Beautiful black burnout velvet woven. Devoré, also called burnout, is a fabric technique particularly used on velvets, where a mixed-fibre material undergoes a chemical process to dissolve the cellulose fibers to create a semi-transparent pattern against more solidly woven fabric. This beauty has an abstracted geometric design. Light weight with a soft velvety surface, a luxurious hand, silky smooth on the back side, and a fluid drape. Cut for nap. A fabric to dress up or down, right for a top, shirt, dress, skirt, cardigan, hoodie, jacket, coat or soft pants.
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 ¾” 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.
2+ units (1+ yard)