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Cutting out panne velvet with the nap upside down?
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Date: 12/10/12 10:39 PM

Which I did. Not on purpose of course. I was so careful to make sure that the nap was facing the same way on all the pieces, which it is. Just the wrong way. Which I noticed after I started sewing it together, and have no more fabric to redo it. So I'm going to finish it, since I was half done when I noticed. It's a simple tshirt type top, with a gathered skirt. A nice teal color too. So, will this kill it, or will it just look a little different? Or do I just call it a creative design decision
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Date: 12/11/12 0:02 AM

There really isn't a right or wrong way. I was taught to cut with the smooth side running down, but read some info last year about stretch velvet (knit) that the rough side down gave more interesting color.

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Date: 12/11/12 0:54 AM

I'm with Diane. It doesn't matter, as long as it's all going the same way. I personally like my velvet and corduroy to be soft-down, so when you pet yourself you feel the softness LOL, but traditional wisdom says the color is richer if the nap goes soft-up.

I even have a pair of velvet harem pants I bought at Covent Garden 20 years ago where the nap goes SIDEWAYS! It doesn't look strange, but it's a little annoying to wear, as it causes clothing worn over it to shift to the left as you walk....

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In reply to ahrizel

Date: 12/11/12 1:08 AM

Congrats on getting it all 1 way! And it's absolutely your creative design choice. Next time, before you cut, hold the fabric with the nap up and the reverse to see what you see. It's usually a deeper color with the rough side going up. I find it hard to give up the luxurious soft feel of it running down.

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