The key to a successful sewing project starts with the fabric. You have to get it right and it’s not as easy as it sounds. There are lots of things to keep in mind. Here are some pointers that should guarantee success.
What Will The Fabric Be Used For?
The very first thing you must keep in mind is the purpose of the fabric. What is it going to be? A blouse? A cushion? It sounds simple but it’s worth remembering that material made for home furnishings are very different to that made for clothing.
It’s all about the fabric weight – fabrics come in many weights and this decides how they drape and fall. It’s very important then to check this before you make the purchase. Although you may love the fabric pattern in the home décor section it just won’t work as that pleated skirt you have wanted to make!
If its clothes you are making, certain fabrics can help you along the way. If you want a wrinkle free and washable fabric, look out for items with spandex, gabardine or good old Lycra in them. These are the key ingredients that will ensure a good fit and will be low maintenance to look after.
If you are designing items for the summer season, stay well away from the wools. Keep everything lightweight and opt for cottons, chiffons and georgette fabrics. These flow nicely and can be worked into delicate shapes. Keep the purpose in mind and you can’t go wrong!
How Much Will the Fabric Cost
? Fabric comes at a price and sometimes the cost can surprise you. Cotton is a basic item but there are varying standards in the type of cotton available. You can pay up to £4 a yard for the finest variety from a top haberdashery store so be warned!
If this is a practice project, there is no need to go all out and get the designer fabric. A scrap piece or a basic bit of cotton will do the trick. That way you can save the cash and splash out for the real deal!
As well as thinking about the purpose of the fabric and its the cost, its good to go that little bit further and learn some general rules.
We could talk about fabric all day. There are lots of factors to consider – everything from the weight, colour and price should be kept in mind.