Blue velvet Kobe
Last month my little family and I went to Donnelly River for a friend’s wedding. Donnelly River is an old mining town that is three hours south of Fremantle. It’s a great holiday location in the middle of some of Western Australia’s most beautiful forests. I wanted a new dress for the wedding so I dug out some blue silk velvet I’d had in my fabric stash for over ten years (I knew it would come in handy one day!). The fabric was very soft and drape-y so I decided to pair it with Papercut Pattern’s Kobe Dress.
I love the pleated back of the Kobe dress and the simplicity of the rest of the design. The pattern was wonderful – the instructions were very clear and although the back looks complicated I was surprised by how quickly it came together. I shortened the hem and the length of the sleeves but everything else was perfect.
The most challenging aspect of the project was sewing with the silk velvet as I usually only sew with robust woven fabrics. I did the best I could with my old 1970s Elna Lotus but it was very difficult. In hindsight, I wish I’d used a different machine which could accommodate a walking foot. However, I was happy with the overall look of the dress despite the little imperfections!