The Nose Strikes Again Top

This Black Velvet monstrosity needs no introduction…

If ever a dress was frumpy…

I originally wanted to leave this as a dress for holiday parties, but after trying it on I decided it might suit me better as a shirt.


I also took in the sides and sleeves 2 inches.


Velvet SUCKS! It’s warm, yes, but awful to “work” with. As evident by this picture, you can’t use enough pins (I also chopped 6 inches off the sleeve length).

I used the new Janome Skyline s7 to sew this. It has a built-in walking foot (and a ton of other features…). Don’t even think about sewing velvet without a walking foot. Β Don’t.


Next, I had to finish my newly raw arm and waist edges. After SEVERAL attempts to pin everything I finally figured out I needed to use an interfacing… I found this in my stash, ironically, from another project in which I used velvet (post on that to follow).


This is an iron-on (fusible) interfacing. To make it stick properly to your fabric, you must moisten a scrap piece of thin fabric (with a spray bottle), put the wet fabric over the interfacing, and hold your iron over it until it dries to your material (10ish seconds).


Yah, it's "stuck" to the velvet now :)
Yah, it’s “stuck” to the velvet now πŸ™‚

This made it SO much easier to pin (and sew) my new hem.


I sewed this in place with a multiple zig zag stitch. This allows for more stretch than a straight stitch.

It’s 3 straight stitches inside each “zig” and “zag”

Before you become too impressed by my LACK of laziness on this… let me just point out the green thread, first of all. Β Also, I’ll admit that I didn’t have the strength to do all that ironing and crap for the bottom hem πŸ˜€ I reverted back to old faithful: Rolled hem.

Regular shank and presser foot for this, folks.

It’s pretty amazing that this machine took the velvet through that rolled hem foot, y’all. Seriously. That’s a pretty big deal; another testament to its quality!

I tried it on and decided to wear it backwards… but the zipper didn’t go down quite far enough. After much contemplation, I cut the bottom of the zipper off (seam ripping the whole thing out was out of the question!) and cut it into a deeper “V” shape.

I stitched it at the base of the V to stop it from unraveling further… a little crude, but it worked!

This means I’m finished.


That was a little more work than I anticipated… but it turned out exactly like I wanted it to.


So, why is this the “nose strikes back” top and not the “velvet sucks” top???

Exhibit A

Last Monday I actually had to go back to Dr. Shadfar for a little minor “surgery.” He penciled me in before leaving for Oklahoma (what a guy!). The swelling/fluid build-up in my nose bothered him and he wanted to make an incision on the top of my nose, take a scalpel and “scrape” the bone to help alleviate the swelling. While he was at it, he was going to shave down the scar on my left nostril. It was a little raggedy from my surgery last May.

In a true Christmas Miracle moment… the swelling went down and I didn’t have to go though with that ordeal after all! πŸ™‚ But, I went ahead and had my scar shaved down (dermabrasion). I was numbed up real good but I did have to wear this “skin graft” for 8 days.

I modeled its progress 6 days later on Instagram

I definitely got some “looks” while I sported this bandage for over a week… Life goes on, though. What can ya do?

Nothing. So I wore it to our “Santa Bob Day” festivities along with my new velvet top.

The whole Robinson crew minus a handful…

My cousin Bethany gifted me with this gorgeous pink Pashmina in our gift exchange.

Cousin Bethany πŸ™‚

She also served as our photographer that night.

Santa Bob… he left his Santa Suit at home this year…
My handsome gents.

At first the bandage was bright yellow. Cleaning it out 4 times a day with Peroxide and bacitracin ointment faded it.. it was hardly even noticeable by the 8th day.

Me and Dad πŸ™‚ ❀

Santa Bob Day” is a little different these days (bandages or not). But one thing is always constant: Family. And I love mine πŸ™‚

I hope you and yours enjoy all your family traditions and shenanigans during this holiday season. Merry Christmas!


12 thoughts on “The Nose Strikes Again Top

  1. Lovely family pics πŸ™‚ And you look so much like your Dad, esp around the eyes!!
    Such good news the swelling reduced on it’s own, you must be tired of surgery…so brave.

    And Happy Christmas to You! Sending love from London xxx

    1. Thank you, Gema! EVERYONE tells me I look like my mom. I’m too “involved” to judge with a clear eye who I think I look like… It’s rare when someone tells me I look like my dad. Merry Christmas to you and yours, who shall not be named in the blogosphere πŸ˜‰

      1. I get that – not many people know my Dad, so I always get told I’m like my Mum πŸ™‚ (so maybe if I knew what your Mum looked like, I’d think differently..?). And Rod sends love too! πŸ˜‰ xxx

  2. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Love how the top turned out. I haven’t had the courage to tackle sewing with velvet yet, your post may just be the thing to give me the encouragement to try. Cheers, Michele

      1. Thanks for the great tip. I have a velvet dress I want to refashion, just haven’t figured out how yet. Cheers, Michele

  3. I’ve heard velvet can be tricky, but, oh it feels so nice on! This looks lovely and very Christmassy.

    Glad your nose is feeling better now. I expect you’re tired of surgery by now.

    And I agree with Gema; I was about to say that you look so much like your dad, in all the best ways!

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