Fabric files: Velvet

The Museum at FIT's: opening party for Proust’s Muse, The Countess GreffulheTrends aren’t only for patterns. This season is all about velvet, lace, and sequin. Velvet is perfect for the winter and a must on your fabric shopping list for this year Christmas party. However shopping can be a little minefield. That’s because most stores won’t have clear labelling.  You will find on the market 3 main fabrics labelled “velvet”…. they are: velvet, velour, and velveteen.

What is the difference between velvet, velour, and velveteen?

  • Velvet: woven blend made from rayon, silk, linen, mohair, and wool. Very soft and luxurious with sheen. These fabric has lovely drape and is used for garments. It has a longer pile.
  • Velveteen: also know as “faux velvet,” usually made from cotton or cotton and silk. The appearance is less vibrant than velvet. Pile has more body and similar to corduroy.
  • Velour: is easier to distinguish due to it’s plush appearance, knit and most often used in upholstery. Dense pile, sturdier and thicker.

My tips on sewing velvet.

Charles FrÈderic Worth (1825-1895). "Robe du soir portÈe par la Comtesse Greffulhe, vers 1896 - forme princesse, dÈcolletÈe, velours noir, soie, broderie de perles, incrustations de lys blancs, revers de satin blanc, volant crantÈ en bas". Galliera, musÈe de la Mode de la Ville de Paris.

Charles FrÈderic Worth (1825-1895). Galliera, musee de la Mode de la Ville de Paris.