Tips for Fabric Shopping

  1. Be Consistent

Buy the same fabric for solid garments as you would use for striped or variegated ones. Don’t just buy a bright red and reuse all your old shirts if they’re white, navy or black. Otherwise, it might not turn out the way you expect. It’s good to carry your project to the fabric shop to compare.

  1. Avoid wool blends

Wool blends stretch too much after washing, which can ruin your project if you’re working on anything big like pants or a dress. Exceptions to this are wool or polyester blends which wash nicely and don’t stretch out of shape as much as all-wool fabric.

  1. Buy floral fabrics in moderation

Too many floral fabrics can make your garment look tacky or childish. This is especially true with anything intended for adult wear like blouses, dresses, coats or skirts. It can also look inappropriate if you wear it to formal occasions.

  1. Check the Return Policy While Buying Online

It’s okay to buy materials online if you’re not sure what the fabric will look or feel like in person, provided you can return it or alter it to your liking if necessary. Online fabric shops that offer a wide selection and have earned good ratings are more likely to be trustworthy because they’ve been around for a while and stand by their products.

  1. Buy from a reputable Online Fabric Shop

If you’re willing to buy online and cannot access a fabric shop in person, it is advisable to buy from an online store well known or one that has appealing customer reviews. There are many scammers on the web waiting to take advantage of your naivety.

  1. Estimate your Expected Quantity

Decide on the amount you want before buying multiples of it. Otherwise, you run the risk of not having enough when you get home from the fabric shop or accidentally buying twice as much as you want. This is a common problem of craft novices who don’t think that far ahead. If anything, it’s always better to have an extra piece of fabric left than to be in a deficit.