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5 Things to Check Out While Choosing the Right Fabric

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Different types of clothes require different kinds of fabrics. When you have your dream design in mind and make the first step to make it a reality by entering the shop, it’s very easy to get confused by the number of options available in the market. This often makes people buy the wrong type of fabric. As a result, their dream design appears as a total failure. No matter how beautiful your design is, the right fabric can make or break the deal. So, it’s better to keep these five things in mind before buying any fabric. Let’s begin!

1. Start with checking out the drape

Once the right fabric is in your hands, what you need to do is check the drape of the fabric. The drape is very important while deciding on a fabric for a project and determines whether it will be the best for your design or not.

All you have to do is take the fabric, hang it, and then see how the drapes are formed. Does it hang softly? If it’s a fluid fabric, it will have more drape. If the fabric is stiff, it will have less drape. If you want a flowy skirt, your choice should be a kind of fabric with more drape. But if not, your choice should be a thick fabric. Now, choose the fabric, keeping in mind what you want your design to look like.

2. Check the stretch

Another important thing to check while choosing the right fabric is the right amount of stretch. Some people like stretchy clothes due to their comfort. But stretchy fabrics don’t suit clothes of every occasion.

So, the best thing to do is check the fabric’s stretch by stretching it with your hands. Remember, the stretch of different fabrics varies greatly, so be extra cautious while considering it.

3. Carry out proper research before you head on to buy fabrics

You don’t want to make any mistakes in choosing your fabrics. Also, knowing what’s trending and what kind of apparel is ruling the market is never bad. This suggests the best option – Window-shopping.

You can go to marketplaces and explore their stocks. This will give you an idea of your design needs or how you can make it better.

Other than that, you can also research on Pinterest or go through your past designs to be totally sure of the kind of fabric you will buy. You can also select from the amazing catalog of

4. Check the color in natural light

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You can see huge lights in shopping areas. These lights do a great work of tricking you into thinking the colors are bright and will gratify your needs. But that isn’t the reality always.

So, it’s best to check the color of the fabric once again in some natural light. Of course, you can’t take the fabric out of the shop. So, try to find the nearest window to check the actual color of a fabric and be sure if it’s what you want.

5. Don’t forget the weight

Fabric weight plays an important role when sewing fabrics, and you should not ignore it at any cost. GSM measures the weight of a fabric. It ranges from 60-700 GSM and depends on the weave, kind of fiber, and other factors.

You should know that heavy fabrics don’t necessarily mean that the fabric is of high quality and will give a rich look. The decision to choose light and heavy fabrics should totally depend on the kind of design you will create. It should depend on the kind of design you are creating, the occasion, and the environment.

 Over to you…

The total world’s population acquire around 80 billion apparels annually.  This massive number is enough to give us a fair idea of the number of clothes made every year. If this is the case, don’t you feel that every cloth should be sewed with passion and beautiful fabrics? You can do that by keeping these five things in mind. 

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