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DIY velvet and fur

DIY velvet and fur

For the last six months, I’ve been in love with two things…….everything velvet and rust colored.  So when I spotted this rust colored silk velvet, my heart fluttered just a bit.  There aren’t enough words to explain how much I love the silk velvet from Moodfabrics.com It’s available in 10 beautiful shades to fit any application. It cuts easily, sews beautifully and even irons nicely.

The dress was made using Vogue V8829 with the following alterations:

-Added 5″ to length and 1.5″ to width of the tie and collar

-Added back bodice pleats

-Removed 1.5″ from the scoop of the neck

-Added 2″ side panels in the skirt

-Cut the bodice front and back on the fold removing the buttons from the pattern

-Added a side zipper (necessary to get in and out of the dress)

-Removed the buttons from the skirt

-Added 3 inverted pleats to the wrist with a 1″ elastic


The coat was made using this moodfabrics.com heavy weight wool twill that’s a true coating fabric.  It cuts and sews like a dream. The fur is a re-purposed Ebay find.

The pattern used for this coat was Vogue V8841

-Added 4″ to the front of each side which creates a double-breasted look

-Added 6 1.5″ lapel buttons

Added a seam

-Added a 2″ sleeve belt

-Added a placket seam pocket

Lined the coat with a polyester lining

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  1. Kellie Bridgeman
    February 27, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    I love your style! You are so talented doing alterations! Wish you did YOUTUBE tutorials!

  2. Janette
    March 4, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Both pieces are beautiful, the coat is very impressive. You make that “dress over pants” look work, it hasn’t been a look I like to try, but it looks great on you.

    • Nikki
      March 6, 2017 / 4:10 am

      Thank you

  3. Ellen Miller
    March 13, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Love the dress in Rust Velvet! Fits so well and is soo beautiful!

  4. Tobi
    May 12, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    I’ll add this to my list of things to sew. I should really stop stalking your blog.

    • Nikki
      May 12, 2017 / 11:37 pm

      lol 🙂

  5. Genevieve
    January 6, 2018 / 2:22 am

    So lovely!

    • Nikki
      January 8, 2018 / 5:17 pm

      Thank you