silver screen bolero
Added Sep 6, 2010
this vintage velvet is a fabric i’ve had and adored for a long time. when my grandmother died, my mum and i got all her sewing and craft things as we’re the only females on that side of the family. this rich royal blue velvet was one of the pieces she had. i have no idea how old it is, but it has to be at least a few decades old, because i’ve had it since 1997 and my grandma was not well for a lot of years before then. the velvet has an amazing feel, it has a long pile, rich colour, and is exquisitely soft. because it is such a fancy fabric, and because it was a few pieces rather than a whole, it took me a long time to have the confidence in my abilities, and then to find a suitable pattern.
the pattern is from the 1930s and very delicate – i had to retrace the pattern pieces in order to use it – and can be found here: http://vintagepatterns.wikia.com/wiki/Hollywood_1336 i made view 5. it was surprisingly easy to make, taking under a week. i had to hand sew the facings in which took a while to make it neat, but was not too difficult. handling the velvet was a bit hard because the fabric can slip, but wasn’t as scary as i thought it might be.
i also made a practice version first in calico which i like so much that i’m planning to dye it and have it in my wardrobe to wear. this velvet one will be reserved for special occasions, though.
the fabric isn’t quite as shiny as it looks in the photos, but velvet isn’t the easiest thing to photograph.