Nicky Velour Fabric

Nicky Velour Emerald

Nicky velour is a soft and cosy fabric with an impecable history. Nickys were first developed in 16th century Italy, where they would be used as bedding for royalty or wealthy citizens of the city-states who could afford such luxuries. Today we use them to add comfort when sewing any type of clothing because it’s been know to relieve pressure on many joints while providing gentle stretch that moves easily against your skin without cutting off circulation like other fabrics might do!

For clothing nicky velour was insanely poplular in sixties and seventies, when velour jumpers, srousers skirts and dresses were mandatory in every wardrobe! And as we all know retro fashion trends are back so is nicky velour!

So what is actually nicky velour fabric?

Nicky velour is mostly made from a high proportion  of cotton and a blend of some other fibre, such as polyester. This gives it its stretch ad high comfort level. In contrast to woven velvets nicky velours are made by knitting fibres together. During production process an additional thread is worked into the fabric create loops on surface. Those loops are that cut. This proces gives ability to stretch and gain the soft handle of the material. This also gives the fabric its velvety look on the right side.
 We have growig selection of nicky velour on our website and we are planning to bring much more of colours and designs in the near future as it is gaining more and more popularity amongst our customers.


How to work nicky velour?

The first thisng you need to know when working with Nicky Velour is that it has a grain in the pile. This means that if you stroke the fabric along the salvage and you feel resistance that means it’s against the grain. If you stroke alog the grain it will be smooth and no resistance will be present. So stroke first to make sure you cut it against the grain so finished garmant when stricked from top to botom the fibres resist. Remember all pattern pieces must point in the same direction.
When you move to cuttung the fabric make sure you mark your pieces carefully with non invasive medium like tailors chalk. The fabric is smooth on the wroh side and sometimes markings can show on the other side.
Use 70 or 80 size needle. Using a twin needle to create double line at hems is always a good idea with this fabric (or anu other stretchy fabrics in general) 
The seams that don’t need to be stretchy can be reingorced with bias tape (ie shoulder seams)
 Overlocker is very helpful but not necessary. Zig zag or longer straight stitch is your best friend with this fabric. Those stitches retain stretch of the material.

How to care for Nicky Velour?

Caring for Nicky is very easy. All it takes is 30 degrees delicate washing cycle. That’s it. There is no need to iron it if you flat dry it. It also cannot be tumble dried. If you find yourself in the situaltion when you have to iron it do it on the wrong side of the fabric with medium settings. 

Nicky is a very durable fabric and will serve you well and long time if treated with tips we gave you above!

So, what can you actually made from Nicky Velour?

I want to say possibilities are endless!

This fabric is o versitaile and easy to work with, it can be used for all sorts of projets. It has perfect weight, somewhat luxurious feel to it but at the same time comfortable and cosy which make perfect sense for tops, troursers, tunics, blazers and dressing gows through children’s and baby wear and accessories like blankets. It is also perfect for soft furnishing if you would like to give your home a retro vibe, or bags and toy making due to its durability ans easy care procedures. 


If you are looking for durable and comfortable fabric which will give you a cosy and warm feeling Nicky Velour is your fabric. 

Easy to sew and care for with mostly natural fibre this fabric is also perfect for sewers who strart their adventure with stretchy fabrics.

Give it a go and you will not regret it. Available at Bella Fabrics now here

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