Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fabric of the week: Burn-out fabric

Are you burned out on fabric? No I’m not either. On the other hand, here is a fabric that is burned out.

Burn-out fabric 

Burn-out (burned-out, burnt-out) fabric is woven of more than one fiber type, then printed with a chemical that will destroy the surface fiber, leaving the ground intact. The result is a fabric patterned with a distinct surface and ground. The ground is usually sheer. 
Velvet is probably the most common type of burn-out fabric. Dévoré (literally “devoured”) velvet is synonymous. 
Uses: Evening wear, bridal, scarves 
See also:

Burn-out velvet
Dévoré velvet
Façonné velvet
, Velvet

Burn-out fabric (1930s)
Burn-out velvet (1930s)
©Vintage Fashion Guild - Text by Margaret Wilds/denisebrain,  photos by Hoyt Carter

I’ve just listed this 1920s burn-out velvet dress in my Etsy shop:

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