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DanielleM
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Date: 3/2/14 9:00 PM

Hello everyone

I'm making Butterick B5969, which is a beautiful historical-style corset and bustle skirt.
For the corset, it said velveteen so I decided to use remnants of (non-stretch) black velvet that have embroidered gold leaves. I had enough for everything except the bias and peplum pieces, but I thought, "That's okay, I can use black velvet for those."

Except...

I found all the black velvet I have, is stretch velvet, and I'm not sure if I can use that for the peplum and bias...? I've never made anything with stretch velvet before... or anything with a peplum, or a corset for that matter!

Any advice please?
Thanks!

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Date: 3/2/14 9:24 PM

I wouldn't think that would be an issue for the peplum as it is soft anyway. As the binding is cut on the bias to add stretch it should be fine as long as you are careful not to stretch it too much as you apply it. Gorgeous pattern.
B5969

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Date: 3/3/14 1:50 PM

I agree with Red Dragon, but make sure that the velvets match! Sometimes the black is not the same. Also, you will not need to cut the bias on the bias.

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Date: 3/3/14 8:07 PM

Does the velvet stretch in all directions or just 1 direction. It's made both ways and it's good to know before you start.

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Date: 3/4/14 6:35 AM

I don't think it will be too apparent if they don't match, as the gold embroidered leaves cover most of the velvet I'm using for the rest of the corset.

Not on the bias? Do I cut it on the grain then, or against? It does stretch in all directions.

Thanks.

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Date: 3/4/14 10:17 AM

You need to consider the reason the bias is needed. is it to make the lacing? Is it to trim the edges?
You do not need to cut on the bias because it does already stretch and so it will be just more difficult to deal with. Stretch velvet actually rolls to the wrong or right side depending on weather you cut it across the grain ( selvage to so selvage), or the length of the grain.

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Date: 3/4/14 3:31 PM

The bias is for the corset front, neck and armhole edges.
I'm wondering if it would be better to use satin (cut on the bias of course) but how easy would that be to sew onto velvet? Not terribly, I'm thinking, though the embroidery on the velvet has flattened most of the pile.

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Date: 3/5/14 10:32 AM

Just a headsup. Velvet and satin DO NOT play well together.

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Date: 3/6/14 4:02 AM

Challenge accepted... ;)
Actually I think it'd be okay, the embroidery does cover much of the velvet so it's a fairly stable surface. And I made a skirt from the same velvet and lined it with satin.

If I do use the stretch velvet do you recommend cutting it on the grain or across?

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Date: 3/6/14 9:12 AM

Selvage to selvage as it will roll to the wrong side and be easier to turn and deal with. That is the cross grain I think. I just check it when I am ready to cut.
Good luck.

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