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Fabric Glossary

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Fabric Glossary

A Acetate - Known for its slick texture and glorious shine, acetate combines the breathability of cotton with the feel of silk. It is a chemical fibre textile, comprising of spun filaments of cellulose derived from wood pulp. Acrylic - acrylic is a man-made fibre that has a soft, wool-like texture. Its uneven finish resists shrinkage and is crease-resistant. Alencon Lace - originating in Alencon (France), alencon lace is often referred to as “the queen of lace”. It features intricate cutting and needlework. Alpaca - alpaca wool is a natural fibre taken from the wool of alpacas. It rivals cashmere...

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DIY: How to Sew a Printed Head Wrap

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DIY: How to Sew a Printed Head Wrap

Level: Total Beginner The transition between Spring and Summer can often summon bad hair days, as your poor locks suffer both wet and windy weather, and drier, fresh days. Enter the head wrap! This vintage-inspired wrap headband is perfect for covering up those questionable hair days, and for adding a pop of colour and style to an outfit on a drizzly day. Read on to find out how to make your own! How to Sew the Head wrap You Will Need 30cm/1/4yard Medium weight printed fabric 20-gauge wire and clippers Fabric scissors Pins Thread Cutting Your Fabric Begin by cutting two pieces of fabric...

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How To Sew Buttonholes

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How To Sew Buttonholes

Most of us are used to hand sewing buttons. It’s a skill that many of us are taught from a young age, as we add button eyes to rag dolls and sock puppets. But when it comes to creating buttonholes that allow us to put buttons to a more practical use, many of us are left clueless. In fact, sewing buttonholes is a technique that most beginners try their hardest to avoid. The problem with this? Well, there are a profound number of garments that require buttonholes and chances are that as your skills begin to expand, you’re going to...

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How to Sew a Facing

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How to Sew a Facing

Facing - not to be confused with interfacing - is a technique used to finish the edges and seams of your garment professionally, creating a semi-lined garment with neat seams. It involves concealing the raw edges of fabric with strip of fabric, a similar shape to your pattern piece, that lies inside the garment. Facings may be interfaced to help maintain the shape of the garment, and add shape to the concealed seam edge - which is why they are often confused with each other! Common areas which require facing on garments are; Necklines - usually only when they do...

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How To Sew with Chiffon Fabric

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How To Sew with Chiffon Fabric

Working with chiffon can be an altogether daunting task. After all, it’s one of the most delicate fabrics out there. Its mesh like weave gives the material a truly unique semi-transparent quality which proves popular in the fabrication of a whole variety of beautiful garments, such as saris, ballet skirts, and elegant evening wear. For those interested in homeware, it can also be used to make window scarves and canopies. However, this very quality makes it seemingly difficult to sew and finish to a high-quality. Perhaps this is why we so often leave the fabrication of chiffon based items to...

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