Searching for fabric is one of our favourite parts of the clothes making process. Yes, there are many shapes and silhouettes and types of clothing to wear, but compared to the infinite colour and texture combinations, here is where the real play is at.
I offer you a series of questions, to help you discover exactly what you're looking for:
When we think of colour we think of a mood, a tone, a place to play.
What colour palate are you thinking of?
Which colours work well with your skin?
Which colours make your feel confident?
Are you looking to colour block, or do you want to wear something with different tones and textures?
Fibre talks about the material used to make the fabric.
Your first option is natural or synthetic, or a combination.
Generally synthetic fabrics are more affordable however they are made from plastics. Most stretch fabrics contain a percentage of synthetic fibre.
Linen, cotton, hemp and silk fabrics are all contain natural fibre, but are more pricey (especially for thicker fabric weights).
The fibre also influences how the fabric falls or drapes:
Are you looking for a dress which will lift in the wind,
or trousers which hold their form,
or a suit with angular shoulders but trousers soft as pleats,
or simply a coat thick enough to keep you warm?
How does the fabric feel as you stroke it across your cheek? - This is honestly why fabric searching is our favourite part: texture. And why I recommend you to search for your ideal fabric.
Stripes. Checks. Flowers. Or just not a fan of prints?
Stretched fabric is only necessary for tight fitted garments, such as: swimsuits, active wear, leggings and t-shirts
Recommended Fabric Stores (Cape Town) and why:
Studio 47 (62 Newmarket St, Woodstock) is our go to. They have a very wide variety of fabrics, affordable prices, with staff who are friendly and helpful.
Lowry Fabrics (38 Sir Lowry Rd, Foreshore) stocks a magnificent variety of floral and patterned fabrics (Imported and Local).
The Fabric House (206 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock ) stocks only natural fibres (cotton, linen and hemp). But be warned, these natural fibres can be pricey. However if you can afford it, I highly recommend these fibres for environmental and quality reasons. A good linen suit, is just. Wow.
Fabric City (32 Sir Lowry Rd, Foreshore) is useful for dress-up or embellished fabrics. They have wide variety of fabrics and accessories to look through over four floors. Their prices are slightly higher than some other stores.
Cape Town Sewing Centre (78 Darling St, Foreshore) is the perfect place to find buttons, zips, trims, lace and other accessories. (As well as, Studio 47 and the 4th floor of Fabric City).
There are many fabric stores in Wynberg (Cape Town), throughout Woodstock and all over the world. These stores are just the conveniently located for us and those we have the most experience with.
We recommend you look for your own fabric, especially if you're specific about what you're looking for, and because its fun!
If you're nervous, or would prefer to leave the power in our hands we would be happy to find fabric on your behalf (Deposit required).
If you have any further questions, or would like some more guidance, don't be shy: