And, Your Favourite Fabric IS….(ratta tatta tatta tat – that’s a drum roll, not machine gun fire)

Fabric Fabrics Everywhere

Ahhh, to keep you in suspense for just a moment longer!  I must tell you that my blog has been short-listed on BurdaStyle’s 50 Best Bloggers for Sewing EnthusiastsTop 50 Blogs for Sewing Enthusiasts ButtonI really couldn’t believe it when I saw it!  Heck, I’m still flabbergasted when even one person enjoys my ‘style’ and comments on my posts.  🙂  I’ve no idea how Burda makes selections for this list or if somebody nominated my blog, but, if so, thank you very much!  I appreciate every person who drops by the ol’ blog, leaves a thoughtful remark, shares some wisdom, puts a smile on my face or offers up terrific advice!  We really do have a pretty special community here in the wonderful world of sewing.

There are definitely some fantastic blogs on the list, I am honoured to be in such great company (although a few of my personal favourites are noticeably missing).  You can go here to see who is on the list and vote for Gjeometry or any of your favourite blogs on the list.  Voting ends Monday, September 8th.

OK, now CHART TIME!

Favourite Fabric to Sew Chart

KatsMerinoWoolPapercutPatternsCopellia

Kat in her cosy Merino Wool Papercut Patterns Coppelia wrap top

Results were tabulated from this post, and the winning fabric, pulling ahead by just a thread (hahahaha) is…. 100% cotton!  This included:

  • lightweight quilting cotton
  • voile
  • batiste
  • lawn

Coming in a close second was wool!  This included:

  • wool suiting
  • merino wool
  • wool crepe
Morgan's Lovely Linen Livery

Morgan’s Lovely Linen Livery

 

Tied for third place was stretch cotton sateen (including stretch textured Jacquard) and linen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some other fun facts that we discovered:

Favourite Fabric to Wear Least Favourite Fabric to sew wear table

Favourite quote (by Rebecca):  “Cutting silk is like trying to cut water.” 🙂

Now, if you are new to my blog and/or did not get a chance to vote in this fabulously scientific survey, fear not!!  You can still add your favourite fabrics to sew and/or wear in the comments section and we can update the charts.  CHART!!  They do not have to be one of the already listed fabrics.Kitty has the technology

What Do Some Of These Terms Mean? 

Most of the fabrics are pretty self-explanatory, but here’s some info on a few of the  items.

Jacquard:

Jac·quard, Joseph Marie 1752-1834 was the French inventor of the Jacquard loom (1801), the first automatic loom able to weave complex patterns.
1. A fabric with an intricately woven pattern.
2. A special loom or the method employed in the weaving of a figured fabric.

Jacquard Fabric and Brooke's Fabulous Stretch Jacquard Trousers

Jacquard Fabric Swatch and Brooke’s Fabulous Stretch Jacquard Trousers

Jacquard weave:  a fabric in which the design is incorporated into the weave instead of being printed or dyed on.

Viscose or Rayon?

Well, actually, viscose and rayon are not entirely the same thing.  They are manufactured with the same process but different materials are used for each.  While rayon can be made with cellulose from a variety of plants, viscose is made from wood pulp or cotton linter.  More information can be found here:  Difference Between Rayon and Viscose.

Twill

Twill is a type of weave that produces a pattern of diagonal parallel ribs or lines (think herringbone).  This is done by passing the weft thread over one or more warp threads and then under two or more warp threads.  Examples of twill are denim, chino, gabardine and tweed.

Twill and Herringbone Swatches.

Twill and Herringbone Swatches.

Challis

Challis is a soft, lightweight, usually printed, woven fabric, originally a silk-and-wool blend.  It is often made from a single fibre, such as cotton, silk or wool, or from human-made fabrics such as rayon.

Challis Fabrics from my Stash (what to sew with them?) and Anne's Beautiful Challis Summer Frock

Challis Fabrics from my Stash (what to sew with them?) and Anne’s Beautiful Challis Summer Frock

ITY Knits

ITY stands for Interlock Twist Yarn, which gives the fabric a natural elasticity and is usually made from polyester.  The crepe textures can have a soft feel, but the smoother ones have a tendency to feel a bit ‘plastic-y’.  Skipped stitches can result and a proper (stretch or microtex) needle is key.

 

Till next time!

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43 thoughts on “And, Your Favourite Fabric IS….(ratta tatta tatta tat – that’s a drum roll, not machine gun fire)

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thanks for voting Caroline! There are SO many different types of fabrics and then also sub-categories within a fabric type, it’s crazy! I’m just now starting to learn some of the differences and some new fabrics. And ’twill next time….’ LOL, NICE ONE!! I wish I had used that in my post!

    • Gjeometry says:

      Ooooh, a blend of silk/cotton would be like the perfect fabric! It would drape and flow like silk but still have some of the stability and easy to sew properties of cotton. Off now to search for such a blend.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thank you so much Natallie!!! I can’t wait for community centre sewing class to start up again. I have to check the book to see when it begins. Looking forward to it!

