At which point during a make do you feel confident you’ve chosen the right fabric?
- At Moment Of Purchase
- During Cutting Out
- Sewing The Outfit Together
- Trying It On
- After Wearing For A Few Days
It’s a tricky one, isn’t it?
I was mulling this over as I cut out fabric for a new outfit. I’d ordered online and felt certain the fabric was perfect for my chosen make. But during the cutting out stage, I started to wobble. And honestly? I don’t think I’ll fully know until the final seam has been sewn.
So, what are some of the considerations to bear in mind, when matching a sewing pattern to fabric?
PRINT – Go big, or go home. Well, that’s one theory. A big print can provide all sorts of challenges. I think I dodged a bullet with this dress and its huge daisies.
DRAPE – Not enough, and your dress can stand up on its own. Too much, and your outfit ain’t ever gonna work. This beautiful dress – Butterick 5880 – was spoilt because the fabric had too much drape to support the notched neckline. Sob! Such a crying shame as that dress was uber-flattering.
SEASONAL – Does your fabric suit the season? Not gonna lie, this V9275 longline bomber jacket has been a much-worn big success. The wool, bought from Fabric Godmother, is thick enough to stand up to the coldest winters. And don’t forget the lining – this quilted lining from Stoff & Stil is worth every penny.
PATTERN RECOMMENDATIONS – What fabric does the pattern advise you to work with? Yeah, if you’ve figured out how to follow those rules, do let me know.
BUY IN PERSON – Ooh, contentious as the high street dwindles before our eyes and shopping moves increasingly online. But I don’t think you can beat the feel of fabric between your finger tips. It lights up your imagination, but more than that – it allows you to judge how the finished item might wear.
LOOK AT READY TO WEAR – What is our elusive high street selling and in what fabric or print? I regularly trawl websites or pop into shops, to judge not only fashion but also how clothes work. Pop down your local high street. Maybe it looks like this? Maybe not…
Okay, over to you. How do you match fabric and sewing pattern and what have you learnt from your mistakes – and your successes!