Fabric Guide

SCUBA

GSM: 200 COMPOSITION: 95% POLYESTER 5% ELASTANE WIDTH: 61” INCHES, 155 CM

Scuba has been used in ‘high street fashion’ for a few years now for summer/spring clothing. So there is little wonder many of us want to use it in our own creations.

A double knit fabric Scuba fabrics tend to be made from Polyester scuba jersey is well known for having both good stretch and recovery. Something that you will appreciate if like me you tend to accidentally pull/stretch fabrics while sewing them!

Scuba is generally used to make dance-wear, leggings and dresses (think of evening or party dresses) and is quite easy to care for. 

SPUN POLYESTER

GSM: 180  COMPOSITION: 95% POLYESTER 5% ELASTANE WIDTH: 61” INCHES, 155 CM

Spun Polyester is made by spinning 100% polyester fibers into yarns. These yarns are then taken and made into thread which consists of two or three ply constructions. Spun Polyester is a medium weight fabric between Basic Polyester and Cottunique. It provides you with several huge benefits. First of all, it looks and feels like cotton.

Spun Poly is guaranteed to last twice as long as Poly Cotton. Spun Poly does not require ironing. Spun Poly does not shrink. Looks, breathes, and feels better than Poly Cotton.

CREPE

GSM: 220 COMPOSITION: 95% POLYESTER 5% ELASTANE WIDTH: 61” INCHES, 155 CM

Rich in texture and gives a garment awe-inspiring appearance. Among the contemporary fabrics crepe is well-liked by customers and designers. Crepe has a creased or grain surface which has small folds or ridges and can be made from several different materials. This fabric can be very flattering on the body and is suitable for tailored trousers, straight skirts, jackets, full skirts or semi-fitted dresses.

LYCRA/SPANDEX

GSM: 190 COMPOSITION 80% POLYESTER 20% ELASTANE WIDTH: : 58” INCHES, 147 CM

Spandex is almost always mixed with another fabric -- even the stretchiest leotards and bathing suits are less than 40-percent Lycra mixed with cotton or polyester. Due to its ability to mold to the body, Lycra is ideal for compression garments, surgical stockings, swimwear and sportswear. It's also used to add stretch to jeans, tops, dresses and even fitted sheets. known for its exceptional elasticity.

VELVET

GSM: 200 COMPOSITION: 100% POLYESTER WIDTH: 58” INCHES, 147 CM

Velvet is a kind of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are distributed in an even manner in a short dense pile thus giving a very soft and smooth feel. Velvet is described as smooth, soft and with a rich touch. This fabric can be used for many uses such as elegant dresses and fancy drapes. Printed velvet has a sharp finish to it and looks amazing.

BUBBLE CREPE

GSM: 140 COMPOSITION: 100% POLYESTER WIDTH: 60” INCHES, 152 CM

Rich in texture and gives a garment an awe-inspiring appearance. Among the contemporary fabrics bubble crepe is well-liked by customers and designers.  Bubble crepe has a crinkly texture and lots of bounce. This fabric has may uses and is ideal for blouses, tops, skirts and dresses.

LOOPBACK FABRIC

GSM: 240 COMPOSITION: 95% POLYESTER 5% ELASTANE WIDTH: 62” INCHES, 157 CM

Loopback fabric is known as sweatshirt fabric but can be used for many other purposes. This fabric has a soft texture reasonable amount of stretch and is a medium to heavy weight fabric.  Loopback fabric can absorb sweat from your body and pass it into the garment to keep you cool.

FLEECE

GSM: 240 COMPOSITION: 95% POLYESTER 5% ELASTANE WIDTH: 62” INCHES, 157 CM 

The super soft, warm and breathable nature of this magic material makes it perfect for outerwear and all things cosy. Fleece is a soft, fuzzy fabric used for sweaters, sweat shirts, jackets, mittens, hats, blankets, and in any other applications where a warm, wool-like material is needed. Polyester fleece is much lighter than wool but has some of the same properties as wool. It is soft, light, warm and comfortable.

