Crushed Velvet Dress – An 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.

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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.

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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

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


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 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.

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Step One: Cutting the fabric

The fabric must be laid on a flat surface and let it rest overnight.  Fold the fabric on the grain line and cut the pieces one at a time.  Apply fusible tricot interfacing to the sleeves and hem.  Mark the center of the back and the front of the dress.  You will need this to make the pleats latter.crushed velvet dress

Step Two: Sewing the shoulder seamscrushed velvet dress

Wrong sides together, pin the shoulders and sew at 3/8″.   Serge or use a zigzag stitch.

Step Three:  Sewin the sides

Pin the sides, start to sew from the bottom to the sleeves.  crushed velvet dressSerge or zigzag the sides.

Step Four: Making the pleats

There are two pleats one in the front and one in the back of the dress.  Find the center of the dress and fold to the right 1 1/2″ from the center. Fold another 1 1/2″ to the left and pin in place.  Zigzag the edges of the neckline to set the pleats.

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Step Five: Making the neckline with a sash

Cut a bias strip 54 to 60″ in length and 3 1/2″ wide.  Fold the strip right sides together and sew at 3/8″.crushed velvet dressUse a loop turner to turn the sash inside out.  Find the middle of the sash and pin it to the middle of back of the dress.  crushed velvet dressPin one side from the back to the front, stopping at the center of the front pleat.  Then pin the other side from the back to the front stopping at center of the pleat.  Sew the sash at 3/8″.  crushed velvet dresscrushed velvet dressTop stitch the sash so it will look like a stand-up collar. crushed velvet dress

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Step Six: Hemming the crushed velvet dress

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″.crushed velvet dressStitch using a small zigzag or a straight stitch.  Test on a piece of fabric to see what look suits you best.

Dressing up in autumn is always fun.  The days are warm and cooler nights mean we can be a little more creative with our clothing by dressing in layers.  Be sure to stay tuned for our next style of autumn dresses.


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32 Responses to Crushed Velvet Dress – An Easy Project For Your Fall Wardrobe

  1. Kimberly Pratt says:

    Would it work for fabric that is 44″ wide? Thank you :o)

  2. B. Lee Hall says:

    Is there a guide on yardage needed (like, size 6-8=1 yd, 10-12=1.5 yds)? It only states it’s 1-2 yds, depending on size…help!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Te variations are too many it would take me literally 4 hours to come up with all the amount for the sizes. Print the size you need and lay it over a table and work out the amount you need.

    • B. Lee Hall says:

      Got it! Thank you – it’s a beautiful dress.

  3. Tea Roberson says:

    Love your Crushed Velvet dress. It does give a lot of possibilities.

  4. Diana W Willoughby-McCabe says:

    I love the dress pattern for myself, would like to know does this pattern come in girls sizes for ages 8, 10, 11 years old ?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      NO sorry Diana, I have very few girls patterns, but I am about to change that with my new pattern making classes on YouTube.

  5. Jeni says:

    Love it! Thanks so much for sharing this!

  6. Demetria says:

    Would I be able to use this pattern with 50% stretch knit fabric instead of crushed velvet fabric?

  7. Blanca says:

    Gracias por compartir un patrón gratis y sobre todo fácil de hacer y mucho más fácil como.lo.muestras gracias

  8. Chrissie M says:

    Can’t wait to make this. Will make one for each of my nieces too. Thanks for your kindness and merry christmas.

  9. Alex says:

    I just want to say thank you for sharing a free pattern!! Some people forget their manners sometimes. Your instructions are easy enough for me to follow and I’m certainly no expert. Thanks

  10. Bernice says:

    Hi there,

    I am excited to make this dress. I am a beginner so hopefully it won’t be too difficult for me. I just have one question. I want to lengthen this pattern so that it sits just below my knee. I have been researching how to do this and evidently some patterns have a line to use as a guide for lengthening and shortening. Where should I add in this line to this pattern?



    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Bernice, you can lengthen the dress below the hips. Make a horizontal line and cut the pattern on this line. Tape the top part to a big sheet of paper, separate the pattern by the amount you want to lengthen it. Tape the lower part and retrace the sides. If you need an example on how to do this follow the steps on this top. Lengthening and shortening are done always the same way.

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  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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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  18. 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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