How to choose fabrics for your projects
It's easy to get overwhelmed and confused whilst shopping for fabrics online; when you can't touch and see the fabrics directly, it's hard to know what fabrics will work for your intended project.
In the picture above are three shirts made from the same sewing pattern but in three different fabrics. Below are the individual shirts, as worn by yours truly!
Composition: 100% EcoVero Viscose
Weight: 120 gsm
Composition: 100% Organic Cotton
Weight: 135 gsm
Composition: 77% Organic Cotton, 23% Hemp
Weight: 145 gsm
As you can see from the photos, the top one with the EcoVero Viscose has a lovely loose flowing hang. It has a fluid drape and makes the shirt more of a blouse. Generally speaking, EcoVero Viscose fabrics are best for blouses, dresses, and skirts - anything that requires a fluid drape. (Always use a sharp needle when sewing with fluid fabrics like Viscose, as the fibres are generally finer, allowing for the drape.)
The second image is made using Organic Cotton. It is a plain weave, and holds the shirt shape quite well. Looking at the shoulder seams, you can see there is still drape in the fabric, though not as fluid as that of the Viscose.
The third image is made using an Organic Cotton/Hemp blend. Also a plain weave, the shirt is a simple plain shape. Looking at the shoulder seam areas, you can see here that the way the drape holds, it is a lot more crisp than the other two shirts.
Another thing to point out is the gsm (grams per square metre). Generally speaking, the higher the gsm, the thicker the fabric is, which can act as a good gauge of how the fabric may behave.
Of course, the technical details of each fabric and its structure varies vastly, so there is no one rule of thumb. This is why most fabric shops offer a samples service. We offer a Samples Service
at the price of £1.95 (Free 1st Class P&P) to select up to 5 fabrics we have in-stock. Each sample is cut at approx 7cm x 7cm so you get to see the colour in person, and have a little feel of the fabric.
We understand that these small samples may not be enough to know whether the fabric is suitable for you. So if you have a project with a fabric in mind but are unsure, do get in touch with the fabric shop. We're happy to feel the fabric ourselves to give you our opinion on how we feel the fabric will work for your project.https://akindcloth.co.uk/products/samples-service
Photos by: A KIND CLOTH