Behind the Scenes of our Samples Department

We know that for some people it’s important to have fabric samples so that you can see and feel the fabric before going by the metre. For others they might be useful for quilting, university projects or inspiration and mood boards. With this in mind, we thought it was time to give you a peek into what goes on behind the scenes in the samples department. Having all these samples pretty much gives us our own fabric library; we have a few hundred boxes all numbered, ordered and categorised with a comprehensive range of fabrics.

As an intern, I have spent over a month in the samples department and gained an insight into what really goes on. I found that samples is a busy and often a fast paced environment as orders come in thick and fast. Fabrics have to constantly be cut to make more samples and sometimes samples requested for a new fabric or for other fabrics awaiting stock can take a little more time to be sent out. Continue reading “Behind the Scenes of our Samples Department”

5 Ways of Using Fabrics for Valentines

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Valentines is just around the corner so we’ve compiled some fabrics and looks which are just right for this time of the year and why not for the rest of the year too! These irresistible valentine fabrics are all about elegance, impeccable drape and beautiful aesthetics, perfect for the occasion!

Crepe Backed Satin

Crepe backed satin KBT6456 which can also be called satin backed crepe, has the lustrous feel and shiny look of the satin weave on one side and the pebbly feel from the highly twisted yarns of the crepe on the other side. Both the satin and the crepe side can be used as the right side of the fabric. Use this mulberry colour with black lace to make a darker, seductive look for an excellent valentines dinner dress or a bralette as below. Continue reading “5 Ways of Using Fabrics for Valentines”

Fabrics for Sportswear

Sports fabrics are technical materials which help to keep the wearer comfortable during exercise. The type of fabric required will depend upon the intensity of the exercise and the activity. Yoga clothing should use fabrics with good stretch ability for easy movement which will likely require the fabric to be of a knitted construction. Apparel for long distance running will keep the wearer in good comfort if it has excellent moisture wicking properties to enable sweat to transfer from the inside to the outside for the garment. Performance clothing for outdoor sports in the winter or snow sports ought to use breathable fabrics with very good insulating properties.

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Testing Different Types of Water Resistant Fabrics

In the video below I will be testing a range of water resistant fabrics that we stock here at Fabric UK. I will be doing this by placing a fabric sample over a clear glass jar, securing it with an elastic band and pouring the same amount of water on the surface of each fabric sample. If no water collects in the jar, then it is clear that the fabric has a level of water resistance. Note that this test only demonstrates a low level of water resistance. With an increase of pressure, some of the fabrics would prove to be more water resistant than others, meaning that they can withstand a higher water pressure before the water penetrates the fabric.  Continue reading “Testing Different Types of Water Resistant Fabrics”

Tips For Working With Fleece

While fleece is generally quite easy to care for, it can be fairly difficult to work with. This is particularly the case if you are used to working with softer fabrics that are easier to manage, such as silk or cotton.

However, with the right knowledge you should find that you can create garments using fleece without too much trouble. Here are a couple of tips to get you started. Continue reading “Tips For Working With Fleece”

Cotton Duck Fabric

Cotton duck has many different names, including “ducks,” “duck cloth” and “duck canvas.”

Origins

Cotton duck is a plain-woven fabric, which may also be referred to as canvas.

“Duck” comes from the Dutch word “doek,” meaning linen cloth. Cotton duck distinguishes the fabric from other types of ducks, most notably the traditional linen. Duck can also be made from other materials, such as flax. However, cotton duck is not related to the bird of the same name. Continue reading “Cotton Duck Fabric”

Awning Material For The Outdoors

Solution-dyed, acrylic awning fabric is the ideal choice when it comes to solar protection, guaranteeing excellent, long-term protection against UV rays, heat, glare and inclement weather.

Its solution-dyed Sunacryl acrylic fibres and special Cleangard outdoor awning treatment give it exceptional long-term colour fastness and superior resistance to tearing, water damage and dirt. Recommended for all types of awnings, wherever they are placed. Certain solid colours are available in widths of 165ˆ, 200ˆ, 250ˆ and 320ˆ cm. Colours available online are in a width of 120 cm. Continue reading “Awning Material For The Outdoors”

3M Reflective Tape Information

Reflective Tape
Reflective Tape

3M Scotchlite Reflective Tape is visibility/identification tape for enhanced night-time reflective brightness. 3M Scotchlite Reflective tapes are available in 25mm or 50mm wide, sew-on or self adhesive (50mm only) for flexible applications.

Reflective tape is highly recommended for any nighttime or low-light activities, especially For childrens clothing, book bags, bicycles, etc. Perfect last-minute safety addition (Sew a few strips to your childs Halloween sack!). Continue reading “3M Reflective Tape Information”