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lilac velvet block dress

Added Mar 7, 2013

by pampula

Helsinki, Finland






This fabric was a find from a discount section of a fabric shop. I thought it was wonderful and bought it immediately, despite the fact that the piece was quite small. At home I tried to figure out what I could make from it, but all my plans would have needed more fabric. I ended up making a pattern for a sleeveless vest dress, but even that wouldn’t work. I had already decided that I wanted to make some seams in the middle of the pieces as an effect and thought I could cut the different blocks different way among each other so that I could fit the pattern pieces on the fabric. The differently way cut pieces reflect the light differently creating different “color” areas. I was very inspired of my idea and loved making this dress. I like it because it’s simple but the blocks give the dress an interesting twist. I sew the hems by hand for more finished look and I’m happy that I took the effort. The blouse shirt is an earlier project. I have also made the yellow knitted bow.

Material Notes

lilac stretchy velvet, bias tape




Garment Type

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    Mar 12, 2013, 11.43 AMby alekat

    Such a clever use of a small amount of fabric. when i first saw the images i wondered if you had changed the direction of the fabric on purpose because it works so well! Clever clever clever!

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      Mar 12, 2013, 04.14 PMby pampula

      Thank you alekat! I cut the pieces different way on purpose, but got the idea accidentally. Sometimes you get the best ideas in bad situations.

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    Mar 11, 2013, 09.15 AMby strickmeise

    it’s gorgeous!

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    Mar 11, 2013, 08.17 AMby Mary Athey

    You did a smashing job on this and its lovely on you x

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