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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > Fabric Mart Velour? ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Fabric Mart Velour?
anyone tried recently? feedback?
Liz in Cville
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Date: 12/17/12 1:17 PM

Since my thread on FM flannels seemed to go over well, I hope no one minds a similar one.

I'd love to know if anyone has tried any of these velours and has feedback. Seems as though there are at least two different kinds (with and without lycra):
Fabric Mart Velour

Are they nice and warm? Good for lounge pants or too lightweight/translucent? I am thinking mainly of getting some of a non-lycra one (b/c I like the colors better) for a hoodie.

Actually, I don't know much about velour in general. I have one pair of velour lounge pants that is ages old. I am a relatively hard launderer: warm wash, delicate dry, and I wonder whether that -- or the age -- is what makes the velour more stiff than soft. Or is velour just like that when you wash it? No, we don't use fabric softeners. I think we actually finally found an unscented dryer sheet with no added perfume; not sure why we never use it. Maybe it was just the thought of putting a sheet infused with oil into the dryer, or maybe we just forget.

Also, is velour hard or easy to sew, in general? Does the pile make it messy?

BTW, just for the record: I am not trying to enable anyone, nor was I with the flannel. I haven't even bought any of the that myself (yet?).

TIA if you care to share!

Liz
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Date: 12/17/12 4:18 PM

I bought the 80% cotton/20% polyester velour from them in two different colors. I just washed up one and cut it out today.

It is beautiful, really. The off white one is slightly see through so I am making a top out of it. I also got the iced aqua and it does not seem see through. They both have a nice weight to them IMO.

I might consider making a pair of lounge yoga pants out of the aqua color but not the white. Still, I think I am going to make tops out of both of them.

I have not sewed it yet but it feels like it will be a dream to sew. It DOES curl a bit though, so there will be that to fight a bit.

I am really very happy with the purchase and am considering buying some more now that it is on sale (how come it always comes on sale right after I buy it? LOL)

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Date: 12/17/12 6:16 PM

We have very hard (rural) water, and although we use a water softener, there seems to be a limit to the effectiveness. When clothing or towels get stiff here, it usually means they have a lot of lime deposits on them. Sometimes it helps to soak them a few hours in vinegar (or other mild acid) and then rewash them.

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Date: 12/18/12 3:56 AM

I love the cotton/poly velours if they are heavy enough. The dark colors will fade over time somewhat, but they don't pill up like most knits do - and they are very comfortable! Now I don't know about these from FM so I can't speak to their quality. I have several sets of lounge wear made from the cotton/poly velours in RTW and absolutely love them. I've made robes from several pieces - they are warm without being too hot from the poly, and the poly does help them keep their color for quite a long time. I do wash them in cold water to protect them from fading and they seem to come good and clean and I do use a fabric softner in them. Because of the predominance of cotton, it doesn't seem to bother the nap any.

I don't care for the 100% poly - they aren't very heavy usually and isn't nearly as pretty - especially the crushed ones. I've wondered about these cotton/poly ones from Fabric Mart myself. I've been tempted several times, but I do have so much fabric and I need to make up what I have!

ETA: It's my go to fabric for around the house - just as warm as fleece, but again - doesn't pill up at all!! I trait I really hate in knits! It's also a little more "dressy" than sweats.
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Date: 12/18/12 8:56 AM

I bought a piece of winter white several years ago (with lycra) and made a Butterick wrap dress with it. Here is the link to the dress pattern:
http://sewing.patternreview.com/Patterns/16575

It was a great dress very versatile for winter. Dress up or down. I have no complaints with the fabric at all!

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Date: 12/18/12 8:57 AM

Oh I forgot, I did buy it from Fabric Mart.

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Date: 12/18/12 3:04 PM

Thanks for all the info everyone!!

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Date: 12/27/12 7:50 PM

I purchased the heather grey velor from fabric mart and made this top Cowl neck stretch velor top I washed the fabric before cutting it out and it was very soft.

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