Mommy and Me Velvet Christmas Dresses

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Mommy and Me Christmas Blog Tour | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

This post is a part of the Mommy and Me Christmas Blog Tour hosted by Lori Bowers from Seams Sew Lo. More details about the other great blogs on the tour, our sponsors and a GIVEAWAY are at the end of the post.  

My daughter has a burgundy velvet dress that she got second-hand from a family friend. She loves it. All summer long she insisted on wearing that long-sleeved, midi-length velvet dress. Some days she would be sweating so much in it that I wondered if it was safe! But she loved the softness of the stretch velvet, both inside and out.

Knowing that her velvet dress was a favorite, I decided that for Christmas this year (when it was seasonally appropriate), I would make her another velvet dress. I found a lovely emerald-green stretch velvet (currently sold out, but this is it in another color) from LA Finch Fabrics and I bought enough to make a dress for her and a matching one for me. While our dresses aren’t made from the same pattern, the matching fabric ties them together and the simple silhouettes complement each other nicely.

My Velvet Dress

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My dress is the newly released Wiggle Dress by Patterns for Pirates. It’s a form-fitting dress that comes with many length and sleeve options. For my winter version, I selected long sleeves and midi length. It’s a dramatic and glamorous silhouette which works perfectly with the glitzy emerald velvet. I love the way it fits and how quick it is to make. It was almost as quick to sew as a plain tee shirt!

Changes and Modifications

I made just a few alterations to the pattern to get the dress just right.

Fit and Sizing Adjustments

I sewed a size XS with the waist graded out to a size S. After I tried it on, I decided to take in the hips a tiny bit. I didn’t make any overall length adjustments (even though I’m only 5’ 4”), but I did shorten the sleeves by about 1.5”.

Pattern Modifications

The only pattern modification I made was to I change the back walking vent to a simple slit opening. With the bulkiness of the velvet, I was concerned that the back vent as drafted would be too heavy visually. I made a simple in-seam slit and folded and topstitched the seam allowances to make walking in the dress easier.

My Daughter’s Velvet Dress

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For my daughter, I selected the Sahara Dress for Girls from Bella Sunshine Designs. You may remember when I tested the Women’s version in tunic length back in October (full post here). I knew my daughter would love the twirly circle skirt and how the scoop back neckline makes her looks like a ballerina. The velvet skirt hangs beautifully and has incredible dimension.

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Changes and Modifications

The changes I made to my daughter’s dress were also fairly limited.

Fit and Sizing Adjustments

I sewed a size 2 and lengthened it to match the finished length of a size 3. I love how the skirt falls just above my daughter’s knee. It keeps the circle skirt from looking too heavy on her tiny frame.

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Pattern Modifications

The first change I made to the pattern was to eliminate the lining. I chose to omit the lining because the velvet is so thick. I didn’t want to add another layer underneath.

Without the lining, I needed a new way to finish the neckline. I chose to apply elastic to the neckline using the same method as I did on my Wiggle Dress. I used 3/8” elastic cut to 90% of the finished neckline length. It ended up not laying perfectly smooth (there’s a little bunching), but it didn’t bother me enough redo it. Sometimes it’s okay to not make everything perfect…or at least that’s what I’ve been trying to remind myself!

Finally, I added clear elastic to the waistline to stabilize the heavy velvet.

Velvet Dresses All Season Long

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We both love our dresses. We plan on wearing them all season long—to church, to my daughter’s preschool holiday program, and to see Santa. My daughter even wore hers to bed last night! And while I usually choose to change out of mine for bed, I love that we get to wear our special dresses together so often. It makes this season extra bright for me.

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Happy sewing and Happy Holidays!

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11 comments

  1. I really love these dresses! Everyone knows velvet is trendy this year, but the color too..great fabric choices and great dresses. BTW…your daughter is adorable and I just love that photo at the piano. 🙂

  2. That picture of her twirling is the best! I’m sure she must of been so excited to get another velvet dress, and to be able to match too! I love how both dresses look.

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