Crushed velvet dress – easy project for your fall wardrobe

crushed velvet dressA crushed velvet dress is all the rage this fall.  This style usually means dressing in layers.  Stockings, light coats, long vests, short dresses worn as tops –the possibilities are endless.  The short dress for autumn is an essential piece of clothing that can take us from morning to night time.  It is easy to add to if the temperature drops and easy to wear during the warm hours of the day.

crushed velvet dress

Autumn and spring really is when northern and southern hemispheres actually have similar temperatures, so this design should work for everyone.  This particular dress is one of my favorites because of the flexibility that it provides –worn with high boots, stockings and ankle boots, over skinny jeans, leggings or just a scarf.  It is the perfect piece of clothing for your wardrobe.  Layer it any way you want and you’ll have a super outfit.

crushed velvet dress

This dress is incredibly easy to make.  I hope it will make a great addition to your fall or spring wardrobe.

Key Features:

  • Easy to make
  • Can be worn as a top or mini dress
  • Comfortable yet elegant style
  • Stand up bow collar
  • Ideal for woman with small shoulders and wide hips

crushed velvet dress

Materials:

  • Crushed Velvet or Panne Velour, 60″ wide, 1-2 yards depending on size
  • Soft satin fabric (silk or polyester), 1 yard
  • Fusible tricot interfacing

Tools

About Crushed Velvet

Crushed velvet or sometimes known as crushed panne velour is one of 16 types of velvet.  Normally made out of polyester, it is possible to find velvet made from silk if your budget allows.  Velvet is a type of tufted woven fabric with evenly distributed cut threads giving the fabric a dense short pile and a luxurious and distinctive feel.  The fabric is actually woven as two layers which are then cut apart thus creating the pile.  This is a pretty complex and expensive process, or at least it used to be, so this type of fabric used to be reserved only for royalty.  It’s only been the the invention of polyester and the development of modern manufacturing techniques that this type of fabric is now affordable to almost everyone.

Notoriously difficult to handle, but certainly worth the effort, it is imperative to find the grain of the velvet and cut all pieces strictly on it.  Use a ball point needle when sewing.  If you do not have a serger, use a small zigzag when hemming if you want to preserve the stretchability of the fabric.  However, in this pattern a plain stitch is also possible.

Recommended Fabrics

Finished Garment Sizes

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Pattern Layout

crushed velvet dress

See next page for pattern download and further instructions.

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14 Responses to Crushed velvet dress – easy project for your fall wardrobe

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  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    hope you dont mind my using this space to ask a general question I have a lovely piece of (i guess its) Stretch velvet and my daughter wants a straight, spaghetti strap minidress Im just not sure which way to cut it out I guess this needs to be made on the bias Thanks I apreciate any assistance

    Carrie R

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Not a t all Carrie, happy to help you. because it is stretch velvet it does not need to be cut on a bias. Do mind the nap, run your hand through the pile and see what way it becomes darker and lighter, make sure the nap pile runs lighter to the hem. any other question do not hesitate to contact me via email mayra@so-sew-easy.com

  3. Cindy says:

    Your directions say, “Apply fusible tricot interfacing to the sleeves and hem”. ?? These directions are vague. You state this is an easy project yet your directions are not descriptive. Do I apply the tricot and hem the sleeve or do I apply the tricot to the sleeve and the hem? How do I apply the tricot? In strips? If so, how thick? You have not provided a picture for this step. Now I have a few hours of research on tricot and it applications to do before I can work on the dress. Frustrating.

    • Cindy says:

      I just realized there is a picture. I thought that picture was the shoulders sewn together. I still would have liked clearer directions.

      • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

        Hi Cindy, thanks for the back, what part you found difficult to understand? I am still learning how to write tutorials, english is not my first language and tend to assume people know what I am talking about. I try very hard to make it as clear as possible, so I would really love to know where the instruction were not good, let me know. Kind Regards, Mayra

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      (Apply fusible tricot interfacing to the hem. Cut a strip of interfacing long enough to go around the hem and 1″ wide. Using an iron on nylon setting to fuse it to the hem. Fold the hem 1/2″) I would love your help on how to make the instructions clearer. How would you write this instructions better? Kind Regards, Mayra

  4. Paula Blevins-Russell says:

    I love t dress and have already downloaded the pattern. However, I do not see a chart telling me how much fabric to purchase. Help.

  5. Kimberly says:

    Could I extend the sleeve to a little past the elbow or even to the wrist maybe a bell sleeve? How would I do this?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Yes of course Kimberly, just make sure the stretch of the fabric is horizontally and the fabric drapes well. Do not use a bulky fabric.

  6. Sherry S says:

    Gorgeous! You are making my wardrobe planning for fall so sew easy! Thanks again for another great pattern and tutorial!

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  8. bcwestblog says:

    I will definitely make this pattern.Thank you so much for your generosity.I have some black cotton velvet in my stash from years ago. Also thank you for making it available to all the sizes you have. I love the ribbon and the tuck in the back.

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