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The love/HATE of Velvet

Ask me about velvet fabric and I will say “velvet is the devil!” Especially stretch velvet with all is creaminess and yummy bold color, therein lies the ability for this fabric to make you mad with every seam. We also love it because it makes any garment rich in color and texture and makes you look good in it.


Let's talk about working with velvet and hopefully I can help you develop your own best practices to make your next velvet-making experience a happy one.


Velvet fabric properties: multi-layered with dense piles, high breathability and comes in stretch and non-stretch. Also called velveto and velveteen, velvet is made with vertical yarn which helps the directional nap when you brush your hand across it (changes shades)....thereby making it imperative that you place your pattern pieces along the directional grain so your garment shows the same shade when worn. Velvet should also be sewn the same direction of the nap.


There are many types of velvet: chiffon, crushed embossed or even hammered - all can be used for upholstery, hats/accessories and makes beautiful dresses. Your costs will depend on the silk properties of the velvet you buy. Velvet made with synthetic materials is generally quite inexpensive. Full-silk velvet, however, may cost hundreds of dollars per yard since making this fabric is so labor-intensive. Velvet fabric that is woven with care using sustainable materials will always cost more than fabric that was made cheaply using synthetic textiles.


Credit: "What is Velvet Fabric?" Sewport.com Boris Hodakel is the Founder and CEO