I thought that I'd try something totally different and give sewing with a Fancy Velvet Fabric a go (well it is the festive season). I'm so glad that I did as I'm so pleased with the results.

I wanted a jacket/Cardi type garment that I could use to “fancy up” a basic outfit, the kind of thing that you can really dress up or down. I decided on the Wiksten kimono as this is tried and tested for me.

This is a real quality velvet, it's backed with a cotton type fabric that is soft to touch, so I decided to make an unlined version. It turned out absolutely fine without the lining, but next time I think that I'd do a Hong Kong seam finish (rather than overlocking) to add a special touch.

The fabric was great to work with, but you must make sure that you have the pile running in the right direction on all pattern pieces as it would be noticeable if this was wrong.

One word of warning, the fabric is very messy when cutting, it was like I'd had an explosion on the sewing table when I cut it out, so definitely have a vacuum cleaner to hand and give your sewing machine a once over after you have finished to remove all the fluff.

I had 2m of this fabric and it was enough to make the medium length Wiksten kimono, I actually really like it this length as it's great with jeans.

How gorgeous is the copper color, it also have a subtle glitter thread running through it too which glistens when the light hits it.

The fabric is so soft to touch, you can't help but stroke it. I wore it on a night out and it got so many compliments.

I'm so pleased that I pushed my boundaries and used a fabric that is outside of my comfort zone as it's so luxurious and I'm sure that it will get lots of wear over the festive period.

Thanks for reading and I'll look forward to sharing my next make very soon, which actually coordinates with this jacket.