Preparing your fabric for sewing a beautiful garment

In recent there seems to have been another surge in the number of people making some of their own clothes items. This may be in part due to the popularity of shows like The Great Bristish Sewing Bee, but it appears that more people are starting to appreciate the beauty and quality of some good Dressmaking Fabrics like the ones you can find at

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There are some key steps that you should take to prepare your material before you start sewing.

When you have brought home your selected material that you have carefully chosen following the guidelines on the back of your pattern you should check the instructions for washing your fabric. If you have visited a fabric store to buy your material you should check to see if there are any instructions for washing, drying and pressing the fabric on the roll and make a note of thee before you leave the store. If you forget there is no need to panic, if you know the makeup of your fabric a quick internet search will give you the instructions that you need. Washing your fabric before you start working with it helps to remove any impurities from the fabric as well as allowing any of the dye that has not fully taken to the material fibres to be released.

Once you have washed and dried your fabric it is important for you to press it with an iron. Again, you need to check the temperature at which you should do this based on your chosen material type. Once you have pressed your material you will have a nice clean and wrinkle free piece of material to work with. At this point some people will attach iron – on interfacing to the material if it is required.

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Following on from this you can then place and pin your pattern pieces to the material following the pattern guidelines as to whether the pieces should be working with or against the grain of the fabric. This is important to follow as it will affect the overall look and fit of your finished garment.  Once you have pinned your pieces you can either draw around them with a tailor chalk pencil, fabric pen before cutting them out with fabric scissors or you may choose to use a cutting wheel instead which means that you can trace around the outline of the pattern with the wheel cutting the fabric as you go.

Now you are ready to sit at your sewing machine.

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