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Posted on: 11/2/09 6:28 PM
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This is as much a 'note to self' as a tip. I've just made up some pants from fabric which looked great on the bolt and felt like it would handle well, but which frayed badly, and didn't hold a crease as well as I'd expect, and somehow feels much harsher than it did in the shop. I'm thinking it would be a good idea to buy half a yard of a fabric whenever practical to test out how it behaves, before buying the piece needed for the project.

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Mary M. said... (11/10/09 8:20 PM) Reply
For me, I think it would be good to buy an extra half yard of any fashion fabric I buy so I can do some test stitching, washing, ironing, or embellishment making before actually working on a project. Thanks for the tip, Petro. It got me thinking.
MKBC said... (11/5/09 10:38 PM) Reply
I agree, I also, just finish a skirt with fabric that looked and felt great. It frayed worse then any I have ever had and did not look or feel as I had hoped.
lulubug said... (11/3/09 2:21 PM) Reply
Good idea. I for one will take this advise since I am starting a Beginning Sewing Lab 101. Thanks
ryansmumAria said... (11/2/09 9:52 PM) Reply
This is a great tip Petro. If the shop is not too far out of the way, I do this on occasion. Sometimes I buy several 1/8 pieces of fabric and "play" with them until I decide which I like best. I have so much fabric now that I only allow myself to purchase fabric I deeply love. I rarely buy much these days...
K_sew said... (11/2/09 9:32 PM) Reply
This is a great idea. You can wash & dry it (if washable), then rub it on the inside of your forearm to see it is is scratchy. It also helps in coordinating colors with the wardrobe at home.
K_sew said... (11/2/09 9:32 PM) Reply

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