Panné velvet is a very cheap fabric. If something is really cheap, most people think: this fabric is probably not such a great quality. But this is unjustified. Velours de panne is ideal for women's clothing, skirts, nightwear and party wear.
Panné velvet - just for parties?
You may find Panné Velvet in the fabric stores in between the party fabrics or carnival fabrics. This fabric can also often be found in these categories online as well. It is also because Panné Velvet is made in many colors and often in bright, eye-catching colors. But if you were to see a beautiful colored Panné Velvet between the fashion fabrics, you would get a completely different picture.
Panné Velvet is available in black, gray, light gray, purple, light purple, lilac, dark fuchia, light fuchia, old pink, dark blue, light blue, jeans blue, cobalt, aqua, mint, dark green, olive, olive gold, bright green, green, kiwi, gold, yellow, bright yellow, burgundy, red, bright red, orange, bright orange, dark brown, brown, sand, ecru, and white.
Velor or Panné Velvet
Panné Velvet is a woven or knitted fabric. If the fabric is knitted then the fabric is heavier and it is not velvet. However, woven velor is made in the same way as velvet and is therefore also considered velvet. Woven velor is thicker than velvet. This velvet is also often used for interior and as curtain fabric.
Panné Velvet is wrinkled, the nap goes in all directions and the fabric is light and very elastic. Panné velvet is also often referred to as stretch velvet. Terms such as Lycra velvet or Lycra velvet are also used.
Panné Velvet is a cheap type of fabric and ideal for Cosplay, carnival or gala clothing where it mainly concerns clothing that has to be tight and very elastic. It looks a bit cheaper than real velvet but is therefore cheaper and better suited for tight, figure-enhancing clothing. To make it even more complicated, or even clearer. Velvet can also be plain stretch velvet. It then has the same appearance but a small part of stretch incorporated. The stretch velvet therefore looks calmer than velvet, but is less elastic or stretchable. So you can recognize Panné Velvet mainly by the crease structure and because the nap goes in all directions.
What can we do with Panné Velvet?
We admit, the fabric type is not a fabric that we often use and certainly not for a Chanel-Style jacket. The fabric is not easy to sew, see our blog: How to handle difficult fabrics?
But we still like the beautiful fabric which is not only very cheap, but also very useful for certain clothing and other applications. If a sewing pattern indicates that the dress or other garment piece can be made with highly elastic fabrics, or lycra, Panné Velvet is also a great option.
For example, we have made Vogue V1520 from Panné Velvet in light blue. The dress is a beautiful Vogue classic and very comfortable to wear due to the Panné Velvet .
We also made a mega skirt of lavender Panné Velvet for studio Erik Bolding in Meppel. The skirt is ideal for photo shoots and apart from that, Panné Velvet is a beautiful decorative fabric for decors anyway.
The crease structure gives many variations in terms of light and can provide beautiful shadows. The nap of the fabric goes in all directions, so you do not have to take into account the one-way nap such as velvet and corduroy.
Panné velvet or Velors de panne, is a cheap fabric that is often misunderstood. The fabric can look cheap due to the bright colors and party-appearance. But you can certainly make beautiful garments from Panné Velvet such as tight long dresses, mega skirts for photo shoots or casual clothing that is nice and comfortable and yet gets a special look through the structure of the fabric. Mixing Panné Velvet with other (stretch!) Fabrics can also give a very nice effect.
Let's love Panné Velvet a litle bit more !