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3 Key Points for Choosing the Right Fabric
November 10,2021 Crafts & Fabrics

Why fabric matters when making clothes

The most important element of a garment is the fabric. It doesn't matter how good the stitching is on the garment - if the garment is made of the wrong fabric, it won't do the design justice and look like a disaster.
 
Picture this: you have a great idea, you make the sketch and you turn it into a sewing pattern. The next step is to make it, but in order to do this you need the fabric. Read on to discover our tips to make your fabric purchases easier:
 
Choosing the right fabric for your clothes
Can't wait to go shopping for fabrics! Mentally prepare and walk into the store with an image of your design in your mind (or hand), aware of the colors you want and a very clear idea of ​​how you want the final garment to look.
 
It can be easy to get overwhelmed with the number and types of fabrics available, but if you start your fabric shipment with these factors in mind, it will simplify your time spent choosing your fabric:
 
1. Take into account the weight of the fabric
The weight of a fabric is measured in GSM (grams per square meter) and defines the weight or lightness of a fabric. Don't worry, you don't have to measure the weight of the fabric in the store. Measuring the weight of the fabric is a way to measure the thickness of the material and tell the difference between light, medium, or heavy fabric.
 
 
2. Examine the fabric sheet
The drape determines the fluidity of the fabric. In other words, stiff fabrics have less drape and loose fabrics have more drape. Easy! But be careful with this term. Drape is often confused with weight, but these are two different factors that affect the appearance of clothing.
 
Fabric with more drape will float the skirt away from your body, unlike fabric with a soft drape that will fold it closer to your body. For example, if you want a flowing skirt, you should choose a thin, well-draped fabric, but if you want a more structured skirt, choose a stiff, thick fabric.
 
3. Test the stretch of the fabric
Stretch is the stretch of your fabric. Fabrics have different elasticities (the ability of textile fibers to "bounce back" when stretched). When choosing a stretchy fabric, you need to make sure that it fits your model, as this can change the way the end product fits the body.
 
To measure the stretch of a fabric, stretch 5 "of fabric on a ruler, holding one end over the zero mark and stretching the other until you feel resistance, then divide that number by the length original fabric. For example: if your fabric stretches up to 7.5 ″, it stretches 2.5 ″ beyond the original length. This is a stretch at 50%.
 
Calculation: 2.5 (amount of stretch) / 5 (original length) = 0.5 x 100 = 50%.

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