Velvet Vogue 8685 for ‘The Little Red Dress Project’

Red Velvet Vogue 8685

The ‘Little Red Dress Project’ is an Instagram challenge run by  @thetwighlightstitcher and @rosabella.angelica. This is the second year that it’s been held and as soon as I saw the challenge announcement I was keen to enter because I missed out on entering it the previous year and it sounded like fun. What I was going to make however didn’t fall into place until a few weeks later when I went to the sewing meetup in Birmingham called Sew Brum. I found some lovely stretchy crushed red velvet at the Fancy Silk Store and then later on in the afternoon, I spotted Vogue 8685 on the pattern and fabric swap table. There’s even a red dress drawing on the pattern illustration…It was meant to be! Vogue 8685After I had shown my intended fabric/pattern combo on Instagram, I had a lot of favourable comments about Vogue 8685, saying that it was a good pattern with a nice shape to fit and not overly difficult to sew up, which sounded promising. Of the different style variations on the pattern envelope, I decided to go for the flared mid-length skirt and a long sleeve. After all, it is a dress for Winter and I need to be warm.

As with all velvets, I had to pay attention to the nap and cut all of my pieces with the nap running in the same direction. The cutting stage, therefore was something I did first thing in the morning while I was feeling relatively fresh and awake…although I somehow doubt there is any time of the day when I feel particularly alert at this time of year… I have a strong urge to hibernate and seriously think I was a squirrel or a brown bear in a previous life…hehe.

So, with the large flared skirt pattern pieces and having to keep the direction the same on all pieces meant that 2m of fabric was juuuuuust about enough with literally scraps left, phew!


Red Velvet Vogue 8685

I cut a size 12 and did my usual adjustments for forward-rolling square shoulders by taking more in the centre sleeve seam at the shoulder/neck area and also by shaving a little off the front seam, but adding it onto the back. I brought the neckline up and in a bit too, particularly at the back,  and finally, I added about ¾” of depth on the front bodice for a bit more bust room.

Most of the dress went together fairly easily. I pinned and basted a lot and used my walking foot too. The fabric was a real ‘slippery little sucker’ and needed care and patience. That patience wore a little thin, however, when it came to sewing the concealed zip in…..most of it went in ok, but I ended up undoing and re-stitching the same 6” (where the yoke seams intersected) about six times!! My poor cat Bilbo (aka sewing room companion) had to listen to a fair bit of swearing! I’ve since learned about Wonder Tape from my online sewing friend Maxine of Sew Ready and next time I sew a concealed zip in velvet I’m definitely using it.

I finished off the hem of the dress with a 1.5” hem to give the skirt a bit of weight and I blind stitched it in place. It does seem to have a nice swish to it when I wear it. For finishing off the neckline I followed the pattern instructions and added some binding which was understitched and then stitched down to the inside, however, I felt like the velvet fabric would have been too bulky so I used some viscose jersey from my stash. I’m not overly convinced about this technique though as I feel that the neck edge is springing up a little. It may be caused by the jersey that I used for the binding not being soft enough to lay flat, but if I were to make this again I think I might add a proper neck facing.

Red Velvet Vogue 8685A final little extra touch and something that I think finishes off the back next really nicely came about because my zipper was a bit short. I decided to stop the zip about 2.5” from the top, stitched the seam together above the zip and then simply stitched on three covered buttons. I didn’t even need to make the buttons functional because the neckline is big enough to go over my head. I think I might do this again sometime on a garment as it looks rather nice don’t you agree?


Red Velvet Vogue 8685

Well, I’m actually looking forward to giving this new dress it’s first proper wear tomorrow when hubby and I go on our Christmas date night. A delish three course  (good job the fabric is stretchy and forgiving!) dinner at our local fancy wine bar/restaurant. It’s the kind of place where the ladies get pretty glammed up, so I think I’ll feel perfect in my red velvet and glittery heels.

Red Velvet Vogue 8685

Right, I think I’ll leave you with a link to a song that whilst writing this post and all the time I was sewing my dress,  kept going through my head….enjoy!


