Hey Everyone!!! My latest sewing make was a red velvet dress for my daughter using Simplicity 8025. I really like to dress her in long sleeve dresses when the weather is cool and we are going to church. However, it can be hard to find nice long sleeve dresses available to purchase at stores. I see a lot of cute winter short sleeve dresses that are dressy, but most of the long-sleeve dresses for girls are more casual. So I decided to sew some long-sleeve dresses for her.
Ever since the beginning of fall I’ve been wanting to sew something using velvet fabric. However, I really couldn’t think of anything to make for myself using a velvet fabric. But, I thought a velvet dress for my daughter would be really cute. Especially to wear around the holidays.
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We found a really cute red velvet fabric with silver pin dots from Jo-Ann. Then I got to work on making view C of Simplicity 8025.
I found this dress fairly easy to make. I only had one issue when making this dress. I didn’t shorten the zipper before I sewed it into the dress. So when I shorten the zipper it turned out a bit wonky at the end of the seam where the zipper stopped. If the fabric had not been velvet I would have just taken the zipper out and re-sewn it back into the dress. But since I was sewing with velvet I didn’t want to risk ripping the fabric by using a seam ripper to take the zipper out. Overall it’s not a huge problem and it’s not too noticeable a flaw in the dress.
I think this dress would be a great project for a beginner. It takes a little more skill than a basic dress since it involves inserting an invisible zipper. However, the more you practice sewing in zippers the more comfortable you will get with sewing them. Craftsy has a really great FREE zipper class called Mastering Zipper Techniques with Sunni Standing. This class shows you how to insert a standard zipper and an invisible zipper. Plus, it gives you lots of great tips about working with zippers.