Velvet: Types of Patterns to Sew for Success

Sewing velvet: patterns. On the McCall Pattern Company blogLast week we talked about how to sew velvet without collapsing into a puddle of sewing misery. This week we’ve got suggestions regarding which patterns are best for velvet first-time sewers. Keeping it simple is key.

But first, let’s take a look at a velvet wrap top I just made. I used an out-of-print Kwik Sew pattern from my stash, but you could get a similar look with Butterick B6176 or McCall’s M7200. As I hadn’t sewn velvet in years, my plan was to choose a pattern on the really simple side. I wanted to concentrate on mastering velvet, and not get hung up on pattern details like fit, collars, darts, extra seams, etc. This Kwik Sew pattern had only shoulder and side seams, and a front/neck facing:

velvet wrap top sewn by Meg Carter. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Tip: Before you hem sleeves or other parts, let your velvet garment hang for 24 hours or more. The front lower corners of my wrap top would not drape properly, so I tucked little weights inside the facing and just let the top hang for about 48 hours. This did the trick. For more tips on working with velvet, watch this video we made.



Sewing inspiration: velvet pants
Hale Bob Amabel top, Lafayette 148 Amara top

Suggested patterns:

Suggested sewing patterns that would work well with velvet. From the McCall Pattern Company blog.
V9204, B6378, K3870

Any of these patterns would work in velvet for first-timers because they have few details. For the Butterick pattern (center) I’d eliminate the elastic casings at the sleeve and bodice hem. I’m personally thinking of making the Vogue pattern (left) in black velvet.



Sewing inspiration: velvet pants
Vince wide-leg pants, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Bow pants

Suggested patterns:

Suggested sewing patterns that would work well with velvet. From the McCall Pattern Company blog.
M7164, V9228

You can’t walk into a store these days without seeing pair after pair of velvet pants. The look is either wide leg or track pants, and these two patterns are well suited. Make things easy on yourself and go for an elastic waist.



Sewing inspiration: velvet dresses
Just Female Ware dress, Emerson Fry velvet shirtdress

Suggested patterns:

Suggested sewing patterns that would work well with velvet. From the McCall Pattern Company blog.
B5948, M6885

First-time sewers of velvet should definitely opt for something more like the inspiration dress on the left—just a little shift dress. I’d use B5948 and extend it to make it dress-length. If you want more details and have previously sewn a shirtdress, try M6885, but make the collar and placket out of satin rather than velvet. Satin here will be much easier to work with than velvet.



Sewing inspiration: velvet jackets
T by Alexander Wang bomber jacket, velvet Jardin kimono

Suggested patterns:

Suggested sewing patterns that would work well with velvet. From the McCall Pattern Company blog.
M7100, B6176

A velvet kimono is a great layering piece and you can dress it up or down. Plus, it’s easy to sew! Feel free to tackle a velvet bomber jacket if you’ve sewn a bomber jacket before and are up for a little more of a challenge. You may want to size up on the McCall’s pattern as it has a slim fit.

So, have we given you enough ammunition to sew velvet this season? I don’t know about you but I’m hooked on this fabric! What’s next on your must-make list?


Velvet: sewing patterns that are perfect for first-time sewers of that tricky fabric, velvet.

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  1. Oh gosh, reminds me of my Mum’s brown velvet Kim on with printed silk bands from the 70s. I loved that jacket, wish I had it now.
    This velvet trend is gorgeous, just gorgeous. I love the loose fitting shift styles on the minimally bustular. Could definitely see myself in a wide legged velvet palazzo for party season!

  2. * that was kimono thanks Apple

  3. Showing my age here, but I had velvet pants back in the 70’s. I actually wore them out as I wore them so much. They made me feel slim, went with everything and always looked great. Years later I made myself a midnight purple velvet dress that again, I wore out! Love velvet.

  4. I have stretch velvet in the stash. Do you have any suggestions on patterns for stretch velvet?

    1. Hi Theresa! Stretch velvet is much easier to work with. Look for patterns suitable for knits. Just make sure you cut out the pattern pieces with the nap all running the same way.

  5. Really love the idea of a velvet shift. Gorgeous.

  6. Velvet is my Achilles heel right now. I want velvet everything. Can anyone suggest really reliable velvet? I was thinking about this one for the pants:

  7. Omg! I’m so glad you made this post! I just bought this velvet and didn’t know what to do with it!

  8. I love this idea. Do you think I could use this fabric to make the VELVET DRESSES?

    1. Stretch velvet will work best for patterns that call for knit fabric.

  9. The first thing I ever sewed with velvet was the Ralph Rucci coat sew along hahahahahaha…it came out alright I guess

  10. Which skirt patterns would you recommend. I was thinking a circle skirt but had looked at Vogue V8980 as well (pattern C). Is that doable?

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