Persian Lamb Velvet
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  • Persian Lamb Velvet

    Persian Lamb is a classic velvet fabric with the appearance of fur. It is a beautiful fabric with a variety of applications. Your Persian lamb velvet garments and accessories can be elegant or trendy, depending on your pattern choice.

    Pretreatment:

    Dry clean only. Be sure to indicate to your dry cleaner that this is a velvet fabric.

    Needles and Thread:

    Use the sharpest needle you can find. Quilters' machine needles or Microtex needles are the sharpest needles currently marketed; choose a size 75/11 or smaller for your Persian Lamb project. Use cotton, cotton/polyester, or all polyester thread for this fabric. For a luxury detail, silk thread is a beautiful choice.

    Interfacing:

    Cool fuse interfacings, which do not require a great deal of pressure from the iron, are the best choices for fusible interfacings for this fabric. For a sew-in interfacing, use silk organza or batiste for areas that need to remain soft. For more structured pieces, hair canvas is an excellent choice, or choose flannel for a bit of loftiness.

    Seams, Seam Finishes, and Hems:

    Standard straight seams, 2.5 in length, are best for Persian Lamb. Use a walking foot (even feed foot) for best results. If you do not have a walking foot, hand-baste seams before machine stitching. Hems should be clean-finished with binding or a serged edge before hand or machine hemming. Seams can be finished with seam tape, binding, or a serged edge. If use a serger to finish the seams, try using the 2-thread overlock stitch to eliminate as much bulk as possible. For the best interior finish, line the garment.

    Pattern suggestions:

    Simple lines are best; let this fabric be the star! Coats, jackets, shirt-jackets, and cardigans are perennial favorites in this fabric. Details such as collars and cuffs are also classic choices for Persian lamb.

    Creative possibilities:

    Try adding a wide band of Persian lamb at the hem of a simple skirt. Or cut a shape from Persian lamb, line the shape with lining fabric, and then appliqué the shape to a garment leaving the upper edge open. This makes a fun pocket!

    Additional Tips:

    Use a velvet board or thick terry towel on the surface of your ironing board to prevent crushing the fabric when pressing seams. For long-term storage, wrap in acid-free tissue and store flat.

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