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Luscious Velvet Dresses

This week's featured outfit is straight off the Autumn/Winter 2016 catwalks.  Velvet was a big trend and a number of beautiful velvet dresses were featured in some of the collections, including:

 Images all from Autumn/Winter 2016 ready-to-wear collections, as featured on Vogue.co.uk: Prada, Prada, Fendi, Emporio ArmaniPreen by Thornton Bregazzi

 

This week's featured outfit draws inspiration from these dresses.  I've paired Named's Olivia wrap dress with two of our knit velvets: a luscious black one and a rich burgundy one.  They're both really lovely!  As they're from different suppliers, they're not identical.  Comparing the two, the burgundy velvet is stretchier than the black one, while the black one is heavier and has a deeper pile.  I've tried my best to photograph them.  I should warn you, though, that velvet is very difficult to photograph: you really need to get samples of these fabrics to really appreciate them! 

 

Being knits, these two velvets can be used for most patterns designed for jersey (although it's better to stick to simple designs).  Drawing on the inspiration images (which show a number of wrap dresses), I've chosen Named's Olivia wrap dress - a classic, fitted wrap dress.  It should work well with the velvet, as there aren't very many seams and there are no darts.  The waist is cinched in with elastic.

 

Won't Olivia look lovely in a luxurious velvet?!  This dress would be great for dressy events through the festive season: beautiful, understated elegance.  :-)

Finally, I just wanted to point out the fantastic embroidery and applique in some of the inspiration images.  

From left to right: Prada, Fendi

I was a bit perplexed as to how one would execute this on a stretch velvet (particularly the embroidery), so I did some research.  Here's some great resources I found on the web, for those of you who may be considering giving this a go!

  

Further Details

Named Olivia Wrap Dress
£13 
Sizes: 32-50
Level: average
Reviews: 2 reviews on PatternReview.com; both are positive

 

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November 22, 2016 by Amy Lloyd
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