christmas dress | burda cowl dress in velvet

I really wanted to sew a nice dress for christmas this year and I had been eyeing that pretty navy cotton velvet for a while online (did I mention my navy blue phase? I promise the next thing I make will be a different color!). So when the Burdastyle Cowl Dress was on sale one day, I snatched it up and went to work…the Sunday before christmas!
velvet cowl dress. tidytipsy
I didn’t even make a muslin but I really like how it turned out. It’s definitely the most elegant thing I have ever made and own!
velvet cowl dress. tidytipsy
I was in such a hurry to finish it that the hem is a bit twisted (it’s a handstitched blind hem), so I’ll need to redo that before I wear it the next time. Although I like it a lot I’ll probably not wear it very often, I just don’t often attend events where I would not feel completely overdressed wearing this!
I didn’t change anything except the back zipper…I really don’t like back zippers so I put one in the side seam instead. Handpicked again, definitely my preferred method of inserting zippers! The side seam zipper makes the dress pretty hard to put on though.
velvet cowl dress. tidytipsy
All in all, a pretty simple dress and I have plans to make a sleeveless summer version from the pattern some time. The velvet was nice to work with, but even though I finished the seams with zigzagging it still loses a lot of fluff. This got me to make myself the christmas present I’ve been thinking about for some time….I got myself a serger!!!
serger. tidytipsy
I still can’t believe I bought it, after eyeing this model for about a year. I’m finally accepting that this sewing clothing thing is not just a phase for me. I’m really, really excited about learning to use it. It came threaded but of course when I wanted to try it one thread broke…the one that is most difficult to thread in again. So the boyfriend and I spend some time pouring over the manual yesterday (I really couldn’t have done it without his help) and I cried a little and thought about sending it back, but we finally managed to re-thread it and it works, yay :) I’m very excited to try this out on future garments and especially with jersey.

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17 thoughts on “christmas dress | burda cowl dress in velvet

  1. Lindsay Jewell

    LOVE the dress. Your story about threading your serger reminds me of the first time I tried to thread my sewing machine, and it wasn’t even *that* complicated. I guess I just don’t like reading manuals…

    Anyway, glad you were able to figure it out. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

    1. Kristina

      Lindsay, that’s what I thought “how hard can it be right?”. Well, threading a serger is definitely lots different from threading a sewing machine. I honestly couldn’t have figured it out without my boyfriend (and we had both manual and instructions on the inside of the machine :)

  2. awfully nice

    Kristina! Your dress is so elegant! It looks great. And, AAHHH!!!! You got a serger!! Congratulations! I feel like jumping up and down and screaming with you. (Funny how buying a serger is akin to the excitement of an engagement or a pregnancy to a sewist) Have fun with it! I’ll dream of one someday for myself ;)….

    1. Kristina

      Haha, thanks for being so excited along with me :)) I really have been thinking about this for a long time and I’m excited to really figure out how it works!

  3. Neus

    woww super elegant!! It fits you in a perfect way!
    And you have a Serger!!! 0_0 Congratulations!
    I want one for my birthday too.
    I wish you a wonderful 2013 Kristina.

  4. Calico Stretch

    Oh wow this is a gorgeous version of the dress. What a lovely idea to make it in velvet and in such a vibrant rich colour at that. I also have my eye on this pattern but probably won’t get around to trying it out until things get cooler here.


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