When I spotted Rachel Ashwell‘s washable velvet slipcover I started thinking about velvet in an entirely new way. I like the washed-worn look and not-so-perfect fit. The overall feel is more comfy-cozy than formal upholstered velvet pieces. I’m inspired!
The last time I made anything from velvet was back in the 1970’s when I sewed practically all of my own clothes. The velvet fabrics I used were so slippery to sew! Pressing had it’s own challenges. Machine washing them was out of the question.
Fast forward 30+ years and a whole new generation of velvet fabrics are available: distressed velvet, vintage velvet, heather velvet, chenille and velour that look like velvet, etc. Not all are machine washable or easy to sew but now we have options galore. I haven’t experimented with velvet recently but when I do I will opt for a washable 100% cotton or cotton blend and stay away from the slinky and stretchy polyester-nylon-acrylic versions.
Velvet upholstered sofas and chairs are trending! Here are a few pieces I found that have the relaxed, lived-in look I like so much. Great inspiration for slipcovers.