Matching Sewing Patterns to Dressmaking Fabric

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

Picking the perfect dressmaking fabric!

In Issue 38 of Love Sewing Magazine 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 dressmaking fabric to use for which sewing pattern.  it can be very confusing, so bookmark or pin this handy guide for future reference.

Each dressmaking 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 dressmaking fabric, along with what kind of styles they best suit and their typical fibre content.

If you’re planning to make up a dressmaking 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 dressmaking 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.

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