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How to Buy Fabric (Terminology & Shopping Tips!) | WITHWENDY

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This is how to buy fabric! An overview of common terminology and my shopping tips. I tried my best to cover the surface of fashion fabrics well, but there is a TON of information so I apologize if you feel something was left out! Hope this helps with all your future DIY's! CLICK TO NEVER MISS AN UPLOAD: http://bit.ly/subscribewithwendy MORE FOR BEGINNERS SHOP MY SEWING SUPPLIES http://withwendy.com/shop/#supplies WATCH SEWING FOR BEGINNERS https://youtu.be/a09Ex3a4sEM Hi!! I'm Wendy and I make DIY videos that teach you how to sew your own clothes (and lots of other tutorials). Subscribe if you'd like to learn, get inspiration, and stock up on helpful tips. Thanks for watching! Add me!! @withwendy My Patreon support page! http://bit.ly/patreonww MUSIC unfinished-ideas by saoe | saoe | http://bit.ly/1QKArhm Prince w/(dc) by LAKEY INSPIRED | http://bit.ly/1WFCJ5D BNSN BRNR by Alacajam | http://bit.ly/1TxNjHO life magic by cherishh | http://bit.ly/2673dja Cloud Candy (w/ Defkon) by cherishh | http://bit.ly/1YeS7Fl
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emma (20 minutes ago)
i worked at joann fabrics for a little while, no one will judge you if you don't know the "proper" name for whatever fabric youre looking for. most people don't. I've heard so many different ways people describe what theyre looking for because they don't know the real name of it. the store youre in will (hopefully) answer any question you have or at least help you for the fabric youre looking for.
Zuriel Renovamen (2 days ago)
Life saver thanks
Victoria Smith (2 days ago)
If you hit dislike on this video you just a hater end of discussion. No if ands or buts...
toufik chouchi (2 days ago)
"Why is everything everywhere" this sentence made me laugh so hard hhhhhh
Nia Brown (8 days ago)
Your tips were amazing. I am new to sewing. I finally bought me a sewing machine last month, starter kits and a mannequin. I went into a fabric store a few days ago and was completely lost lol. You're tips are helping me figure out exactly what I need to look for when making decisions on fabric.
kaylashalaylaaaaa (9 days ago)
*I HATE RAYON.* it is sooooo sensitive and delicate and wrinkles & shrinks like 3x its size.
Joseph Hoh (17 days ago)
PHEW I'm exhausted. That was faster than the Shinkansen.
Kylie L'Heureux (18 days ago)
You’re amazing!
Mariah Bowen (19 days ago)
This was super informative! I'm getting into sewing for myself again, and this is giving me all kinds of ideas for projects!
Transportia (23 days ago)
I don't even sew but my interest in textiles and fashion brought me here--so glad! Thanks for such a clear introduction and a video technique that's current but not annoying (not too many trendy cut and mix of size/distance/speed).
Marcela roxana (24 days ago)
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FunnyGaming (26 days ago)
This video could have been helpful if you actually show the fabric...
T. Lucalake (28 days ago)
Ms. Wendy, New subscriber here. EXCELLENT video. I am new to sewing, and I thank you very much. I am looking forward to learning from the rest of your videos. 👍👍
Pat Andersen (1 month ago)
LOVE LOVE LOVE this video Wendy!!, you gave a lot of detail and information and I really appreciate you explaining the difference of fabrics and what "material" means.
Arika Rod (1 month ago)
Amazing video!! Thank you!
Seven (1 month ago)
Very nice summary. Another suggestion to add with yours about feeling every fabric, you also need to check out the care instructions on the end of the bolts. Sadly, all the fabrics I chose yesterday were hand wash with cold water, line dry, which is something I know just isn't going to happen with me for very long. And check how quickly your chosen fabric will wrinkle by bunching a section of fabric in a tight fist for a few seconds. If it comes back wrinkled, that probably means hours with an iron (probably also cool), which is also something I know just ins't going to happen with me at all. I'm not sure if stores still give them out, but you used to be able to ask for a washable care label that you could sew into your project if you needed the washing reminder. I always forget to ask.
Toni (1 month ago)
Great Video! Thank you verry much - be blessed 👕👗❤
Ms. Riley (1 month ago)
Thank you, this was very informative.
Ziggie Zag (1 month ago)
Great info, but the hands! Find something to hold on to that would embarrass you for us to see. That way you'll be able to keep them down and still.
ada's aura (1 month ago)
I had to subscribe because I can understand you and I feel like I can trust you on all things informative. This was a really great video. Thank you so much!
Azure Kate (1 month ago)
GOD the fashion students that come to my Joanns need to see this. They come in and hand us their supply list at the counter and ask us to to find everything for them!! ALSO ONE FASHION STUDENT CAME IN AND DIDNT KNOW WHAT DENIM WAS? FFS
tricia1234gm (1 month ago)
Very interesting!!! Thank you
gloria samte (1 month ago)
Very helpful
Leesa Willard (2 months ago)
What a wonderfully extravagant plethora of great information 🙂 thank you! you’re tutorials/lessons are smart, creative and well explained.
