Black Velvet Jacket
Hi. It’s Gusia here. Today I would like to take you through my journey with a beautiful velvet fabric. Velvet is a sleek, soft fabric that is commonly used in intimate garments, upholstery and other textile applications. Due to how expensive it was to produce velvet textiles in the past, this fabric is often associated with the aristocracy. It can be made from either synthetic or natural fibers. Velvet can be made from several different kinds of fibers, traditionally, the most expensive of which is silk. Much of the velvet sold today as “silk velvet” is actually a mix of rayon and silk. Velvet made entirely from silk is rare and usually very expensive. Cotton is also used to make velvet, though this often results in a less luxurious fabric. Velvet can also be made from fibers such as linen, mohair, and wool. More recently, synthetic velvets have been developed, mostly from polyester, nylon, viscose, acetate, and from either mixtures of different synthetics or from combined synthetics and natural fibers (for example viscose mixed with silk produces a very soft, reflective fabric). A small percentage of spandex is sometimes added to give the final material a certain amount of stretch (hence “stretch velvet”). Velvet fabrics are specially manufactured because of their distinctive properties. They are used in variety of appliances like clothing including trousers, shirts, and many more. They are also used for bed sheets, covers, curtains and etc.
For my project i chose a beautiful black stretchy velvet. Working with stretch velvet requires some extra attention to details. It is a pretty delicate fabric and if you’re new to sewing with velvet, choosing a simple pattern might be a good idea. Adding button holes or zippers can be difficult but if you feel confident you can carefully do it. Be very careful with pressing as too much heat will leave marks on your fabric.
Another thing to consider is that velvet is one of those fabrics with a so-called “nap”. That means that the fabric, when you move your hand top to bottom, feels different compared with what it feels like when you go from the bottom towards the top. There’s no right or wrong way to cut velvet, but all your pattern pieces need to lie in the same direction. The most common way to use velvet is that the fabric should feel smooth when you move your hand from top to bottom of your garment.
Sewing stretchy velvet can be a little bit tricky. I would definitely recommend a overlocker to achieve the perfect stretchy seams. To hem your garments I will stick to the cover stitch machine or alternatively use the twin needle. I’ve been researching the Internet for the best pattern to match my fabric. I really wanted to make a blazer /jacket. I had to pick something that wasn’t too difficult.
In the end for I’ve picked a fantastic burda pattern 6582. I decided to sew a version B slightly enlarging the collar. I hope you like my project. Feel free to send me your comments and any questions. Thank you for stopping and reading my blog.