There are so many different fabrics available to people wanting to make their own garments that knowing how to prepare and sew each of them is important.

Here are some facts about dressmaking fabrics like those you can find at to help with your sewing projects.

  • Patterns will often refer to cutting the pieces out of the material either on or against the grain. The grain is the weave of the fabric and it affects how the fabric moves when it is pulled. The grain also has an impact on how the fabric drapes and hangs once sewn into your desired garment. Essentially the direction you pull the fabric in which has the least amount of stretch is the direction of the grain.

There are three types of fabric grain:

  1. Lengthwise – means the threads of fabric run down the length of the fabric along the cut edge
  2. Crosswise – means the threads of fabric run at a 90-degree angle to the cut edge of the fabric
  3. Bias – means the threads run at the 45-degree angle to the cut edge of the fabric
  • If you are using a slippery fabric like silk or satin, you should make sure you always pin fabric, tack the pieces together and then sew. This means that you should get great results each time and help reduce the risk of slipping fabric.

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  • When using striped fabric, it is important t make sure that you position the pattern pieces on the fabric so that the stripes line up before you even start cutting out the pieces. It is always worth buying slightly more fabric than the pattern asks for so that you have enough space to maneuver the pattern pieces around.
  • It can be hard to find the right side of a jersey fabric. An easy way to find this out is to see what direction the fabric edge rolls when you cut it. The fabric will naturally curl towards the right side. Also, jersey material does not fray which means there is no need to finish the edges, you can simply cut the material and sew.

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  • If using iron-on interfacing, you should iron it on to the fabric before you cut out the pattern pieces as it will help prevent any frustration or errors in trying to match up cut pieces. It is important to make sure that you allow the interfacing to cool fully before you cut the pieces as it helps to create a stronger bond between the pieces. 

Published by Sunil Pandey