My Top Favorite Fabrics to work with.

Playing around with fabrics is what I love doing. I have a few favs that I love to play around and work with. These fabrics are fun to work with and are hassle free.

First on the list is,

COTTON:

Cotton fabric is popular because it’s easy to care for and comfortable year-round. In hot, humid weather, cotton “breathes.”As the body perspires, cotton fibers absorb the moisture and release it on the surface of the fabric, so it evaporates. In cold weather, if the fabric remains dry, the fibers retain body heat, especially napped fabrics. It is easy to care for, can be laundered or dry cleaned. A pure, 100%-cotton fabric is the best fabric for beginning sewers; it’s easy to cut and to sew. Cotton fibers don’t shrink, but cotton fabric does, so preshrink the yardage. To preshrink, wash the fabric the same way you intend to launder the finished garment.

The challenge is selecting the right fabric for your project. Lightweight cottons are best for shirts and dresses; medium-weight fabrics are suitable for pants, skirts, shirts, dresses, curtains, sheets and children’s clothes; heavier fabrics are used for pants, outerwear, window treatments and work clothes.

Personally i love the Cotton Voile and Cotton Lawn. Very soft and light weight fabric. Feels amazing on the skin and has an amazing fall to it.

Second on the list is,

CHIFFON:

Chiffon is a lightweight, plain woven fabric made out of many different materials. The term chiffon comes from the French word meaning rag or cloth. The fabric is still a popular choice for formal wear, especially in women’s clothing. The characteristics of chiffon make the fabric unique. Chiffon fabrics are typically made from different materials including silk, cotton, rayon or other synthetic fibers such as polyester. The yarn that creates the fabric is first twisted and then woven. This process gives the fabric its unique feeling when handled. Chiffon is soft but at the same time has a rough texture. The fabric is easily dyed to provide a wide variety of colors.

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Chiffon is a very thin fabric. Most chiffon is sheer, meaning that you can see through a single piece when it is held up. The material typically uses multiple sheets of fabric to create dresses, draperies and is commonly used in scarfs, evening wear and linings of garments. The thinness of the material makes the fabric very cool to wear, not holding heat near the body. Chiffon is usually a bit difficult to work with as it slips a lot. Sewers are advised to place tissues in between while stitching, in order to hold the fabric. The tissue can be removed off after the stitching is complete.

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Chiffon should be washed with like colors to avoid bleeding and color loss. The material also may lose its color if exposed to the sun for long periods of time. Its mostly advised that clothes made out of Chiffon should mostly be dry cleaned.  Over-drying chiffon may cause the material to wrinkle. To remove wrinkles, slightly wet the garment before applying the iron to the fabric.

The next one is

DENIM:

Denim is known worldwide for its fit, ease and durability. As one of the few fabrics in the world that is used in both high fashion and work-a-day apparel. Because denim comes in so many weaves, it’s a fabric that can be used for practically any occasion. Denim can stretch, sparkle, or flow; conversely, it can hold a shape steadily, take on any number of colors and fold into myriad pleats and forms. Designers in all sorts of industries create items from denim. Some popular uses include trousers, skirts, jackets, purses, furnishing covers, book covers and shoes.

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Dyeing denim is simple. Its malleability allows designers to age and distress the fabric to produce different washes. There are few fabrics as forgiving as denim. As with most woven fabrics, denim will not fray if is sliced lengthwise, but will shred if cut along the width. In order to avoid fraying, try to minimize cross-wise trauma and wear in key areas such as the knees or hem.

To make jeans and other denim items last longer, launder in cold water with a non-bleach detergent.  Avoid tumble drying, since the friction and heat work to wear the surface of the cloth down; this leads to fading, shrinkage, softening and dye loss. Instead, hang denim fabrics up to dry in indirect sunlight.

 

These are my most favorite fabrics to work with.

There are a few others as well  which I like:

Silk, Taffeta, Raw Silk, Linen, Net, Embroidered fabrics. 

 

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