I’m not a huge one for trends (no asymmetric hemlines or culottes for me, thanks!) but even I couldn’t help but notice the surge in velvet recently. I’ve been totally inspired by all the amazing stretch velvet Appleton Dresses popping up in my Instagram, and I thought I would try my hand at creating a velvet Upton Dress, my woven fit-and-flare sewing pattern.
I picked a really deep forest green velvet from Mood which is a little hard to see in these photos, but it’s has a really gorgeous glimmer when it catches the light. As it happens, this is exactly the colour velvet I wore to my high school dance! Oh, 90s nostalgia.
I went with the V-neckline on the front and back (there’s also a scoop option for the front and high neckline for the back), which is my personal favourite combo on the Upton (I know you’re not supposed to play favourites, but I can’t help it!). Sewing with velvet is always somewhat challenging, but with hand-basting, pressing on another piece of velvet, and my best pal Wonder Tape, it turned out pretty well.
To glam it up, I lengthened it to a just-past-tea length, and I think with the sweep of the pleated skirt, it has jus the right amount of swoosh. I am considering shortening it by a few more inches, but I’m not sure… what do you think? I’m sure a petticoat underneath would also make it ball-worthy… Now I just need a ball to go to!
I definitely feel tres chic wearing it, and I think it’ll be my dress for my family’s visit to a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, just after Christmas. I haven’t quite figured out what jewelry to wear with it yet, but as it’s a statement dress in itself, I think it even looks pretty great on its own.
Where do you stand on the velvet trend? Are you a big fan or running rapidly in the other direction? I’m not sure I’m keen on “day velvet” yet, but for the evening, I’m sold!