​HOW TO; FABRIC SHOPPING

HOW TO; FABRIC SHOPPING

Hey guys! Everyone is fabulous, I hope.

It’s mid-week already, can you believe it? The days are going by so, so fast.

In a previous post I promised to do a post on “How To Shop For Fabric”. I apologise for the delay of this post,  thank God it’s finally here.

 Print fabric

I’ll start with the basics.

FABRIC TYPES

  • Woven fabric
  • Knit fabric
  • Natural fabric (E.g. cotton, linen)
  • Synthetic fabric (E.g. nylon, polyester, acrylic, spandex)
  • Semi-synthetic
 Silk, cotton, knit et.c.

COMMON FABRIC

  • Cotton
  • Rayon
  • Knit
  • Silk
  • Linen
  • Denim
  • Wool
  • Faux fur
  • Real fur
  • Leather
  • Tulle
  • Chiffon
  • Satin
  • Lace
  • Velvet

Now to the topic proper.

HOW TO BUY FABRIC

  1. Bring pictures: Taking pictures of the kind of fabric you want makes fabric shopping really easy especially if you’re not familiar with fabric types or names. Even when you are familiar with fabric types you may still need to take pictures along to be sure you’re getting exactly what you need.
  2. Feel the fabric: There are lots of textures when it comes to fabric. All these different textures come in colours & patterns. Depending on what you’re trying to achieve, you need to pay attention to the texture of the Fabric.
  3. When in doubt get 2 yards: Okay guys this is a very important tip for when you’re buying fabric randomly (for no particular project). It’s safer to buy at least 2 yards because no matter your size, you can always make do of 2 yards of fabric.
  4. Buy average stuff:  You don’t want to buy overly expensive stuff especially when you’re a beginner because in the course of practice or learning to perfect your skill you’ll be making a lot of mistakes and it’s going to cost you. Average stuff is more pocket friendly.
 Tie-dye fabric

Things to consider when buying fabric;

  • Shrinkage
  • Direction of print
  • Direction of stretch
  • Durability
 Floral print fabric

Shopping for fabric requires patience. Sometimes it’ll take a lot of moving around from store to store trying to get the perfect fabric for your project but it is so worth it, trust me. This is a really broad topic and I hope I’ve covered enough to help you with your next “fabric shopping venture” but if not, feel free to leave comments, questions in the comment section or send me an email and I’ll be too glad to respond as soon as possible.

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