Walking into a fabric shop for the first time is overwhelming to say the least. You have bought the pattern, read the instructions and you imagine yourself in the outfit that you want to make. But then you come face to face with the huge selection of fabric on offer! Where do you begin to start to find the perfect fabric for your first venture into home sewing.
In the early days, I just went straight for the quilting fabric. The bright colours and exciting designs on offer just drew me to them. But this fabric doesn’t suit all patterns which I soon found out. Tops that are too stiff and rub under the arms, skirts too thin to hold the structure the pattern desires, many of my early makes had little wear have gone into the charity bags. There is still metres of quilting cotton in my stash that one day will become something even if it’s not something I will wear.
But those early makes paved the way for my understanding of the many fabric types on offer. Now when I walk into a fabric shop, the colours don’t hit me first but the sections of fabrics get me thinking of my pattern stash and what pattern fits where best. My makes too have improved and I no longer feel that I’m wearing handmade but wearing customised, individual clothing that expresses exactly who I am.
I’ve created a Fabric cheat sheet to help you understand the overwhelming selection of fabric thats on offer in stores and also online. I’ve also suggested patterns that fit the fabric best. Some I have sewn, but many others are on my ‘To Sew’ list for the future.