fabric selection

When you spend hours sewing a garment, the last thing you want is to discover is that the project is flop because you selected the wrong material.

Avoid filing your next project in the #craftfail category with simple tips from Shaerie Mead of Sew L.A.

1. Check out the recommended fabric on your pattern. On the back of every pattern envelope is a list of suggested fabrics. The top spot is generally occupied by the fabric that is easiest to use.

2. Base it on your skill level. Some fabrics are easier to work with than others. If you are just starting out, don’t go with the double gauze – select a style with a little more structure. That will save you from having to manage a bunch of pins and will make it easy to feed the fabric through the machine.

3. Consider the fabric care. How well does it wash? If you are putting together an outfit for everyday wear, you’ll want something that holds up to regular washing. A special occasion ensemble is a candidate for more delicate fabrics which may require dry-cleaning.

4. Prints vs solids, small vs large. It is important the print is appropriate for the project at hand. Make sure the size of the pattern works with the cut of the garment and that you consider seam placement while picking out your print.

Shaerie goes in-depth on these insights and more in the video below!

Get inspiration for your next sewing project – go to CreativeLive.com and cruise our complete line-up of sewing classes. You can find classes from Shaerie on making an easy skirt, sewing a vintage-inspired skirt, and assembling a box zip bag.

And if you loved Shaerie’s awesome frock, check out the pattern on the Decades of Style website.

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