. Sage sewing advice. Advice for a Momma to live by!
A few parting details about this dress, my daughter is 7 years old and tall, so I sewed a size 7 dress with size 8 length added. Its Simplicity 1174. The pattern is great and I highly recommend it. I fully lined the dress but lining pieces aren't included in the pattern. The bottom portion of the dress is satin from Hancocks fabrics. The velveteen was from a local quilt shop. This dress would be a breeze to sew in a nice well behaved cotton. If you've read this far, thank you for indulging me in my velveteen rant! Its a beautiful fabric, no doubt, and it will definitely push you out of your sewing comfort zone!