As mentioned, yesterday I bought three metres of black wool crepe and black/white polka dot satin. Claire of Sew Incidentally and I pondered whether or not the crepe really was wool (as the Man Outside Sainsburys claimed) or polyester. So I decided to do a swatch test of both fabrics, and threw in a third fabric I’m currently working with.
Each swatch was cut to 10x10cm or thereabouts and went in a 40 degree wash with another load. I try to wash at 30 degrees, but sometimes forget that I’m meant to be saving the planet, so always like to test my fabrics at the temperature they might risk should I be in a rush and/or just fancy putting things through on a warmer cycle.
My crepe shrunk by a good centimetre, and felted. So maybe it is wool, after all. We should be less cynical! And now I know to take my final make to the dry cleaners. The swatch test is a really good idea (and one I often forget!) if you’re a bit nervous about putting all your lovely new fabric through the washing machine.
In other news, I’ve ordered some fabulous interfacing from English Couture. I really, really recommend quality when it comes to anything like an interlining or interfacing. Cheap as chips is not always the best way – and you know how much it pains me to write that! Here’s some fine fusible interfacing that they describe as ‘the closest thing to fusible organza’. It is soooo soft and full of drape:
And here’s a fusible superweight in black, glued side facing camera:
Another good UK source for interlinings and interfacings is MacCulloch & Wallis. Do you know any more?