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My love of textiles and fabrics goes back to being a very young child and looking through the stashes of both my Mum and my Gran. Fabric and textiles delight me. They open up so many opportunities for unique, one of a kind projects.

This can be seen in my Graduate Collection which was shown at Graduate Fashion Week in London – I spent more time than I should have on developing my own unique textiles for that collection, and I loved every moment.

Here you’ll find guides on different fabric types as well as tutorials on how to sew different types of fabric and how to create your own unique textiles too.

What Is Elastane: Elastane vs Spandex vs Lycra

If you’ve ever worn an item with stretch factor in the fabric, chances are that you’ve worn elastane. But what is elastane and how does it differ from other stretch materials like spandex and lycra? And is elastane toxic to wear or perhaps sustainable? That’s what this article is about! What Is Elastane? Elastane is …

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Is Rayon Stretchy: Tips For Sewing Rayon Fabric!

What is rayon? Is it a fabric that you should buy and sew or is it a new fangled one that can be ignored? Does rayon have any sustainability credentials or is it another ‘modern’ fabric with no benefit to the environment? Today, you’ll learn all about rayon including how to work with it at …

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Types Of Georgette Fabric Used In Sewing

Georgette is a popular fabric choice amongst both professional and home dressmakers. Woven from silk and synthetic fabrics, there are a number of different types of georgette fabric that have evolved since the early twentieth century when georgette fabric first made an entrance into the dressmaking world. We’ll explore the different varieties of georgette in …

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What Is Chiffon Fabric (And How Do You Sew It)?

Have you ever wondered what chiffon fabric is? Chiffon is a sheer and lightweight fabric made from cotton, nylon, polyester or silk. It has a very soft and fluid feel to it. You can use it for dresses, blouses, scarves and other types of clothing, but the best part about chiffon fabric is that it …

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Different Types Of Sheer Fabric

I’ve covered a lot of the different types of fabric before, but I haven’t much touched on the types of sheer fabric available when sewing. Once you’ve been sewing for a while, you may find that you’re ready to try sewing trickier fabrics, and sheer or transparent fabric is definitely considered tricky! Sheer Fabric Types …

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How To Fuse Fabric Together: Fusing Woven Fabric And Leather

One of my favourite learnings while at the Roland Mouret studio in London, was learning how to fuse fabrics together – a technique referred to as araignée, or ‘spiders web’ as I was told. This technique using a glue that looks like a spiders web, to bond two fabrics together. It’s very much like the …

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How To Preshrink Fabric Without Washing

While not all projects you make with fabric will ever be washed, if you’re someone who wants to make your own clothes – which will of course need washing! – it’s a very good idea to preshrink fabric and the reasons for this are two fold: Fabrics have sizing which helps the fabric look and feel crisp, …

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What Is Interfacing Fabric – And When Should You Use It?

Interfacing fabric is a woven, knitted or non-grain type of fabric that is used to reinforce fashion fabric from the wrong side. It’s particularly useful for strengthening areas of garments when sewing clothes. There are different types of interfacing and we’ll look at each of them here as well as when you should use each …

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