This introduction to fabrics cover the practical things you need to take into account and explains the basic elements of composition, construction and weight – factors that need to be considered along with choice of colour and pattern. We will look at the different types of fabric, what it is made of, how it will drape and what the care instructions are. Be informed about the fabric that you use for your project, it pays to invest in good quality as you will be putting your time and energy creating it. You want a finished product that you will love and enjoy wearing for hopefully years to come.
Understanding fabric is not just important, it is absolutely vital if you want your projects to be successful. Whilst most commercial patterns will recommend the type of fabric you should use to get the best results, what if you are designing your own garments?
A firm grasp of knowledge is not restricted to fashion designers; quilters, sewers and accessory makers will benefit from this course.
Fabrics come in a range of different fibers, and a range of different weights and textures. They are found in hundreds of different colors and patterns. This wealth of choices provides a great opportunity to transform your pattern to your own personal style; be it bright colors or subtle, interesting textures or weaves. However so many choices can be overwhelming. Choosing fabric for clothes can be the most import step, as the wrong choice could ruin the project. Having said that there are usually a few different fabric options for any pattern.
This introduction to fabrics cover the practical things you need to take into account and explains the basic elements of composition, construction and weight – factors that need to be considered along with choice of color and pattern. We will look at the different types of fabric, what it is made of, how it will drape and what the care instructions are.
Be informed about the fabric that you use for your project, it pays to invest in good quality as you will be putting your time and energy creating it. You want a finished product that you will love and enjoy wearing for hopefully years to come.
Preparation is one of the keys to successful sewing. You now have your new beautiful fabric and want to make that special project right now. So you just lay it out and cut right? The answer is no!!!
This lesson will teach the basics to fabric preparation; preshrinking, ironing, squaring the grain and how to store it before use.
Linen is one of the world's oldest fabrics; it goes back thousands of years. Evidence of seeds, fibres and fabrics have been found in a Swiss lake dwelling about 8000 BC. In Egypt mummies were wrapped in linen. Linen has sometimes been used as a currency. It's value economically is equally matched by it's value for craft supplies.
Cotton is a vegetable fibre from the cotton plant. It is known for its comfort, appearance, versatility, and performance. It can be bought in many fabric weights, colours, patterns, weaves, and prices. Weight and texture is varied to create light voiles or thick corduroy.
Many people love the feeling of silk; it is very comfortable to wear and has a smooth soft feel that is not slippery. It is cool to wear in the summer yet warm to wear in winter. It has a sheen and luminosity that is unmatched by many other materials.
Wool is the protein fibre obtained from sheep and certain other animals. The wool from sheep is different from the wool from other animals; goats produce cashmere and mohair, and rabbits produce Angora. 75% of wool comes from Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa, and Uruguay.
Different classifications of fibres have different characteristics. Using fibres individually or as a combination, it is possible to achieve different finishing effects.
This lesson covers characteristics of abrasion, absorbency, durability, elasticity, luster, resilience, shape retention, strength, washability, wicking and wrinkle resistance.
Fabric weight has a huge influence upon how fabric will drape on a garment, how warm (or cool) it is, and even how comfortable it is to wear.
This lesson will teach you the basics of fabric weight, and even discuss a bit on how weighted fabric will drape.
Not all hobbyists need to know how fabric is constructed, but if you are an advanced sewer or interested in weaving your own fabric using a loom then you will want to know about the different types of weaves that are available. Afterall these different weaves can produce different looks and even different characteristics, even when using the same fibre type.
The type of fibre that makes up fabric can determine it's ideal use. A fabric that doesn't breathe would not be suitable for a hot environment, but suitable for colder environments. If you want to make sure your garment lasts then you will need to know the type of fibre to select.
In order to produce the best results for your project you will need to know some basic fabric terms. Without this knowledge you will struggle following sewing tutorials and patterns, and risk producing a project with disastrous results.
This lesson covers three simple terms: grain, selvage and bias.