How to choose the best Fabric?
Choosing cloth is that the most vital step in stitching a garment. The wrong alternative will mean an enormous disappointment — and we’ve been there. Fortunately, there’s usually more than one “right” fabric for any pattern, and with a few pointers you can easily hit the mark.
How to choose fabric for clothes?
When starting a sewing project, you’ll begin in one of two places: either you’ll have fallen in love with a pattern and need fabric to make it, or you’ll have fallen in love with a fabric and need to find a suitable pattern. Either way, you’re in love. So that’s a good start.
Have a pattern?
Patterns can tell you which of them varieties of cloth they were designed. A pattern is a sewing, template to tell from which part of a cloth it’s been traced.
Different weaves make different fabrics, the most common weaves are the following:
Poplin is also called broadcloth, it is a plain weave signifying the threads alternately cross over and then under each other, which results in a very smooth and durable fabric that has a sleek hand feel, especially when with a higher thread count for a sharper look, poplin’s look very crisp when ironed.
Twill fabrics are known to have a weft thread that runs over and under multiple warp threads as opposed to a simple plain weave where the weft only crosses a single warp thread at a time. This creates interesting patterns like a herringbone, houndstooth or a simple, diagonal rib. Twills are known to be very durable fabrics that have a softer hand feel than poplin’s and are a bit more sheen.
The traditional oxford is known as a type of basket weave in which multiple weft threads cross over an equal number of warp threads. The threads are usually of a single colour crossed with a white to give oxford its unique and exclusive checkerboard appearance. It is a flexible fabric that can be worn casually and professionally depending on the thread count and finish.
The dobby weave is commonly known as a weave because dobby weaves have a unique geometric pattern in the fabric that comes in all kinds of colours, patterns and weights. Dobby weave is accomplished by using a special loom that raises and lowers the warp threads one at a time individually, allowing the weaver to create the geometrically distinct pattern.
Herringbone weaves are mostly found in wool fabrics and suiting, they are often found in dress shirting as well. Herringbone weave is a type of twill which has a typical ‘V’ shape pattern, named after the herring fish. The weave tends to be slightly heavier in weight, and are more often found in seasonal shirting fabrics for cold weather.