All parents would agree that it’s a task to maintain children’s clothes. All the chocolates and cookies that they snack on inevitably leave their mark on their pretty dress. Moreover, the sensitive skin of the tiny tots may be affected by certain fabrics and textures. That’s why I’ve come up with a few simple tips to apply when selecting fabric for children’s clothes.
When you are choosing fabric to sew clothing for children you want the fabric to be washable and durable. Pre-shrink any fabric before you begin your project.
• The Weave — Take a close look at the weave of the fabric. If you can see light between the fibers the fabric is loosely woven. When the fibers are tightly woven they cannot shift as easily as loosely woven fibers and dirt can not work its way in between the fibers as easily which can lead to the fibers being destroyed.
• Wrinkles — Consider the wrinkle factors. If you wad a handful of the fabric and squeeze it in your hand, does it create wrinkles that don’t relax when you smooth out the fabric? If it keeps sharp wrinkles, it’s going to stay wrinkled in the finished garment as your child wears the garment.
• Avoid Fading — Clothing for children is going to need to be laundered and after many washings, you don’t want all of the colors in the fabric to be washed out. Look at the print on the fabric, does the dye go through the fibers or is it rolled on and barely saturating the fibers. If the dye is not embedded in the fabric it will probably fade out after a couple of washings.
The print is rolled on to a plain white muslin so the dye is not totally embedded in the fibers and is more apt to fade after repeated washings.
• Combining Fabrics — To add details to children’s clothing, it is common to combine two or more fabrics within the same garment. Be sure that both fabrics require the same laundering techniques and that the fabrics are colorfast before combining them. Colorfast information should be on the end of the fabric bolt but if it is not, you can test it by placing a small scrap of the fabric in a dish of water… preferably in a white bowl so you can really see if any of the color leeches into the water. Always pre-shrink fabric before sewing a garment.
• Comfort — Canvas is a very durable fabric but it sure wouldn’t be comfortable. Choose fabrics which will move as the person wearing the garment moves. Choose a fabric that is not rough or irritating on the skin. This can easily be tested by rubbing the fabric on the inside of your wrist.
• Grow Ability — In most cases, children outgrow their clothing before the clothing wears out. If you want clothes that offer a bit more time in a child’s wardrobe, remember knits and elastic. The less “fitted” a garment is, the longer it is apt to fit and be worn.
Let’s follow me to Babeeni‘s stock of a variety of fabrics so think over which is honored to be sewn for your kid’s clothes:
WOVEN DIGITAL PRINTING 4.0- 65% COTTON, 35% POLYESTE
I45- Big Peony Flower printed 4.0 fabric
I42 – Picturesque red rose printed 4.0 fabric for girls’clothing
I41 – Shepherdess rose printed 4.0 fabric
KNIT DIGITAL PRINTING 4.0- 65% COTTON, 30% POLYESTE, 5% SPANDEX (EXTRA +1$/PCS FOR SET, DRESS, 2PCS SET; +0.5$/PCS FOR TOP AND BOTTOM- APPLY TO THE END OF 2019)
K119- Christmas tree and deer in Red printed 4.0 Knit fabric
K118- Snow man and Christmas tree printed 4.0 knit fabric
Y2 – seashell and starfish on baby blue khaki plain fabric
Y1 – Rugby ball on yellow khaki plain fabric
Y19 – dinosaur on denim fabric
Y14 – crab on denim fabric
O10.0 – Lavender swiss dot fabric
O17- Yellow linen fabric
XM15.0 – Hot pink and green medium stripe seersucker
S29 – Pink Coral rash guard fabric (SPF 50+++)