  1. Kelly McDonald says:

    Hi there! Congrats on being shortlisted! I love your blog & although its very rare I comment on anything,I think its good manners to give credit where credit’s due! So well done & best of luck to ya! Keep up the fantastic work! 😉 xx

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thanks Kristin! I was pretty surprised when Maria pointed it out to me. (I didn’t even realize such a list existed). But, am disappointed that some of my favourite blogs are not on the list.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thank You Rebecca! It’s a big deal to me, I was pretty stoked! But, at the same time, not so sure how ‘scientific’ their selection was since there was a lot of blogs that I like and follow that were not on there.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Ooooh, our first vote for velvet!! Brave choice as lots of people find velvet difficult to work with. But, as George Costanza says, “if it were socially acceptable, I would drape myself in velvet”. 🙂

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thank You Sandra! An impressive list, for sure (although I do believe missing some of my personal favourites). Wool was definitely a contender in our survey, it came in second. People like the way it ‘shrinks’ to fit and presses out and ‘ooopsies’ so well. I think it also tends to cut and sew nicely as it doesn’t slip and slide.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I would have guessed fav fabric for sewing was 100%cotton ..love it too.. happy to see your blog is shortlited, i voted for you .go girl ,good luck 🙂

    • Gjeometry says:

      Yup, 100% cotton the definite winner, but wool was very close on it’s tail! Thank you so much for voting, that’ very kind! Wish you left your name, so I know who you are! 🙂

    • Gjeometry says:

      Hey, thank you so much Louise! Don’t know how scientific their selection process was, but it’s still such a thrill to know that others enjoy my ramblings, sewing and Kitty antics.

  3. mrsmole says:

    No surprise that your were included in that bunch of blogs…you have great photos and explain things so clearly and have your own style. You got my vote! Linen and rayon get my vote for favs but as you know, I see way too much ivory satin polyester which is the fabric de jour these days.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Aw, thank you mrsmole, you are very kind. 🙂 Linen and rayon are winners, for sure. Ah yes, I recall seeing many fancy formal satin dresses on your blog that you so expertly alter/sew for clients. Hey, if they’re happy, who are we to judge, right?

  4. lainie132 says:

    Congratulations on making the list. Recognizes all the work you put into your blog and the interaction you have with fellow enthusiasts. Elaine
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  5. Jilly says:

    I can’t remember what I voted. Oh, wait I didn’t vote. I’m kind of surprised it’s cotton. I would have voted silk. Even though it’s troublesome, I love the result. Or knit. Love knit. And, did you make that jacket in the first photo? It looks interesting. Very.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Oh shucks, missed the fabric voting. Well, you could have pushed silk up to make a 3-way tie for third place with stretch cotton sateen and knits. I did not make the jacket in the first photo. It is a sweater knit and has ties at the bottom sides that you can adjust the look of it. Can’t remember where I purchased it!

  6. Born To Organize says:

    Well darn. I just went to vote and realized we’re passed the deadline. Congratulations on the honor. I hope you win.

    Great post on the different types of fabric. I love sewing with both wool and cotton, and don’t mind rayon either. I love the wear and drape of rayon and the comfort of a cotton knit. So many choices in our day. Aren’t we lucky?

    • Gjeometry says:

      Heh, thanks for trying to vote! SO many fabric types that it can be very overwhelming, but as long as you know some basics, it is fairly easy to match pattern/garment to fabric type.

  7. Chuleenan - C Sews says:

    Congrats on being recognized by BurdaStyle! How wonderful! Sorry I missed the voting. 😦 I wish I had more time to visit people’s blogs more often.

    Thanks for your informative fabric rundown – interesting to see the results.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thank You Chuleenan! I know what you mean about not having enough time to visit people’s blogs. I find that with more and more sewing blogs starting up, (and YAY to that!) it is becoming more and more difficult to read each of them in a timely manner and even more challenging to comment on everybody’s posts. Thanks for stopping by mine! 🙂

  8. Boomdeeadda says:

    Well drats, I don’t know how I didn’t see your post when it was in my emails. I always look for my favourites. I swung by because I wondered what you’d been up too.

    Congratulations to you and kitty on your well deserved recognition. How awesome is that. I really like the fabric of Anne’s top too. Speaking of fabric, that’s an amazing store you’re in. We haven’t any good fabric stores in Edmonton. I’ve surfed on line a bit but haven’t found a source in Canada. Do you know of one?

    I’m not surprised that Cotton and Wool are as popular as your chart shows. They’re nice to wear and from little experience, nice to sew too. I’ve never sewn with silk but love some of the asian silks you can find in fabric shops in Vancouver. They’re colourful and beautifully embroidered too. I have trouble wearing anything synthetic, I sweat so badly.

    I just bought some bamboo sheets today and I can’t wait to sleep on them. They’re for a new bed we’re expecting soon. Man, they are super soft. I was thinking how comfortable the clothes would be. Do you ever see bamboo fabrics? I never have.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Hey, no worries! And, thanks for your congrats! We were pretty chuffed :). Yes, Challis (Anne’s top fabric) is a favourite of mine, as well. Sews up nicely a bit like cotton, but is much thinner and drapey-er and has a nice soft feel. And, cotton, wool and silk, all definitely winners. We have a lot of sari fabrics and silks here too, but I bet on the west coast, they are even more popular! Bamboo is lovely! My favourite is actually knit bamboo and I think that is more popular, I don’t see too much bamboo wovens. The knit is so soft and drapes nicely, BUT it is a knit that actually sews well. (As you may know, my continuing horror show with sewing knits).

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