Matching Sewing Patterns to Fabric

A handy cheat sheet for matching your dressmaking patterns to the right fabric!

Achieving the perfect fit!  

In Issue 38 of Love Sewing Magazinewe meet Lynda Maynard, known in the fashion design industry as a ‘fit specialist’.  

In addition to the practical tips she shares in the magazine interview we have a useful table to share with you to help you choose which fabric to use for which pattern.  it can be very confusing, so bookmark or pin this handy guide for future reference.

Each pattern will have a list of suggested fabric, if you’re still quite new to sewing, these lists can be quite confusing. Here’s a guide to some of the more common fabric, along with what kind of styles they best suit and their typical fibre content.

If you’re planning to make a pattern that you haven’t made before, make a quick toile in a similar weight, substitute fabric first to check whether you want to make any tweaks to the fit or style. Once you’ve sewn with a range of different fabrics and have an idea of how they behave, what they’re like to sew and how much you enjoy wearing them, you can experiment with substituting the fabric recommended for the sewing pattern.

choosing fabric for a sewing pattern cheat sheet

 

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