Well, well, well! Another month, another make for the Minerva Blogger Network! I think one of the best things about being involved in the network is the opportunity to try out different types of fabrics that I wouldn't normally go for. This time round, I opted for some Tie Dye Velour, which is ironic really because two of my least favourite decades in the fashion stakes are the 70s and the 90s! Nonetheless, I quite like this dress.
I used my Sewaholic Renfrew Top pattern as a basis for this make, shortening the bodice pieces to hit at my waist and tapering them in for a close fit. I then drafted rectangular skirt pieces, opting for a shorter length to stop the dress from looking frumpy. I used elastic to gather my skirt panels, with the help of a great tutorial from Anna at Paunnet. Mine didn't come out as evenly gathered as I wanted, but with a bit of practice I hope I can improve my technique for next time.
Initially I planned on a neckband and cuffs, but when I attached the neckband it was too stiff and ended up distorting my neckline. I think this is because even though the velour is really drapey, it's bulkier than other knit fabric. After removing the unsuccessful neckband, I decided against cuffs too. I ended up finishing all edges (neckline, sleeves and hem) by overlocking, turning under once and top-stitching with my twin needle.
There's really not much left to say about this simple make. On the fabric front, my velour was mostly fine to sew with and the wrong side has a nice smooth finish, giving the impression of being lined. Do beware though, because velour tends to fray and the edges curl up like nobody's business. You also need to take the fabric's pile into account when cutting out your pattern pieces.
I really like the somewhat grunge edge of my Renfrew dress, although I suspect that it has something to do with how over-exposed my photos came out!
So, what do you think - yay or nay to tie dyed velour?