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Velvet in the Studio

Posted above is a purse in progress that I am making from cotton velvet in sage green with an ultrasuede flap, applique and strap. I've worked with velvet in the past and it is always a challenge. It can tend to shift while you are sewing even if you pin it down with tons of pins. Because it is a pile fabric, velvet requires special handling. I found some tips on the internet that were very helpful such as how to establish the grain of the fabric, how to cut out your pattern pieces and which needle size is best. In the end it is still a challenge but worth the effort!

Below I posted some velvet handbags from last years collection for you to peruse. 

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