This I learned: A vast majority of the population knows nothing about the fabrics they wear every day.
Today’s sewing activity was a fabric shopping trip with a client to a nearby Joanns. We drove over an hour armed with a pattern, coupons and lunch money in search of knit fabric for a Cashmerette Concord or a Cashmerette Turner. I did not realize there is so much knowledge involved in selecting fabrics.
For the non-sewist, fabric is a multitude of colors and designs. A non-sewist takes no care as to whether the fabric is knit or woven, machine wash or dry clean, lightweight with lots of drape or heavyweight and stiff. I never realized non-sewists were like this. I am a third generation seamstress. I’ve never known a day that I was not aware of the fabric content and care method of the clothes on my back; never not known what type of fabric a garment should be constructed of to be comfortable and wearable.
So, there in the apparel fabric section of Joanns, I conducted a mini private lesson on apparel fabrics. Let me add, this is a lesson that is best taught in a fabric store because fabric shopping is all about touch and feel. I honestly do not know how anyone less than an accomplished sewist can shop fabric online.
Let me just say, fabric shopping is my happy place!
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