To design and make clothing, you will evidently need to consider the appearance of each garment. When it comes to designing a collection or trying to establish a capsule wardrobe, every element will need to be carefully deliberated. This includes the silhouette, shape, fabric, embellishments and design features such as pleats, gathers, pockets and collars. They all make an impact and can instantly change the overall look. In these blog posts we are going to review a variety of clothing elements to help you make informed decisions in your design process. » Read more..
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When the venue and date of your big day is all set, you want the organisation of everything else to run smoothly so that it all comes together without any ‘oh I should have thought of that’ panics. One of the important parts of wedding planning is the decor to make such a special occasion look perfect. Type wedding decoration into a Google search and countless ideas will come up. Yet how to go about putting everything together is another matter, including the use of fabrics, paints, furnishing and decoration.
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To sum up this sustainability topic, which never really ends so long as we keep thinking about our planet and ethics, here are some key actions needed to make a difference.
But firstly, did you know that 30% of the carbon footprint associated with fashion actually lies with the consumer? One way specifically is through washing and even more so through tumble drying. Where cutting down on washes and using a drying rack will help our impact on the environment, here is what we can do to change the impact of the supply chain. » Read more..
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could transform your garden into something like the Botanical gardens located near us in Birmingham? Summer season is on our doorstep so we’re just in time to help you get your outdoor home geared up for Sunday afternoons of lounging in the sun. First step is to get your garden lawn cut and flowers planted and then you can follow these visionary ideas to show off at a garden party, when hosting a barbecue with friends or relaxing with the family. Plus I have included some useful information on fabrics which are recommended for outdoor use so that you can effectively spruce up your exterior lounge. » Read more..
It’s national pet month! We love animals at Fabric UK meaning that we don’t stock any real leathers or furs for ethical reasons but we do sell fabrics that can be used for animals! Seeing as we get so many people calling in asking for petwear fabric, it’s about time we dedicate some thought to fabric for pets. But think again if you thought pet bedding and clothing was plain and uninteresting because these ideas are elegant, achievable and purrrrfect for pets. » Read more..
The sun has been shining for the past week which means we’re finally jumping into spring! Weather is clearly a big factor in fabric and garment choice so that we can stay comfortable and warm. The March to June period is a favourable time of the year as you can team both heavier winter fabrics with cooler, free flowing fabrics. Classic springtime materials include lightweight, insulating fabrics which ‘breathe’ to allow for the rise in temperature as the weather becomes milder compared to the cold winter. Prints gladly look more fresh and fun with summery, neutral and lighter colours in the form of florals and stripes. Below are our top 4 spring fabrics: » Read more..
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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. » Read more..
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.
Summer is on its way and we are already feeling the heat thanks to what appears to be one of the warmest Aprils in recent memory if early indications are anything to go by. With the warmer weather comes a complete change in wardrobe, which the ardent fabric lover will relish as an opportunity to try out a few new designs to add to their summer clothes collection. With the heat most definitely on, it is crucial that you choose the right fabrics for your project, so here we aim to look at the top ten materials that are perfect for summer clothing. » Read more..
Hit the fashion, Jack, and come back for more, for more, for more, it’s the Union Jack. What’d you say?
Fabric UK is bringing you one of the most iconic materials… Union Jack on trevira at £4.99/metre.
The Union Jack dress was an item of clothing worn by singer Geri Halliwell at the 1997 BRIT Awards. The mini dress had a flag of the United Kingdom, the Union Jack and on the front a white peace symbol. The next day press from all over the world ensured it made the front page and that moment is remembered as one of the most iconic pop moments of the 1990s and BRIT Awards history.
The Daily Telegraphs recalls it as top in an online poll that was set up to find the 10 most iconic dresses of the last 50 years, beating Marilyn Monroe’s dress and the wedding dress of Princess Diana. » Read more..