Collection: Velvet Dressmaking

At Fabrics Galore we have a wide selection of stretch velvet fabric to buy online. You can buy any of our high-quality velvet dress fabrics by the half metre and with fast delivery, you’ll be starting your velvet dressmaking project in no time!

We stock a lovely selection of stretch velvet fabrics in a variety of gorgeous colours, ideal for a dress or top. The stretch velvet fabrics have a lovely drape and sheen in a medium weight perfect for that special garment. Velvet is a luxurious fabric but doesn’t have to come with the expensive price tag.  If you are thinking of sewing a glamorous evening dress, stretch velvet is an ideal choice of fabric.

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What is stretch velvet fabric made of?

Velvet can refer to material made of numerous different fibres. Traditionally, velvet was a luxury fabric made entirely of silk which is how it got its high price tag. Today there are cheaper velvet fabrics made with a combination of synthetic fibres such as polyester and viscose. Stretch velvet fabric refers to a synthetic velvet which has added Spandex with the polyester to create the stretch quality desired in dress-making.

What is the best velvet dress fabric?

The best type of velvet fabric really depends on your intended use. A silk velvet is the ultimate luxury velvet product, soft with a beautiful drape and can be used in dressmaking or home furnishing sewing. Crushed velvet is twisted when wet to create the crushed effect which is popular in fashion. Stretch velvet made from polyester and elastane is a lovely figure-hugging fabric ideal for evening dresses.

 Is stretch velvet stretchy?

Velvet is stretchy when the fibre combination includes spandex or elastane. Stretch velvet is ideal for dressmaking.  

 Can you wash stretch velvet?

Both silk and cotton velvet require a lot of care when cleaning to maintain the lustre of the fabric. Polyester or microfibre velvet is much easier to care for as it is more resistant to dirt and stains and therefore useful for upholstery. Most people recommend dry-cleaning velvet, but some velvet fabrics can be washed on a gentle machine cycle or hand-washed.

 At Fabrics Galore, we also stock super soft home furnishing velvet fabrics which are a perfect weight for cushions or curtains or upholstered chair. View our full range of velvet fabrics below!

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Welcome to the Fabrics Galore London online store, packed full of beautiful fabrics to inspire your next dressmaking, patchwork quilting, craft or home furnishing sewing project. We stock a huge range of different materials alongside designer fabrics from Liberty, Cath Kidston, Orla Kiely, Laura Ashley, William Morris and Alexander Henry. We source the highest quality fabrics, so whether it be a cotton, linen, viscose, chambray, jersey or wool, we have you covered.Check out our dressmaking fabric for something with drape, fabulous Liberty cotton lawn prints, quilting fabrics for patchwork inspiration or the home furnishing section to pimp your pad. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get sewing!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you sell by the metre?

We sell by the half metre on our website (the price is therefore displayed by the half metre) to allow our customers more flexibility. If you wish to buy a metre, you need to buy two units, but don’t worry, it will always be cut in one continuous length. 

Can I pay for next day delivery?

We can send your fabric by courier which should arrive the next day, for the additional cost of £12. The simplest way to do this is by sending us an email or by calling the shop on 0207 738 9589. We would need to know before 1pm, and we are unable to organise a Saturday delivery. 

Can I buy your fabrics if I live outside the UK?

Yes, we ship to Europe. For all the details, see our Shipping Page.  

Do you send out samples?

We do, our samples are 10 cm by the width of the fabric (usually 112cm or 137cm) and cost 10% of the fabric’s metre price plus £1.50 for postage. Simply go to our Request a Swatch page.

Is there an actual shop I can visit?

Yes, we have a shop in South London. All the fabrics, which are available online (and more) are in the shop alongside a small haberdashery and pattern range. 

The address is 52-54 Lavender Hill, Battersea, London, SW11 5RH.

Is it possible to get a wholesale price?

We are a fabric retailer rather than a wholesaler so the short answer is no, but if you are looking for a large quantity of fabric, it is best to email us on to see if we can help you out.

What does OEKO-TEX 100 mean?

OEKO-TEX 100 means the fabric has been tested for 100 harmful substances. The testing and certification process extends far beyond existing legal requirements, testing not only for substances already banned, but also for chemicals known to be unsafe, but not yet controlled by legislation. Fabrics which meet OEKO-TEX 100 are great for children’s clothing or underwear. 

How quickly will I get my order?

All our orders are sent out by Royal Mail First Class so should be with you within a few days of fulfilment and often within 1-2 days. We send fabric out on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. During busy periods such as sales, deliveries may take slightly longer, and we are always grateful for your patience.

Where do your fabrics come from?

We stock British fabrics as well as fabrics from suppliers all over the world - including Germany, Italy, Taiwan and India. 

Will you be at any shows this year?

In recent years we have cut back on the number of shows we attend but we do still go to several. For the full list have a look on our Events Page.   

Can I order a specific fabric from a supplier which you stock but isn’t on your website?

We select our fabrics from various ranges to create the interesting collections we offer and it’s rare that we buy the whole range. If you have a specific fabric you are looking for, it’s best to email us to find out if we can help you. Our email address is

When will out of stock fabrics be available again?

When we sell out of a popular fabric such as our cream bouclé, we will try very hard to get it back in quickly. As soon as it arrives, it will go straight back on our website, and we will notify our customers via social media or our weekly newsletter. If you wanted to sign up so you never miss a thing, subscribe on our simple sign up form

Do you offer gift cards?

Yes, we do have a few different types: you can buy a voucher for Free Postage for a Whole Year gift card. Or you can buy vouchers for £10, £25, £50 or £100 which will be emailed over to you immediately, in case it’s a last-minute gift. See our gift voucher page.

What does GSM mean?

GSM stands for grams per square metre; the higher the number, the thicker and heavier the fabric will be. For example, a denim or a sweatshirt fabric will have a much higher GSM than a satin. 

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