Fabric …. you’ve missed a big step.
What do you think of when you shop? I think most of us, if we’re just shopping around looking at say clothing, we first look for something that catches our eye. Then we of course have to glance and maybe grimace at the price. I think this applies to all children’s & adult clothing and of course bags. But then if the price is right, what else do we look for? Well of course we have to see if they have it in our size,children’s size or bag style. But if this sounds like you, then you’ve missed a big step.
We’ve talked about quality before and if you have a reliable vendor that you’ve dealt with, you can usually have confidence they will come through for you again. So what about the fabric itself? It may look gorgeous when you first get it and fit to perfection. But how will it look in a few washes? How will it fit? Will it hang on you with that same smooth line? Can it be dried in your drier without destroying it? Should it even be washed or should it be dry cleaned. The answer in all these lies in the fabric.
There are hundreds of diff types of fabrics but these are the main popular ones and I myself use good quality quilting cottons as much as I can.t.
Cotton: some cottons can be fragile and thin and skimpy.
Quilting Cotton: is denser and lasts longer with wear and tear
eg: of Quilting Cotton from my stash
Poplin: In the early 1920s, British-made cotton poplin was introduced to the United States, but the American market thought that the name had connotations of heaviness and arbitrarily renamed it broadcloth, a name that persists for a cotton or polyester-cotton blend fabric used for shirting
Poplin is now made with wool, cotton, silk, rayon, polyester or a mixture of these. Being a plain under/over weave, if the weft and warp threads are of the same material and size, the effect is a plain woven surface with no ribbing. Shirts made from this material are easy to iron and do not wrinkle easily.
Poplin’s are used for dress purposes, and for rich upholstery work which are formed by using coarse filling yarns in a plain weave.
eg: of Poplin from my stash
Voile: You buy for the drape of a garment it hangs loosely
Voile is a soft, sheer fabric, usually made of 100% cotton or cotton blended with linen or polyester. The term is French for veil. Because of its light weight, the fabric is mostly used in soft furnishing. In tropical climates, voile is used for window treatments and mosquito nets. When used as curtain material, voile is similar to net curtains.
Voile’s are available in a range of patterns and colours. Because of their semitransparent quality, voile curtains are made using heading tape that is less easily noticeable through the fabric. Voile fabric is also used in dressmaking, either in multiple layers or laid over a second material. It is similar to chiffon.Voile is perfect for those hot summer days at the beach for a cover up as a kimono or for summer nights over a singlet top to class it up.
eg: of Voile from my stash
Organic cotton: is generally understood as cotton from plants not genetically modified and that is certified to be grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals, such as fertilizers or pesticides
Designer fabrics: which are always high quality quilting cotton (woven) and can be either dense or lightweight but still a quality soft feel
We could go on forever about quality fabrics there are just too many to mention but whatever your choice is we are here to accommodate you for a perfectly finished product.
This is yet another reason to buy handmade. We can first help you select the fabric you need for what you’re buying. We can give advice on colour coordination and patterns to bring out the highlights in each without clashing. In any case the Fabrics we use will always be top quality cotton, quilting cotton, poplin, voile for that elegant hang or knits. Other artificial fabrics like nylon, rayon or polyesters might look good but they are hot in the summer, cold in the winter, don’t absorb perspiration and so get sticky and don’t tend to hold up, highly flammable or melt into the skin which make them unsuitable for babies and children
We can help you select the right fabric & pattern for your outfit/child’s outfit or bag, by either browsing the internet for you for just the perfect fabric or pattern or letting you browse through our extensive stash of quality fabrics & patterns, thereby making it look, feel and drape properly, washing after washing and always be that “favorite” go to outfit/bag for a long time to come.
Until Next Time