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Cathyaw
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Date: 1/2/12 8:34 PM

When the two sides of the fabric are the same, or almost the same, which is the "right" side? This is sometimes obvious, but sometimes not. Presently, I am making a jacket using beautiful wool from FabricMart. I am using the inside of the fold as the right side and love it; however, both would be equally lovely and rich.
So,is it the inside of the fold, or outside, or choice of the sewist?
Happy New Year and Cheers to a year of successful sewing,
Cathy

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Date: 1/2/12 9:54 PM

My favorite answer to this question is this one:

You bought, and own, both sides of the fabric. You get to choose.

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Date: 1/3/12 2:32 AM

With really good fabrics such as wool, the fabric is usually folded with the right side on the inside of the fold - to sort of protect the right side. Of course, as stated earlier, you own both sides, so whichever you use is "right". I've been known to use the "wrong" side as the "right" side before. Just make sure you are consistent with which side you use as some slight shading might be evident after you get it made up that isn't noticeable at the beginning. Ask me how I know!

In cotton type fabrics, the right side is usually on the outside.

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Date: 1/3/12 8:28 PM

It is entirely up to you. The only thing that I do to make sure I don't have a problem after cleaning etc. is I decide which side is going to be the outside and I stick with it. To be sure I don't mess up, I put a piece of masking tape on what I am calling the reverse side on all of the pieces.

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