Frankly this comment had me seething and defensive and of two minds. First: yeah, I sew a lot of clothes. But I buy next to nothing in terms of ready-to-wear, and I wear everything I make, every day. I make almost exclusively staple items... cake, if you will. Second: mind your own business! So what if I made a ridiculous sequined ball gown frosting fantasia every day?! If the process of sewing gives me pleasure, that's all the justification I need.
While I love the look and soft feel of this velvet, honestly, I don't know why anyone would sew with velvet. It's awful! Simultaneously slippery and sticky, it's impossible to sew precisely. And it sheds like crazy.
For a pattern, I chose one of the newer Closet Core patterns, the Nicks blouse pattern, named after Stevie Nicks, a favorite of mine.
The Nicks goes up to size 32, which is designed for a 60 inch bust and 63 inch hip. I chose a size 20 from the larger range, designed for a D-cup. It worked well!
The bodice is purposefully very voluminous, although I found that the shoulders and yoke fit nicely, so be careful if you decide to size down. If you wanted to lose some of the volume, it would be wiser to just narrow the front and back pieces to take some volume out of the gathers.
I enjoyed the pattern; I like the clever way the neckline is clean finished. And I like the shape of the V-neck, which is pretty perfectly not too high and not too low.
I love the volume in the body and sleeves. Lots of movement in a drapey fabric! You can see if blowing in the wind in these photos (and you can see a few snow flakes blowing through- that’s not dandruff!).
I am pretty pleased with my frosting project, haters be damned. I feel pretty fabulous draped in velvet and dripping with jewels from my favorite local jewelry designer, Soul Simone. I think Stevie would approve.