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The Ladies' Home Journal

September 1893

The New Colors and Materials

Author: Emma M. Hooper

Section V: Velvets and Velveteens

Velvet for dresses, capes, millinery and trimmings is the fiat of Dame Fashion, which is more easily obeyed when we remember that velvet enriches all other fabrics and is universally becoming. There are plain, changeable and ombre velvets; also the miroir or looking-glass velvet, which has a surface that seems polished, so highly reflective is it. Silk- dotted, corded, silk-striped, boucle' and cross-barred velvets rank with the novelties, but the plain or miroir will lead. Do not expect to get a nice velvet under $1.50 to $1.75 in plain, or $2.50 for a changeable, for you will come to grief if you do. Velvet is much higher than two years ago, and there are many poor makes on the market. A good velvet should have a high lustre, even and close pile and not break when folded. When velveteens first came out they were crude to what they are now in colors and finish, though they always wore well. Now they are in exquisite evening shades, as well as in black and all the medium tints. They are used for dresses, capes, evening cloaks, fancy jackets and trimmings. In using velvet or velveteen see that the pile of each piece of a garment runs the same way, which should be down. The best of velveteen runs from $1.00 per yard, and is twenty-four inches wide, though some qualities commence as low as fifty cents per yard at retail. Velveteens are also for small boys' suits, men's smoking jackets and a light weight for millinery. Rather than a poor velvet use a good velveteen, but a nice velvet is a beautiful and rich material, and one which will be popular in 1893-94.

Click on this article's sections to view:

 Article Intro

 Names for the New Colors

 Combining the Shades

 Novelties in Dress Goods

 Novelties in Silk Fabrics

 Velvets and Velveteens

 Use of Combinations

 The First Fall Gown


Bibliographical Information:

Hooper, Emma M. "The New Colors and Materials", The Ladies' Home Journal, Vol. X, No. 10, September 1893, p. 18.

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