Added Dec 13, 2013
Mod indie-goth meets vintage italian velvet. When it comes to a large corporate Christmas party I’m always game for pushing the envelope. I wanted something hardcore with a soft touch, goth but not depressing, flattering but jarring.
I’m no pattern drafter, I’m a frankenstein sewer. I used a basic long sleeve tshirt pattern with a low neckline and a simple six panelled skirt, attached by a separate covered elastic waist band. Essentially, it’s a 2" wide elastic sewn flush to a 3" wide band of the velvet fabric. Then you sew the skirt and bodice to the top and bottom of the elastic (right sides of the velvet together with a zigzag stitch for added stretch) leaving approximately a 1/4" seam allowance. Ideally if you own a serger you can run it through slightly stretching it without cutting the elastic edges.
Voila, a slit up to there, an open back, some clunker shoes and you’re good to go.
Italian stretch velvet with a tone on tone floral. This one has been washed and acquired a slight crushed texture as well.
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