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drapes made with Velvet

draperylady | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I have sewn draperies for 25 years, however have never sewn on Velvet any tips?

Also, I would like to have a crest embroidered on the velvet by a professional person, who I have had work done before.  Will it work?

#3. Will pinch pleated drapes look good or should I do swags? If swags do you use any different rules for cutting on the bias. 

#4.Should I serge edges, and/or seams?


New as of today, thanks in advance

the drapery lady


  1. Kilroywashere | | #1

    think hard about the effect that you want from the velvet - if you want a lush rich look - you need to use cotton velvet.  (or mohair-$) Most other fibers of velvet will just look cheap and cheesy as drapes - even silk, and for the price you pay for silk velvet!!!!

    Definitely have your embroidery person test the pattern several times on scraps of your intended fabric before alowing them to plunk the embroidery right in the middle of one of your lengths - it will probably require some adjusting to get the embroidery to look good on top of the pile. 

    1. happy2sew | | #2

      I'm just wondering about the nap of the velvet when cutting the swags on the bias.

      1. Tangent | | #3

        Try hanging some lengths of your velvet in the way it would be when sewn, to see if it looks right before you cut it.  Regarding the bias swag, do you want it to look like the pile goes the same way, or opposite?  Consider the main angle it will be seen from when it's in place, and the lighting.  If the swag has a "top" end. higher than the other end, I would try to have the nap in as similar a direction to the main drape as possible.  Or if there's more than one swag, do you want the pile all going the same way, or away from the center of the group?

        It depends on the effect you want, so pinning the velvet up, and standing back to look at it, will supply your answer.

        1. happy2sew | | #4

          Thanks for your reply.  I was just adding some food for thought to the original discussion, and your "food" is certainly helpful.

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