When starting a sewing project, you have to begin it with either one of the two places – creating the pattern or choosing the right fabric. For a beginner, choosing the right fabric for a specific project can be daunting and confusing. So, to help all the sewing beginners out there, here are some few tips on how to choose the right fabric.
- Know all the types of fabric and their uses
There are several types of fabric; it is not only categorized according to their color, designs, and patterns, but it is also categorized according to its thickness, weight, drape, and stretch.
Below are some of the listed properties of fabrics that you need to know:
• Chambray – is a smooth and light-weight fabric but does not qualify as a good drape. However, you may use the fabric for shirts and blouses for sewing projects.
• Cotton voile – is a semi-sheer and light-weight fabric. Also, you may use it as a drape. Additionally, you may use the fabric for dress, shirts, and blouses sewing projects.
• Cotton lawn – is also a semi-sheer and light-weight fabric but a slightly crisper than the cotton voile. Also, you may use it as a drape too. This is best used for creating skirts too.
• Denim – it is a heavy-weight fabric that does can be less stretchable or used as a drape. This is best used for creating skirts too.
• Double gauze – is literally designed with two layers of woven gauze. It is extremely light and breathable; however, its sheerness is a problem.
• Flannel – is a light-weight, soft fabric that can be used to make jackets, shirts, and pants. Also, it works well for a cooler temperature.
• Knit – there are several types of knit, thus, the weight may come either light or medium. The degree of stretch may depend on the size of the knit and the pattern.
• Linen – is slightly elastic and medium-weight fabric that conducts heat, which is why it is best used for warm-weather sewing projects.
• Satin – is a silky and glossy fabric that is designed either light-weight or heavy-weight.
• Silk – is a delicate and light-weight fabric. It has a shimmery and slippery appearance. Also, best used as a drape.
• Wool – may come from 40 different sheep of different breeds; Perfect for cold weather sewing projects.
- Know your project
Your next step is to research your project. What would be the type of fabric best used for your current project? Does it necessarily need to have patterns? Does it necessarily need to be with bright colors? These questions will help you determine what to do with your new project. Or you can visit a website called The Fallen Hem to get some more tips about sewing.
- Buy the fabric
If you are done visualizing your project and have chosen the right fabric that will fit your project, then your next step is to purchase the fabric. However, make sure to purchase the exact meter; there are several times that beginners would either purchase not enough fabric or more than what will be used. Here’s a tip, when you purchase a fabric try buying at least 2-3 meters.