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Fabric: A Crucial Element of Successful Garments
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Date: 4/20/06 7:03 AM

Understand the "Right" and "Wrong" fabric

Learn to draw a distinction between fiber content and fabric type

Learn about psychology of fabric stashes

Read the Fabric Article Here

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Date: 4/21/06 11:15 AM

Wonderful article, Deepika. Thank you. What a great tip about buying just a sample size of the fabric you love (or think you love) and posting it on your wall and adding to it. I love that idea. It would keep me from buying fabric on impulse and would help me to coordinate and plan my projects without breaking the budget. I look forward to the next article.

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Date: 4/21/06 11:40 AM

Good article. Just wanted to point out in the list of man-made fibers, Dacron is the trademark name of a polyester fiber. Like generic vs. brand name. I do hope in your next article you cover things like properties of natural vs. man-made, (e.g. wicking properties, abrasion, etc.) and how that can affect end use as well.

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Date: 4/24/06 5:14 PM

It seems like I'm learning more about fabrics all the time, so this article came at a good time and it caught my eye right away. I think I'll have to read it again a couple times. Saw another webpage that said elastane is really lycra.

http://www.ivc-ev.de/live/index.php?page_id=73

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Date: 4/25/06 7:26 PM

I need to find a way to organize and be disciplined enough to keep track of the fabric content in the things I make. I have garments that I like but can't remember if that was "rayon and cotton," or "rayon and linen". This article really comes at a good time as I have been paying a lot more attention to fabric contents and types.

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Date: 4/26/06 7:01 AM

When I read the artical,I felt excited , courious and interested. I have been surfing the net looking for different information about sewing. It was great to read an artical around the phsycological issues relating to stashing , buying and how to find another way not to spend or splash out on that next peice of fabric. I will confess, i'm a fabric stasher many years as my grandmother was also. Recently my aunty gave me 2 big bags of fabric. These came from my grandmothers stash. in the hope of one day to make another garment. I'm so grateful she did stash . At the age of 57 I feel the pride and a conection to a lady i admired . And who kept sewing with such a fine detail well into her 70s.
The article gave good information about the way to identify material.
I am interested in the cognitve and behavour suggestion. I know when i go into a shop i go for many resons, some i don't even know . What i have recognised of late is what seems to attract me most is the COLOURS . The kaledescope of colour and textures. And if I'm lucky I might discover the colour and texture of material i always wanted and make the garment ive always aspired to make.
Dal from New Zealand

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Date: 4/26/06 8:27 AM

Thank you for sharing this informative and interesting article. It provided answers to many questions I have had lurking around my mind for some time! Its really helpful for new sewers to have an understanding of the basics of fabrics, something that is often overlooked in classes and even books.
Keep it coming!

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Date: 4/26/06 8:54 PM

I loved the bonus suggestion - it really captured the underlying message of this article. It so often is just the thinking and ideas part of a project that appeals, which is why I and so many like me have a stash that grows at a rate that our available sewing time will never keep up with!

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Date: 4/27/06 6:37 PM

In the next article or future articles, I would like to be educated about how to choose print fabric for the pattern at hand.

I made the Basic Dress from Textile Studios:
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=234

twice. The first was mid-calf length black (a wearable muslin) and it turned out elegantly. The second, I made an at the knee length version out of a great cotton print (beach sandals). My DH said it looked like a house dress. How disappointing. No amount of tweaking could make that little dress worth wearing--even to the grocery store as far as he was concerned. The dear man said that he would rather see me in a jeans and a t-shirt. (It takes courage to be honestly critical of someone who you love).

Do all my dresses have to be solids or tiny tiny prints?

Any advice gratefully accepted.

Thanks in advance.

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Date: 4/27/06 8:28 PM

that was a great article. I am looking forward to the next installment.

I can't tell you how many garments I have made over the years that went unworn because the fabric was wrong.

When I was teaching beginning sewing at a fabric store, I would always include a segment roaming through the store, fondling fabrics and discussing properties of different weaves and content.

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"A woman who works with her hands is a laborer; a woman who works with her hands and her mind is a craftsman; but a woman who works with her hands and her brain and her heart is an artist." (St. Thomas Aquinas, modified)

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