Velvet Vogue 8685 for The Little Red Dress Project




  1. December 15, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    You look beautiful in this dress Diane! Lovely attention to detail as always, and a perfect festive dress. Have a fab date night tomorrow! Xx

    • diane
      December 15, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks, Helen love. That’s so sweet of you. And you have a great weekend too xx

  2. December 15, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    I so love this dress and it is the perfect Christmas date night dress. The neckline finish with the covered buttons is inspired. Good luck with the competition, you are a very worthy contender!

    • diane
      December 16, 2017 / 9:28 am

      Oh, that’s so lovely of you to say, Sue, I’m glad you like it. Fingers crossed that I might be in with a chance of winning something…it would be a nice Christmas present for sure!

  3. December 16, 2017 / 12:35 am

    I’m absolutely loving the fabric and the way it drapes with this dress! What a great choice Diane! Those buttons are pretty snazzy too 😍

    • diane
      December 16, 2017 / 9:29 am

      Awww, thank you, Kelly! You’re a treasure x

  4. Vicki
    December 16, 2017 / 3:07 am

    Perfect Christmas dress (for the Northern hemisphere). Beautifully made. Enjoy wearing it.

    • diane
      December 16, 2017 / 9:25 am

      Thank you, Vicki! Yes absolutely…something a lot cooler to wear is needed south of the Equator. It’s been very cold here lately.

  5. December 16, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Oooh how gorgeous is that velvet; the buttons at the back neck are the perfect touch. (I’ve had this pattern for ages and shall refer to this post). Hope you had a lovely date night xx

    • diane
      December 16, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Thank you, Sarah xx. Ooh, yes, you ought to give this pattern a go. It’s a great shape and quite a straightforward make.

  6. December 16, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    That is stunning! You look great in red- – – perfect for the holidays. I love the details and that interesting skirt with the seaming at the waist and hips. Nice buttons at the neck.

    • diane
      December 17, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      Thank you, Linda I’ve always loved red and I’m so glad you like it.

  7. December 17, 2017 / 8:58 am

    Absolutely beautiful, love the interesting lines and fit. Could you have got away without a zip? That must have been a challenge, and you’ve done it beautifully. Enjoy the evening.

    • diane
      December 17, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      Aww, thanks so much, Maggie. Yes, well, it was suggested on IG that perhaps I could have got away without a zip, but my dress is quite a close fit at my waist and the seams that are topstitched flat make it less stretchy there too. I wish I could have gone zipless, it would have saved me a lot of time and angst!

  8. Beck
    December 17, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    Looks lovely – the covered buttons look so classy – gonna have to remember that trick! What an ideal Christmas-y dress!

    • diane
      December 18, 2017 / 9:24 am

      Thanks, Beck! Looking forward to wearing it styled for daytime with boots and textured tights for Christmas Day too xx

  9. December 19, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    Your dress is fabulous! I love the buttons, and also your shoes!!

    • diane
      December 19, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Aww, thank you Lynne! And the shoes are Tamaris from and still available 😉

    • diane
      December 20, 2017 / 8:55 am

      Aww, thank you Sarah Liz!xx

  10. January 8, 2018 / 10:02 am

    Oh what a beautiful dress. I’ve never attempted an invisible zipper on velvet before so thank you for your tip on the tape! Just sorry it gave you so much grief without it!

    • diane
      January 8, 2018 / 1:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Janene! Yeah, I’m normally not phased by concealed zips but this one was a doozy!

  11. Karie
    January 15, 2018 / 1:28 am

    Super gorgeous, and I LOVE the three buttons at the top of the back. I learned about Wonder Tape during a fight with a zipper earlier this year – it’s great stuff, isn’t it! I recently made a top out of velvet, and things would have been much easier had I used my walking foot.

    • diane
      January 15, 2018 / 9:19 am

      Aww, thank you Karie. Glad you approve 🙂 Yes, Wonder Tape is something I want handy at all times, a walking foot is invaluable too though. I use mine a lot.

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