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« on: February 22, 2013 12:29:11 AM »

I have seven yards of black velveteen that I caught on sale.
I'm thinking of making an Assassin's Creed hoodie from some of it so that I don't have to buy more fabric.
Is this a terrible idea?
My mother thinks it is and says I should save the velveteen for something else.
Please keep in mind I won't be jumping straight to cutting on the velveteen as I've bought muslin to make a mock-up (have no idea what the proper term is) since I'm drafting the pattern up myself.
If it's unwise to make it from velveteen, it will have to wait because I'm trying to destash.

I have sewn velvet and velveteen before so I know it can be a nightmare if I'm not careful. (I made a pirate's coat of velvet.)

Honestly, what I need to know is would it be a good choice of fabric for a hoodie? (I say hoodie but I mean hooded jacket. Where I'm from, the terms are often interchangeable.)
I've seen velveteen used for costumes, especially coats and cloaks, but I've seen very few things beyond dressy shirts and pretty skirts made with velveteen. Well, except for the occasional display-only stuffed animal.

If you think I'm nuts, could you suggest a better fabric?
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2013 08:32:34 PM »

I don't think you're nuts at all! It could be a really awesome hoodie if the fit is right for your frame and you finish it well.

On a side note, my friends and I owned waaaay too many stretch velveteen garments in the late 90s...
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2013 06:56:08 PM »

I've got all my measurements. I just have to draw out the pattern and get to work.

I have a black stretch velveteen blouse. It's got bell sleeves and I love wearing it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2013 07:26:18 PM »

OMG my artsy friend in grade 8 musta had the long lost twin to the blouse you just described O.o

Looking forward to seeing how your hoodie turns out Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2013 08:05:50 PM »

I'm not even sure where it came from but I love it. I just know that I have it and I didn't buy it.

I have to find a space to draw up the pattern.
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013 09:37:45 AM »

I think the only challenge might be fraying on you seams and washability.  If it is washable an dyou finish your seams it should be great.
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2013 07:30:10 PM »

The bolt tag said machine wash on delicate but I would rather take it to a dry cleaner if it got dirty. And I know about seam finishing and fraying so thanks for concern.
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2013 07:46:33 PM »

Girl, just go for it.  This sounds adorable.  I can already think of so many color combos and trims and pocket ideas....it will be so cool. 
I have a velvet sweatshirt from American Apparel (bought it 2007 or so) that is the love of my life. So soft and pretty and fancy/casual.  I machine wash cold inside a pillow slip.  VelvetTEEN, of course, is a bit more difficult, but whatevs!  It's not like you'd have to wash it all the time anyway, you'd wear a shirt underneath probably.  It's not velvet underpants.   
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2013 10:59:44 PM »

I don't think velvet underpants would be comfortable.

I'm having issues finding somewhere to lay out my paper to draw the pattern. Y'see, we have a puppy and he thinks all newspapers are the enemy and must be shredded on sight.
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