POWER MESH

GSM: 120 COMPOSITION: 100% POLYESTER WIDTH: 60” INCHES, 152 CM

Power mesh has a quality appearance and is soft, has 2 way stretch, great drape and excellent shape retention. It is lightweight, breathable and well known for its compression abilities. Power mesh fabric retains its shape and allows the skin to breathe. Due to the mesh texture, it allows moisture to escape, offering greater comfort than thicker stretchy fabrics such as spandex.

CHIFFON

GSM: 120 COMPOSITION: 100% POLYESTER WIDTH: 60” INCHES, 152 CM

Chiffon is a lightweight plain-woven fabric with mesh like weave that gives it transparent appearance. The twist in the crepe yarns puckers the fabric slightly in both directions after weaving, giving it some stretch and a slightly rough feel. It is soft, see through and light. Chiffon is an ideal choice for the summer and chiffon can be used in so many different ways to offer a splash of elegance while ensuring the heat doesn't overwhelm the wearer.

LIVERPOOL

GSM: 240 COMPOSITION: 95% POLYESTER 5% ELASTANE WIDTH: 60” INCHES, 152 CM

Liverpool is a double knit fabric giving it a more stable knit. Double knits give a more structured, stable look to your garments and are great for beginners wanting to sew with knits. This is also a very popular fabric right now. It is a poly spandex blend with high horizontal stretch and a texture on the right side. This fabric is ideal for skirts, dresses, tops, trousers, cardigans and many other items.

PONTE

GSM: 220 COMPOSITION: 95% POLYESTER 5% ELASTANE WIDTH: 60” INCHES, 152 CM

Ponte is a stable double knit fabric. Ponte fabrics are tightly knitted resulting in a mid to heavyweight fabric that has a moderate to slight amount of stretch. Ponte also holds its shape because the fabric is tightly woven. It travels well, doesn’t fade and is super comfortable. It rarely wrinkles and wears extremely well.

This fabric is incredibly figure-flattering perfect for creating dresses, skirts, trousers and other fitted garments

ITY

GSM: 220 COMPOSITION: 80% POLYESTER 20% ELASTANE WIDTH: 60” INCHES, 152 CM

ITY stands for Interlock Twist Yarn. It is a method of putting a twist in yarn used for knit fabrics resulting in a more natural elasticity and a soft feel inside & out. ITY has a very premium feel to it and has a very good stretch to it. The drape with this fabric is flattering and it is wrinkle resistant. ITY can be used for many different items such as tops, tanks, tees, skirts, dresses, cardigans, wraps, shawls, pants and many other items.

MICRO SPANDEX 

GSM: 220 COMPOSITION: 95% POLYESTER 5% ELASTANE WIDTH: 59” INCHES, 149 CM

The most common type of synthetic material that microfiber is made from is polyester. This fabric has a very good stretch to it.  Micro fibre flex fabric can be used as an alternative to spandex as it also holds all the same abilities similar to spandex and this fabric is also price competitive. ideal for compression garments, surgical stockings, swimwear and sportswear. It's also used to add stretch to jeans, tops, dresses and even fitted sheets. This fabric has a four way stretch. 

SATIN 

GSM: 100 COMPOSITION: 97% POLYESTER 3% ELASTANE WIDTH: 59” INCHES, 149 CM

Polyester Satin Fabric is a lustrous soft material with a nice drape for a gorgeously flowy look. The material is crafted using a weaving technique whereby at least four weft yarns float over a single warp yarn at a time, or vice versa. This floating, creates the glossy appearance of the fabric. Because it is made from polyester, this material offers the same outstanding durability, insulation and wrinkle resistance characteristic of Polyester Fabric. As strong as it is beautiful, satin fabric is perfect for creating stunning gowns, cinched dresses, and blazers.

SOFT TOUCH CREPE 

GSM: 220 COMPOSITION: 95% POLYESTER 5% ELASTANE WIDTH: 59” INCHES, 149 CM

Soft Touch is a thin polyester elastane fabric suitable for bodycon dresses, body tops and many other items. This fabric has an amazing slinky feel to it and has a very good stretch compared too many other fabrics. This fabric is perfect for making figure hugging dresses, thanks to its shiny soft textured appearance

 GSM= GRAMS PER SQUARE METER