$ 6.00 $ 15.00
Opulent, sumptuous drapey silk/rayon velvet in a dramatic pine green and black zebra print. Silk velvet appears delicate but in fact is a workhorse fabric which takes as well to the street as the ballroom. You can take different approaches to sewing with it depending on the result you want. It starts out smooth, but I like to toss the fabric in the washer/dryer before cutting, then when finished, wet the garment and add pleats. OR...keep it smooth and flat. This takes more care, patience, practice and skill. (I recommend you start with a project that is crushed or crinkled). Your ‘touch’ and how you handle the fabric make a big difference in the final result. Mid/light weight, has a silky surface with velvet sheen, smooth back side, one way nap and fluid, liquid drape. The weight is right for a dress, skirt, duster, vest, jacket or soft pants. 
Crushed/pleated soft silk velvet pants are a staple in my winter/holiday wardrobe. Check out the video below to see how I pleat silk velvet pants - a technique you can use with any garment.

Pre-treat: steam/dry clean to keep the original texture or toss in the washer/dryer.

Sewing & Pressing Tips

Mark with tailor’s tacks. I use embroidery thread for this as it does not pull out easily. Take one stitch through the fabric leaving 3⁄4” tails. One stitch only. Then gently separate the layers and clip the threads.
OR...mark with a dressmaker’s pencil, making a dot at each marking. I lick the pencil to give it a bit more color and lasting power.
The biggest sewing challenge is to keep the fabric from shifting as you sew.

My preferred method is to use a walking foot in combination with spray adhesive like 505 Spray.
Cover your work surface with paper, and carefully mask off the seam allowance with paper.
Spray a light consistent amount of spray within the seam allowance, then carefully line up the edges, right sides together and stitch. This is quick and works beautifully. It is a little known secret of couture houses that for years the seamstresses have relied on similar spray adhesives for just this purpose.
Pressing: Keep a light hand, use a LOT of steam, and use a clapper.