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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > Can I safely substitute stretch cotton velvet for cotton velvet? ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Date: 11/3/11 12:17 PM

Hi All,

I am about to try sewing a vintage (1960s) coat pattern that calls for using velvet or corduroy (among other options). I'd like to make a cotton velvet spring coat, but the color options are just much greater if stretch velvet (3% lycra) is added to the mix. Do you all think I could get away with using the stretch velvet or am I asking for problems?

I have never made a coat before and I do plan to line it with satin or rayon.

Thanks for any advice!

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Date: 11/3/11 2:38 PM

Dear Fellow Sewer - I think you should be fine using a stretch velvet. Most experts say that you can't use a non-stretch fabric for a pattern that calls for stretch fabric, but you can go the other way. If you are using a non-stretch lining that should prevent any stretching after your project is finished. You may want to use non-stretch interfacing in your coat and especially for the button holes. Good luck with your project.

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Date: 11/3/11 3:17 PM

Thank you Plumm. You are terrific! Just the information I needed.

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Date: 11/3/11 4:17 PM

Some stretch velvets are actually knits, though, not wovens like normal velvet... and that *will* make a difference in the final results. We've had at least two fairly recent threads about using knit velvets for woven coat patterns, and the general consensus seems to be that it's not the best idea. (Although I will say I've seen plenty of RTW knit stretch velvet coats and cloaks out there!)

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