So here’s the story of how this green velvet dress came to be. Over the last few months my weight has skyrocketed (thanks to birth control)! I literally packed 2 suitcases full of clothes to donate since apparently nothing in my closet fits anymore. I knew I was traveling back home for Christmas and the thought of not having an appropriate Christmas dress was driving me insane. Now I made a total of ten sewing gifts for my family so obviously I didn’t have much time to fool around making myself a whole new vacation wardrobe. So if I had to pick one item to scramble up, of course it would be my Christmas dress. I really didn’t have time to go hunting for a pattern and since I had recently made my little red dress for #thelittlereddressproject, I decided I would grab that same pattern McCalls M7569 and do some pattern hacking. Let’s just say I have no regrets!
I had this green velvet in my stash for a few months. To be honest, I’m not even sure why I bought it. I think it was a spur of the moment kinda clueless purchase but thank goodness I had it on hand! It was so perfect for Christmas! The quality of this Telio velvet is insane. I mean it is thick and delicious. It is easily the heaviest velvet I’ve ever felt. Cutting was a piece of cake, it pretty much stuck to itself and didn’t slide around at all. I had to peel the pieces apart after cutting, which for some reason was rather satisfying. It has a really nice sheen that changes colour at different angles.
Since I had just made this pattern about two weeks before, I already had my size cut out and it was easy breezy! I made size 14. I omitted the sleeve flounces which meant my pattern only needed front, back, sleeves, skirt, and I made a tie belt which was a basic rectangle. Mine was unlined which meant I could whip it up in a few hours. The one hack I made was to change the skirt from a pencil skirt to an A-line skirt since my dress would be worn to church and I wasn’t comfortable showing off all my rolls in a body con dress. Of course I hopped on google and you-tube for a little assistance and so I decided to use the slash and spread method which was incredibly easy and simple.
So there you have it! I whipped up a Christmas dress in a few hours and I got so many compliments! Everyone thought it was store bought and I could not feel more proud. It’s amazing how everything works out so well when you least expect it. I had both the pattern and fabric on hand! I have zero complaints about this dress. It came together like a dream and I will be wearing it over and over again.
Did you guys manage to diy a Christmas dress this year? Let me know in the comments below!
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