Now of course part of getting ready to make a dress is choosing the
right fabric. The best type, design, and colour scheme to suit the
particular style of dress that you plan on making. For instance if
you're looking for an elegant flowing effect, you may want to
At the same time though do be aware that fine silk can be a bit
difficult to work with. Not only that, but high quality silk also
be quite costly. What this means, is that mistakes while you're
working with this particular fabric can be expensive, so keep that
in mind if you're a beginner.
Now cotton on the other hand, is a great all around fabric to
work with in dress making. Not only is it one of the easiest to
work with but it comes in just so many grades, types, and designs.
Cotton also dyes well which is one more thing to consider if you
want to try your hand at creating your own abstract fabric
Now as stated above, there are several grades of cotton fabric
and up at the top of the list is Egyptian cotton. So then just what
is it that makes cotton from Egypt so coveted, and special? It's
because it has longer fibres than domestically grown cotton.
Long fibres mean thinner thread can be made from it, and thinner
threads mean higher thread-count. Simply put, with Egyptian cotton
weavers are able to make cotton fabric that has more threads per
square inch in the weave, and is also sheerer. It's thinner.
Now there are several types of synthetic fabrics and before you
pass them over for being too synthetic, you should take one thing
into account. That is that some of the newer synthetics are hard
difficult to distinguish from natural materials. Also they do have
their fair share of positive attributes.
To start off with synthetics tend to be more affordable, and
that comes in real handy if you're a beginner. They're also low
maintenance and perhaps after putting in all the work in it takes
to make a dress you just might appreciate that. So many of them
also have such a nice drape too, they flow on the body well which
is so important with a dress.
There is also any number of natural and synthetic blends, and
there's a lot to say about them as well. For instance, a wool nylon
blend allows you to have all the positives of a wool fabric,
without so much of the scratchiness. Also cotton synthetic blends
give you the natural airy feeling of cotton, without the
So in the end, the bottom line is that there is just a whole lot
more to choosing the right fabric for dress making than simply
choosing what looks right for you. Each type of cloth has its own
positives and negatives to consider, and they all should be taken
into account before you decide.