In recent decades, cheap ready-made clothing and furniture have led to the decline of skills such as home tailoring, knitting and sewing. Why make a top if you can just buy one?
In the past few years, there has been an increase in people making their own things. People in the UK are taking up baking, crafts, and now needlework, sewing and knitting.
When it comes to beginners it is best to stick to simple designs and perhaps copy some ideas from your current wardrobe. You could add these to your existing fashion collection and be inspired. To try a Beginners Knitting Kit, visit Stitch & Story, suppliers of Beginners Knitting Kit.
This trend was recently reported by the Guardian. Most beginners begin with a pre-made pattern once they have decided to sew and what they want to create. The next step is to select the fabric. Knowing what’s available and which fabrics work best will help you make the right choice before starting your first project.
Natural or Man-Made
Natural fabrics can be made either from plant or animal fibres. Silk and wool are examples of fabrics made from animal fibres. Examples of plant fibres are linen, wool and cotton.
Fabrics made from man-made materials include nylon and polyester. Some fabrics are a mixture of both natural and synthetic fibres.
The main fabrics
Cotton is a natural product that is very versatile. Cotton can be woven in many different fabrics, from lightweight handkerchiefs, shirts, cotton poplin, to heavy canvas. It is also used as a base for fabrics such as denim and corduroy.
Fabrics like polyester and polycotton are widely used in clothing because they are cheap, easy to stitch and crease resistant.