Description : Double-weave with a raised blistered or quilted-effect pattern. The back of the fabric shows a fine plain-weave. Matelassé is made in all fibre types. It tends to be bulky and difficult to ease. It ravels badly, but its uneven suface hides stitching irregularities.
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Dyes, color treatment and washing characteristics : Preshrink with steam or dry clean.
Draping properties :
Cutting properties : Use a press cloth when pressing the right side. To avoid flattening the fabric, use a thick towel as a press cloth.
Sewing challenges : Avoid small details and intricate seams. Stitch carefully, as seam ripping will mar the fabric. Underline the garment where possible and appropriate - for this, use silk organza or voile if the goal is to maintain suppleness, cotton interfacing to add body and maintain shape. Use a water soluble stabilizer for buttonholes. Likewise, stabilize the opening with lightweight interfacing when sewing in a zipper. Use a test piece to avoid problems. Serge or zigzag edges.
Example creations :
Uses worldwide : Special occasion and formal wear, suits, coats, dresses, skirts, pants, sometimes handbags.
Origins and history :
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