Most. Difficult. Fabric. Ever.

Silk velvet.

Slippery as you’d expect of silk.

Curls like a knit.

A nap that fights back.

So, a simple pattern? Erh no!

Muslin/toile first? Who me?

Read pattern reviews first? nope.

This dress is not a winner……


Every seam on this little baby has been unpicked at least once. The waist seam, three times. Its been pinned, basted, pinned again.

The drape pockets! Really? needed a fine flowy fabric. The silk velvet is flowy but not very fine.

The pattern is Vogue 1287 DKNY, described as a:

Pullover dress has very loose-fitting, mock wrap, front pleated bodice extending into back collar/cap sleeves, front band, slightly blouson back bodice with casing/elastic, side front pockets/bands on skirt, and stitched hem. Bias slip (close-fitting through bust) has bias shoulder straps, bias self binding finishing neckline/underarm, and very narrow hem.

Suitable for: Stretch Silk Crepe, Stretch Charmeuse, Lightweight Jersey.

mmm no silk velvet mentioned there. What was I thinking?


The pattern would probably work in a different fabric…….


The fabric would probably work with a different pattern…….wpid-wp-1433739075873.jpeg

To top it all off, on it’s first outing, the rain bucketted down (Sydney, not Canberra), see the rain marks on this most. difficult . fabric. ever.

If anyone has any re-fashioning suggestions….. please send them my way. Even if it is the most. difficult. fabric. ever. I do really like it. It should probably have been a Gabriola skirt. That’s what I originally bought the fabric for.

Live and learn I guess, or maybe that is just ‘live’……ce la vie……




13 thoughts on “Most. Difficult. Fabric. Ever.

  1. Such a shame that this dress did not work out as you had planned. You have obviously put a lot of work into it and the fabric is truly gorgeous. I haven’t got any great refashioning ideas for you but I hope you work something out as the fabric is definitely worth saving.

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  2. Oh so sorry. I agree with your assessment that this is not the right pattern for this Lucsious fabric. 😞
    Can you make it into a skirt and eliminate the pleating in the front? Maybe the top part could be made into a wrap. Just too. much. fabric.
    I’m going with “lessons learned the hard way”. It’s not waisted time. You now have a great knowledge of how silk velvet works. I’ve never seen it at a fabruc store. Where did you get it? I am keen to make a dinner jacket out of it.


    • thanks Meg, more good suggestions. I had been on the hunt for silk velevet for a while. I finally found this at The Fabric Store in Melbourne. This was after many false starts with velour and velveteen and a cotton velvet ( that one was lovely, but it’s not silk).


  3. hmmmm….Okay, when bloggers ask opinions on garments, I try to be honest and helpful. And as I scrolled down through your post, I thought the dress looked quite lovely! I do think the hem is a weak point in this garment….and I thought the spots were just the light. The spots will come out though, yes? I wonder if you google couture technique for hemming silks and velvets? I agree with Patijean’s assessment how the pattern is almost at odds with the recommended fabrics. I wonder if making the hemline more structured with horsehair trim would balance things out? You could pin it on before deciding.


  4. I think the pegged hem is the biggest problem in this dress. The skirt is drapey at hip, but structured and narrow at the knee–only 39.5″ at the knee for a size 14, which goes against the very nature of drapey fabric, and walking. I would suggest that you determine where you would start to interfere with the draping and shorten the skirt to that point to turn the dress into a long tunic and wear the dress with, say, black tights and shoes.


  5. Oh what a pity! That fabric is all sorts gorgeousness and what a colour!.I’m afraid I have no real pattern suggestions but could you salvage all the work in the bodice by converting it to a blouse?


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