Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Tutorial Tuesday: Choosing The Right Fabric For Your Project

We are often asked for advice on which fabric to use for a particular project or pattern, so today we thought we would give some advice on choosing the perfect fabric.

There are lots of helpful guides available on this topic, here are a few of our favourites -
Wardrobe By Me - How to Choose Fabric

Christine gives you some handy hints and tips for choosing the perfect fabric for your next project.

We recently released Wardrobe By Me's wonderful pattern range on the Girl Charlee website and Christine (Owner and Designer) wanted to make a version of her Sneha Tunic in our Cotton Jersey Fabric to celebrate!

Christine chose our Heather Grey and White Stripe Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric as she wanted a fabric which was lighter weight.  As you can see from the picture left, the finished top looks great.  

"Just because a fabric is lightweight, doesn't mean it is low quality.  Lightweight fabrics are perfect for summer tops or when you want a nice fluid drape or flow.  They are also great for layering".

One Little Minute - Knit Fabric and Selection

Overview of knit fabrics - One Little Minute Blog - So many choices!
Miranda gives a comprehensive guide to different knit fabrics along with helpful pictures and lots of information.
Sew Mama Sew - How to Choose the Best Knit Fabric for your Project

OK, so this one was written by us, but it does give a comprehensive guide to the different types of knit fabrics, their make up and best uses for each type.
Tilly and the Buttons - Sewing for Your Style

TIlly writes an excellent blog about sewing for your style to make sure your wardrobe represents your personality and look.

You can also find lots of other helpful hints, tips and guides on the Girl Charlee Pinterest pages - 
Guides to Knit Fabrics
Sewing with Knits: Tutorials

Once you have decided on the perfect type of fabric for your next project, visit GirlCharlee.co.uk to choose the perfect print, pattern or colour.  Our different types of knits are shown below, click the image to see the full range for each type - 
 Cotton Jersey Cotton Lycra/Spandex BOLT by Girl Charlee Cotton Spandex Ponte De Roma Rib KnitsNylon Spandex Hacci Sweater French Terry Sweatshirt Fleece
For more ideas, patterns and tutorials, follow Girl Charlee's board on Pinterest.
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Happy Sewing!
~ Mark & The Girl Charlee Team

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