Not all fabric is created equal. Different fabrics are great for some things, but not so great for others. For instance, fur is great for a coat, but you wouldn't use it for pants. Wool is great for coats, pants and skirts, but not for a shirt. Knowing which fabrics are best for clothing projects will help make your sewing project much simpler.
See below for which fabric types work best for different clothing:
- Denim is what you would use to make jeans.
- Linen and wool work well for making dressier pants.
- You can use cotton with spandex if you're making leggings.
- Flannel works well for making lounge, or pajama pants.
- Denim is used for jean skirts. Make them long, short or even pleated.
- Cotton and linen are great for lightweight skirts you can wear in the summer.
- Rayon is an alternative for silk and drapes well, so it's ideal for skirts.
- Cotton, chambray and linen are great materials for making collared button-up shirts.
- Knit and cotton can both be used for t-shirts and lightweight tops.
- Rayon and silk can both be used for dressier shirts.
- Cotton, knit, gauze and linen are lightweight fabrics that drape well for dresses.
- Rayon and silk work well for dressier dresses and evening gowns.
- Wool is a good dress fabric to use with a boxier design.
Sewing is fairly simple, but it does take some practice. You may not be making clothing right away, so start with something small, like a scarf. See below for directions on how to make your own infinity loop scarf using flannel fabric.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 yard of flannel fabric (in your color of choice)
- 1 spool of natural cotton thread (color of your choice)
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Take your one yard of fabric and lay it flat. Cut it in half lengthwise so you have 22 inches by 1 yard.
- Fold it in half, so that the bad side of the fabric is on the outside.
- Match up the edges and iron it flat, using low heat.
- Using your straight pins, pin the long edge along where you would sew your fabric. Approximately half an inch in from the edge.
- Begin sewing the long edge of your fabric with your sewing machine. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can sew by hand, but it will take awhile.
- Then pin your bottom edge of your fabric.
- Turn your scarf inside out by reaching your arm in the top opening and pulling the fabric, so the good side is now on the outside.
- Finally, take your open edge and push the bottom sewn edge into the opening. Iron it flat and sew the two edges together.
- You should have a loop scarf at this point. You can wear it long, or loop it around your neck twice for a different look.
Knowing which fabric to use for your sewing project will make your project that much easier. Happy sewing and enjoy your infinity scarf. Need more help? Contact a company such as K & H Quilt Shoppe with any questions you have.