So I started off with the idea of a green velvet hooded cowl dress, (from my Rustic Luxury post) and I just wanted to post the finished version.
I did actually finish this on time (hurrah!) but it took me a while to get this post up with photos. Overall I was very happy with the finished product. I had to adjust the pattern slightly to accommodate the hood with the cowl; adding a seam between the cowl and it’s self-facing, but the result was good. I don’t know that I would do another one like this, however I think I would love to do a hooded jacket/topper/etc out of this fabric. I did a wide facing for the hood in the same fabric (so it has a lovely deep turn-back) but then I lined the remainder of the super deep hood with a black knit lining fabric.
Before cutting out the green velvet, I tried out the cowl neck part of the dress in a super-soft grey knit as my ‘muslin’ to start, which helped significantly since I had to raise the empire waist a lot from my original draft. I’m hoping that with some tweaking I’ll be able to wear the grey ‘muslin’ as a top at some point too. (I usually try to make my muslins out of something wearable if I have the option, just to extend the wearability, and reduce the waste.)
Since I’m usually the one behind the camera instead of in front of it, I needed to get photos of the finished garment on my dressform instead of me. Just a note, my dressform is vintage, and WAY smaller than I am, thus it’s not exactly the best fit. The cowl isn’t nearly as low on me as it is on the dressform. Likewise, my dressform doesn’t have a head (of course!) so I put one of my styrofoam heads on top to hold up the hood. It’s a little out-of-proportion, but it should give you an idea of the finished garment.