Posts Tagged ‘Fabric’

Gingham Fabric

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Gingham is another fabric we expect to see on our Fabric Buying Bus Trip on Saturday 30th March 2019.

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Gingham is a medium-weight balanced plain-woven fabric made from dyed cotton or cotton blend yarn. It’s made of carded or combed yarns, medium or fine yarns, where the colouring is on the warp yarns and always along the grain (weft).

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Gingham is easy to sew as a woven 100% cotton fabric. It’s ideal for kid’s clothing, trims, dresses, shirts and skirts. Historically though, it was best known for table cloths and aprons, which are still popular today.

Gingham Dress 02

Why is it called Gingham?

Gingham comes from the Malayan word genggang, or striped.

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How to identify Gingham?

You can spot Gingham from its contrasting-check, generally white and coloured with even-sized checks. Back in the day, it was distinguished primarily for being a ‘dyed on the yarn’ fabric, meaning the yarn is dyed before it is woven.

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Gingham Shirt 01

Gingham Shirt 02

TIPS

- Gingham washes well but ensure you pre-shrink your fabric before sewing.

- Align your fabric properly before cutting, lay it perfectly flat and align the check to the pattern and grain direction.

- Cut Gingham on the bias for added design features!


Gingham Fabric 04

Gingham Apron 01

Gingham tablecloth 01

If you would like to join us on our fabric buying bus trip click on the link below to book your seat before they run out!

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Happy Sewing,

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
M: +61 (0)447744776
E: maree@mareepigdon.com
W: www.mareepigdon.com

Linen Blend Fabrics

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Another fabric we expect to see on our Fabric Buying Bus Trip on Saturday 30th March is a Linen Blend.

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It is similar to 100% Linen with its key feature being the cool comfort linen provides, (which is perfect for hot climates) however linen blends have the wearability of its blended fabric and are significantly less prone to wrinkle than pure linen.

Linen Blend Fabric 02

Linens are made from the fibres of a flax plant. It’s laborious to manufacture, however the fibre is very strong, absorbent and dries faster than cotton.

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What is Linen usually blended with?

The blends are not often disclosed however its common for blends to contain cotton, rayon, polyester and sometimes viscose.

Linen/Cotton – Cotton softens linen and keeps the fullness of linen while reducing the wrinkles and keeping a crisp look.

Linen/Rayon – Rayon blended with linen creates a substantially softer fabric with more fluid drape and a subtle sheen from the rayon.

Linen/Polyester – Polyester helps linen to wash better, wrinkle less, and retain colour-fastness. Depending on the type of fabric, polyester usually softens the feel of linen as well, but in a synthetic way.

What can you make from Linen Blends?

Linen Blends come in a range of plain colours and prints, they are a light to medium weight fabric and perfect for dresses, skirts, tops, pants, suits and more!

Linen Blend Dress 01

Linen Blend Dress 02

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Linen Blend Suit 01

Linen Blend Pants 01

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Linen Blend Dress 03

When you join our fabric buying bus trip you will discover our top tip on how to cut linen blends to reduce the wrinkle even further.

If you would like to join us on our fabric buying bus trip click on the link below to book your seat before they run out!

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Happy Sewing,

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
M: +61 (0)447744776
E: maree@mareepigdon.com
W: www.mareepigdon.com

Cotton Sateen Fabric

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

On our fabric buying bus trip one of the many fabrics we may come across is COTTON SATEEN

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Cotton Sateen has been around since the 1900′s and has only increased in demand. It’s a popular fabric today and many of our students in our sewing school make a whole range of clothing from it.

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From dresses to jackets, suits, skirts, pants and tops! Cotton Sateen is also used for bed linens, curtains and is considered one of the most expensive and quality varieties of cotton textiles.

Cotton Sateen Jacket 01

Cotton Sateen Dress 02

Cotton Sateen Top 01

Cotton Sateen Skirt 01

Why we LOVE Cotton Sateen?

Cotton Sateen is lovely to handle, it holds pleats and folds very nicely, it’s comfortable to wear because it is a stretch woven. It breathes well, is durable, has a glossy surface, is soft to touch and it’s hypoallergenic so it doesn’t cause allergic reactions. One of the best things is that it’s wrinkle resistant! It has great drapability and easily creates soft folds well.


Cotton Sateen Dress 03

How to identify Cotton Sateen?

It’s a fabric with a weft-face structure, smooth on the front and on the wrong side it’s dense and rough.


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How the sheen of a Sateen Fabric is created

By twisted threads, the stronger the thread is twisted, the brighter the sheen is.


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What’s the difference between Sateen and Satin?

Even though Sateen has a satin-smooth finish and sounds like Satin, it’s generally made of cotton whereas Satin is made from silk. Being made of Cotton, Sateen is generally less expensive than silk satin, it’s more durable, comes in different weights and is machine washable.

Here is the fibre content of each:

Cotton Sateen has a weave structure of weft-faced, the type of fibre is short-staple, the raw materials used are cotton and linen etc, the texture is less glossy and softer and the sheen is dull.

Silk Satin on the other hand has a weave structure of warp-faced, the type of fibre is filament, the raw materials used are silk, rayon, nylon, polyester, the texture is glossy and slippery, and the sheen is lustrous.

There are many vibrant colours made in Cotton Sateen as well as plains.Cotton Sateen Dress 04

And when you book a seat on our fabric buying bus trip to Melbourne you will discover:

The number one mistake sewers make when sewing with Cotton Sateen…

If you would like to join us on our fabric buying bus trip click on the link below to book your seat before they run out!

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Happy Sewing,

For more information contact:
Maree Pigdon Sewing Centre
M: +61 (0)447744776
E: maree@mareepigdon.com
W: www.mareepigdon.com