Do you ever shop for fabrics online? What about shopping for knit and stretch fabrics? Are you confident in where and how to shop for knit fabrics online, and how to make sure you are using the right kind of fabric for your project?
I came to sewing only recently so naturally when I wanted to sew clothes, I wanted to emulate the types of clothes already in my wardrobe, and these days most of them are stretch in some way or another. I think some of that has to do with the expanding nature of my body in the last couple of years – I've found a stretch garment will fit me over more size changes than a regular woven garment.
Many of the sewing patterns I've developed have been for stretch fabrics, but I still sometimes struggle to get the right fabric, because I have to order them online and get them shipped in, so I tend to stick with the couple that I know. Cotton jersey and ITY knit. Great. But there are so many other kinds of stretch fabrics and I wanted to expand my knowledge.
I've also had quite a few questions recently from people wanting to know if (for example) a ponte knit would be suitable for this dress, or these pants etc. Er, I really don't know – I've never seen or held a ponte knit in real life so I couldn't say. Makes me feel like a sewing dunce that I can't help and am afraid of fabrics I don't know!
I know your frustration with buying fabrics online and wanted to come up with a solution for me – and all of you too.
Introducing the Knit Swatch Solution!
I get a lot of my knits from Fabric Mart – they have a great range and even greater prices. So when I had a question about the different types of stretch fabrics and what was best for what project, they had the answer for me.
Here it is – a sample pack of 12 different types of the mostly commonly used stretch fabrics, so now you and I will all know what a fabric looks like, feels like, drapes like, what its made from and what project its suitable for.
The swatch kit includes the 12 pieces of stretch fabric and a really good explanation of each one.
Take a look at the Swatch kit in more detail
Why you should get this swatch kit
If like me, you have ever not known what fabric to order, or have (even worse), ordered something and then it just wasn't right and your money was wasted – then you should get this kit.
I bargained hard with Fabric Mart on our behalf and this is a great price. You can buy the swatches and the explanatory list for just $4.95 including postage. Think of the money you'll actually save by not buying the wrong fabrics in future.
BUY THE SWATCH KIT HERE
Or even better – if you place an order for $50 of fabric from Fabric Mart, then they will send you the Swatch Kit for free – just add the Swatch Kit to your order then apply discount code SWATCH at check out to see the cost of the kit disappear, and they will include it for free with your order.
For UK readers
Sadly these kits can only be sent to the USA. If you are in the UK, there is a great book you can buy as an alternative that includes swatches and information, although it is more expensive.
I'm so glad I got mine. It's opened up a whole new world of fabrics I would never have ordered before and I'll be keeping this on hand with my patterns ready for the next time I have to place an order.
So what about you? Are there any other fabrics out there that you simply don't order because you don't know what they are? What about the knit fabrics and this swatch kit – what do you think? Would you like to see more like this sort of thing in future?