Refashion Runway Sew Along: Velvet

Did you guys hear the news?!?! Refashion Runway is back and Season Four is an All Star Edition. My friends Gema and Marisa from my season are back and so are several favorites from seasons past. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with for week one, which, spoiler alert… is velvet!


This very heavy velvet wonder has been in my stash for nearly a year. Though it doesn’t translate well in the pictures, it has sparklies all over it. I thought this would make a lovely dress for the holidays, and I happily purchased it for only .99 cents.

I had no intention of getting to it so soon because who wears velvet in the summer, right? πŸ™‚ So, had it not been for Beth’s challenges for this new season it would still be sitting in my stash. I don’t know about you, but I actually thrive on outside motivation for this kind of thing.

I began by cutting off the built-in vest. I wasn’t too concerned with raw edges left behind because I knew they’d be “taken care of” in the resizing process.


I used a Maxi Skirt I was gifted from a friend (I absolutely love it and will devote an entire post to it a little later) as a template.

I just had to show a close-up of the sparkles

To sew the new side seams of the dress I used our Baby Lock Imagine Serger and set it up for 3-thread overlock. Like, 98% of the time you use 4 threads on your Serger (left needle, right needle, upper looper, lower looper); however, because this velvet is so heavy AND stretchy, I removed the right needle. Using only 1 needle thread helps eliminate stretch and allows the fabric to lay more “flat”. So, the next time you’re serging through temperamental fabric switch to 3-thread overlock BEFORE you go crazy messing with tension and differential feed and God knows what else πŸ™‚

See how that’s not puckered at all? And because I used the left needle, I still have a wide seam allowance.

Next, I made cap sleeves from the original sleeves.


This is a process that I took directly from Beth’s very own “Refashion Handbook” πŸ™‚

Right Sides together, I sewed the new cap sleeves into the new armhole.

It barely fit over my free-arm…

I did this on the New Janome 9400, which is so new we don’t have it up on our website yet… That built-in walking foot is amazing. Don’t sew velvet with a regular foot. Just don’t.

The original tag was pretty stained so I removed it (but left cleaning instructions) and added my own tag to complete my look.


Sunglasses and Velvet. Who’d ‘a thought? πŸ™‚


I absolutely love this dress, you guys. Like, for serious.


I was blazing hot during this photo shoot!

But I know I’ll wear the heck out of this dress to Mary Kay Events this Fall/Winter. As a consultant we have a dress code to wear dresses/skirts to all our appointments. This is definitely appropriate and I’m really excited about it πŸ™‚


My bracelets and cocktail ring… all prizes I earned as a Mary Kay consultant. I love getting free stuff πŸ™‚ And, again, I love my sparkly velvet dress.

I can’t wait to see what the Season Four contestants come up with for this challenge. Β It’ll be posted on Saturday so be sure to tune in!


9 thoughts on “Refashion Runway Sew Along: Velvet

  1. Okay Laura you’ve really wowed me with this one! Hope you can ,make the ASG zipper workshop 2nd Monday in Sept. 1-3pm! South branch Kokomo library! Pat

      1. It might catch the light better in direct sunlight, but then you’d be wearing velvet in direct sunlight. I feel ya though. It’s been over 100F here for the past few weeks, but I still HAD to go outside to take pictures. Ugh.

  2. Wowsers!! What a knock out dress!! LOVE. IT.

    And, yet again, I find myself in the unfortunate position of reading your post too late… Pah!!!

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