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Birthday dress in velvet

It is our tradition that I sew a birthday dress for our girls. With our eldest I consult with her about the fabrics and pattern that I have in mind. And usually she picks out something a bit different from what I had in mind. This year we agreed on the Raven tunic and dress from Boo and Lu Patterns* right away. We both fell in love with that back!

I picked out stretch velvet fabrics, which were leftovers from this outfit. She wanted to have a dress fully in silver velvet but I didn’t have enough fabric. I needed all three fabrics to make the dress. In the end we settled with the silver on the front and the purple on the back. I probably would have switched those colors around.

This year it was a bit of a challenge to finish on time. We have two birthdays in one week, which means two birthday dresses and birthday parties and celebrations at school. These birthdays are also either during a holiday break or just before a holiday so a lot of things coming together at once. This year it meant I almost finished the dress before we left for our holiday to Italy. I just had to hem the dress. Luckily my mom has a sewing machine in Italy so I could finish the hem. We arrived in the morning of the birthday of our eldest so I finished it right after we arrived so she could wear it on her birthday.

The dress is a great hit. Our girl has been wearing it non stop. She is a big fan of the twirl factor and those flared sleeves.
I said maybe you can also wear it during Christmas? She said “no, I want you to sew something new for Christmas”. Right, so that is what I did. I sewed them some Christmas vests.

FabricsSilver and Cassis lycra velours from budgetstoffen, stretch velours dancing leaves from Stoffen-Hemmers.
Pattern: Raven tunic and dress from Boo and Lu Sewing Pattern
Sizing: 18M – 14 (also available for Women)
Options: tunic or dress length, short or long flared sleeves, hood or neckband and optional corset back
Difficulty: beginner

Items in 2022: 42
# Fabric this post: 0 in – 3 out (Total fabric in 2022: bought 47 new fabric – used 68 fabric – 20 scrap pieces – 1 gifted fabric) – in total 47 in 68 out and 20 scraps
# Patterns in 2022: 13 in – 4 out

* Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links”. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission, the price for you will be the same, it doesn’t cost you anything extra. Thank you for supporting my hobby and my fabric and pattern addictions.


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