Description : A cotton fabric (sometimes including some silk) that is made to resemble velvet. It has a cut pile. Velveteen combines well with other fabrics.
Fabrication : The fabric is made with an extra set of filling yarns which are cut using circular knives turning at high speed - this is what creates the pile.
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Dyes, color treatment and washing characteristics : Velveteens readily take dyes and prints. Many velveteens will shrink when washed. They can be machine washed or dry-cleaned, depending on preference, although they sometimes lose some luster after machine-washing.
Draping properties : Velveteen does not drape as well as velvet. It should be hung for storage, not folded away.
Cutting properties : Velveteen may shed at its raw edges. Because it has a nap, it may require a single layer layout, especially for heavier fabrics.
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Uses worldwide : Velveteen is a popular fabric used in a range of garments, including sportswear, skirts, jackets, coats, pants, bedspreads, cushions, pillows, for children's wear, for linings, and sometimes for evening gowns.
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