Kwik Sew 4111: DIY Maroon Silk Velvet Tulip Skirt Dress

Kwik sew 4111 silk velvet tulip skirt dress

Hi Friends,

Don’t be fooled by the sun in these photographs: it was freezing the day we took them, and we had to be fast! That’s why the opaque tights are out…not very glam but necessary unless you want frost bite, lol.

Kwik sew 4111 silk velvet tulip skirt dress

This is my second version of Kwik Sew 4111, this time made in a maroon silk velvet I found on eBay. You can see my first version, made this summer, here.

Kwik sew 4111 silk velvet tulip skirt dress
Kwik sew 4111 silk velvet tulip skirt dress

There really is nothing new to add to the making of this dress that I didn’t cover in my first review. I attempted to lengthen the sleeves, and managed to add an inch to their length, but fabric limitations meant I couldn’t get them any longer. I do wish they were longer, but it is what it is, and it didn’t stop me wearing this dress to my office christmas party earlier this month. I also didn’t have enough fabric to make a belt.

All in all, this dress is so easy to throw on and wear and I think it will be a perennial christmas favourite.

See here for tips on sewing with silk velvet. I must say this silk/ viscose/ velvet was less shifty than the last one I worked with, and whilst I was dreading the hem along the curved edges, it worked out fine in the end.

Happy sewing everyone!

Kwik sew 4111 silk velvet tulip skirt dress


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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at

12 thoughts on “Kwik Sew 4111: DIY Maroon Silk Velvet Tulip Skirt Dress

  1. Manju, define: freezing. This is a short sleeve dress! I live in Arizona USA. It is now 65F. Compared to 110, it is freezing for me. No short sleeve dresses until June! LOL. Merry Christmas, my friend. I do enjoy reading your blog.

  2. That fabric and color are both divine! Such a gorgeous dress and perfect for any special occasion. You look beautiful!

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