Fabric made by loosely woven fibers with the top edge of the weft threads shaved off leaving a short pile that drapes easily. With the exception of polyester micro-fibers, velvet is difficult and temperamental. It should be basted or closely pinned before being machine stitched, and fit should be certain, as all stitching lines will remain if the outfit must be enlarged. Velvet board is a must in order to press velvet.

  • Polyester
    • Made from micro-fibers, it gives a rich luxurious feel much like silk. It is machine washable, does not wrinkle, and drapes beautifully. Dresses made from this velvet can be easily altered because tracks made from stitching lines do not show when removed.
  • Acetate
    • Traditional velvet which must be handled carefully. Wrinkles easily and cannot be ironed without a velvet board. Tracks show from stitching lines when altered.
  • Triple
    • Velvet with a more dense pile, tends not to wrinkle as easily as regular velvet, but still must be handled with great care.
  • Velveteen
    • Usually all cotton fabric with little or no shine. Not as fragile as acetate velvet, but still wrinkles easily. Comes in various weights, and is not as supple as velvet.
  • Burn-out
    • Velvet pattern woven onto a sheer fabric. Gives an interesting pattern of heavy and sheer. Also called cut velvet.
  • Panne
    • High sheen, supple, densely woven fabric usually of polyester.