Know your fabric types

Know your fabric

While fabric shopping is one of life’s greatest pleasures (FACT), the sheer variety of dressmaking fabric available can sometimes be a tad daunting when you’re trying to figure out the right type for your next project. Start foraging for different fabrics and a world of discovery awaits you, and we’re here to help. We’ve put together a handy Know Your Fabric guide in issue 20 of the magazine, featuring some of the most common fabrics, and we’ve put together a more detailed fabric know-how guide here for you to download and refer to the next time you’re foxed by fabric types.

Simply Sewing know your fabrics guideFabrics are made from different types of fibres, either natural or manmade, which influence how they behave. Fabrics can be woven, non woven and knitted, which affects their weight, drape and stretch. To add an extra ingredient into the mix, many fabrics can be bought in different weights, too.

If in doubt, start by thinking about what you want your fabric to do and choose one that suits. For example, if you’re making a summer dress then you’ll want something lightweight – we’d suggest a woven, natural fibre such as cotton, which is breathable but has a little synthetic fibre added to give it drape, like Challis.

It’s always good to physically feel and see a fabric before you buy, but with so many tempting online shops out there, you may not get the chance. So download our free fabric know-how guide now and you’ll be armed with the information you need to always find the perfect fabric.