I’ll have a slice…oh well..let’s make it two!

I imagine that by now you’ve probably seen a few versions of StephC‘s lovely new pattern, Red Velvet. Well you can count yourself lucky, here’s another! I was fortunate enough to be a tester for Red Velvet and absolutely enjoyed the experience. It was easy enough to put together in an evening yet the suggested techniques offered the right amount of challenge. The perfect project for this lady who has been on a bit of a sewing hiatus. So I warn you, this post is a bit picture heavy…take a seat…get a cuppa…stay a bit.

Red Velvet Dress Keeping tabs on the sleeping baby

Over the summer I went on a knit fabric buying binge with the intent of sewing cardis for the spring. A pretty spotty one made its way into my Girl Charlee virtual basket. When it arrived I realized that it was pretty slinky. Luckily the spotty spandex nylon wasn’t forgotten in my stash. After putting together the PDF (the tiles all lined up and came together effortlessly) I stood looking at it for a bit and instantly thought, “Polka!”

Red Velvet Dress

I thought I was going to have a bear of a time getting the tension correct on my machine but I didn’t. A ballpoint needle and a few adjustments on the machine was all I needed to get things rolling. I followed the instructions except for applying the fusible tape to the neckline. Darn it! I forgot (twice! I forgot on my muslin as well). And unfortunately it shows. My neckline doesn’t lay flat.

Red Velvet Dress

But you know what does? My fabulous hem! I can count on my hand how few times I get a wrinkle-free, crisp hem. Using the fusible tape helped immensely when sewing up the hem. I’m a convert now and am looking to stock up on it. So yeah, buy it, you won’t regret it!

Red Velvet Dress The 4-way stretch in the fabric offers a wonderful drape, adding a lot of swish to hip movements. Sexy. The modifications I made to the dress were pretty minimal since you’re able to customize the pattern. I added an inch to the sleeve width; shortened midriff pieces by 1.5 inches. And added 2 inches to bodice.

Red Velvet Dress

I did a no-no and used a completely different fabric for my muslin: a stable cotton mix jersey that I got at a charity shop in my old neighborhood. Nothing close to how the spandex nylon would behave. But you know what, I’m a rebel. But really I just wanted to get an idea of how construction would go more than fit. So after spending an hour or so trying to lay it flat I knew why its previous owner had abandoned it. But no worries, I showed it who was boss.

Red Velvet DressHow do the hairs look? My husband trimmed them for me.

You might be thinking this slice of cake looks different. If so you are correct. I forgot to attach the midriff pieces. D’oh! Happy mistake, I say. Not only does the fabric make it feel like a different dress but now, so does the fit.

Red Velvet Dress

There you have it: two slices of cake from one pattern. I’m happy. Consider me a Sewing Cake fan. The other Sewing Cake patterns I own just went up my queue. If you’re curious about more of my stats on this dress check them out here.

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62 thoughts on “I’ll have a slice…oh well..let’s make it two!

  1. Oh yay! I love both your versions, and I totally want to make a version without the midriff now too. It’s like a empire minidress, goes great with leggings. 🙂

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  2. These look gorgeous on you! I’m loving the pleats on the skirt of this pattern. I just sewed up two knit dresses (Diane Von Furstenberg from the 1970s) and the one I made with the four way stretch fabric, as you say here, sewed up so nicely and had such a nice swish! Whereas the other fabric I used, a cotton knit, was a nightmare. You can see here if you like http://gjeometry.com/2013/10/01/that-70s-dress-diane-von-furstenberg/, maybe you have some recommendations on how to sew with these fabrics, as I’m a knit fabric sewing newbie. Love your polka dot fabric, very pretty!

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    • hehehe Gjeo, you MUST give yourself a little more credit! Those dresses are just divine, it looks like you’re pretty handy with the knits. 😉 And it seems to me you have that whole “pattern + fabric marriage” thing down pat.

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    • Man my cotton knit was a nightmare too. On my Janome I had to lower the pressure foot down to 1 and put the thread tension at 4. I used a zig-zag stitch that was wide-ish. I also used a ball-point needle.

      I hope it works out!

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  3. Melizza!!! You didn’t mention the empire dress, this looks great, what a cute variation!! Thanks so much for Musing, I so much enjoyed emailing and I know that sewing/blogging time is scarce with a small person around. I really appreciate it! 🙂

    Now *I* want a version without the midriff! Look what you did! Hehe.

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  4. These dresses are great! I am loving this pattern. It seems to look great on everyone who has made it. Your fabric choices are lovely. I’m a sucker for polka dots, so that one is my favorite. 🙂

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    • Me too! I was genuinely excited to sew. Before I would try to sew because I thought that’s what I should have been doing with my free time so I started to dread it. But something clicked and I felt refreshed and excited to be at it again.

      I think Gertie just posted a blog post on a source that offers an array of fusible tape.

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  5. Great job with the polka dot dress. It’s a perfect pattern-fabric pairing! Also, I would never have guessed there was any stretch in that fabric. It has the formality/elegance of a woven.

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  6. I love both of these! And I’ve got to tell you, I’m very glad to hear I’m not the only person who does things like forgetting to attach an entire piece, LOL!

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