Saku Chan (2 months ago)
Lol if you want to you can use every fabric u can find. There are no boundaries
Kira Russom (2 months ago)
But what about felt.......?
sugam in (2 months ago)
do you know best fabric for bike to work.. i live in tropical country... its have to be light,breathable,and cool :D
Lilly Jentzsch (2 months ago)
Thank you very much for this video! The fabric choice and terms were always confusing. Until now :)
sampea CAML (2 months ago)
Very instructive!
Rebecca Wong (2 months ago)
No offence ... too much talk, no picture. People will click away, naturally.
Monica the Diva (2 months ago)
Can someone help me please When you want some fabric, like let’s say Walmart, so you grab the roll of fabric and bring it up to the register and they ask you how much you want and they cut it for you??? I am very shy and I don’t know what to do
Maggie Huang (1 month ago)
we have fabric factory in China, we can sell them to you。 whatsapp +8615678833650
Ally Baker (2 months ago)
Love this!!
yvobalcer (2 months ago)
You forgot one important thing, look for nap, some of those fabrics have a nap and you need more fabric so it all goes the same way.
fawad mirza (2 months ago)
You didn't said what to look when buying for formal cloths
Sharon Bickerdike (2 months ago)
So clear, concise and helpful- and just love that you encourage viewers to think about the impact of fiber choice!
Adél Koekemoer (2 months ago)
O my word I don’t understand a word you saying! Still don’t understand the difference between the fabrics.
Vixreida Cosplay (2 months ago)
dude so glad I came here holy crap
Phumello Shezi (2 months ago)
is there a book I car read to get this kind of information and more?
Cisy Xia (2 months ago)
super useful! Thanks for all the tips!
Riley 225 (2 months ago)
Very good video
Madison Robert (2 months ago)
just starting to get into sewing and i’m buying my fabric from thrift shops so there really isn’t anyone around to ask (although the lady that works at my favorite shop often gives me advice) so this video was super helpful! thank you so much!
Coyote Lightning (2 months ago)
Where I stand ethically? Nigga it's cotton, its a plant.
Khadijah (2 months ago)
Becky Ladd (2 months ago)
We have 1 fabric store in our area. Finding just plain T-shirt fabric is almost impossible
Maggie Huang (1 month ago)
We can offer plain T-shirt fabric in China, whatsapp +8615678833650
DAYBROK3 (2 months ago)
about the fiber from animals. if the animal was hurt in anyway you wont have a fiber producer for very long.
Lirba Zerep (3 months ago)
hi im a beginner in sewing.... hehehe what fabric should i use if i will make bags, wallet and pouches? thank you
Daniel Roy (3 months ago)
Ill start with saying that i love your video's, and your Chanel is dope. But i have to say this to all your vegan vewers, shut up, and grow up. you want cloths that will last and not pollute the planet with thousands of toxic chemicals that choke and (KILL) your precious animals, stop contradicting yourselves and wear real and natural , I'E real leather , wool and fur, not that cheep nasty fake vegan shite. you tree hugging hippies say your saving the planet .you vegans are a joke, and freaks of nature.... Ooh have i offended all you fragile minded vegans..... oh how dare i actually use logic
Libby Thomas (3 months ago)
This is so beautifully organized and exactly what I needed. Thank you!
Michael Abiodun (3 months ago)
Hey thanks , very helpful 👍🏾
Wessam Mostafa (3 months ago)
Would you please share us a video on how to organise the pattern on the fabric in order to make best use of it!!
Grace Daniel (3 months ago)
U ARE A GODSEND MADAM I'm doing a Skullkid cosplay for Halloween and I had NO idea where to start when it came to buying fabric for it. Now at least I have the vaguest of ideas of what to begin looking at for fabrics. So thanks a million!
Joanne Ryu (3 months ago)
I just found your video to get started on my research on sewing and making my own clothes, but can I just say, I love how you can rock different styles from boyish to feminine? This is beside the point, but I feel like how you style yourself with those different looks is very similar to me - even with the short hair haha I don't think I've seen someone have different styles like that, and I personally wondered if I have to "stick to one" since sometimes the boyish to feminine can be such a contrast. Your content is so informative, and I'm so glad to have found your channel. I am looking forward to watching all your videos! #subscribed
Dimitris Vasiliadis (3 months ago)
Kerrylee (3 months ago)
This video is super helpful!
Wanjira Washosh (3 months ago)
A kiss for you darling...you simplied a whole semester in 15 minutes
Coral Bishop (3 months ago)
Our hands and arms are flying all over the place. Sucks
Kiara (3 months ago)
Hi there, I was wondering what type of fabric you would suggest for a short, puffy lolita dress that would be worn in the summer.
Leslie Elblein (4 months ago)
Your video is THE BEST one I have found to explain fabrics. I am showing this to my group of beginning sewers in my middle school summer school enrichment class this week. THANK YOU!!!
Tami McClaskey (4 months ago)
Good information for us beginners. I love the Bible verse at the end🌸
Sn3ll Online (4 months ago)
Damn you know your shit :)
suraj Shaik (4 months ago)
Ashaki Jones (4 months ago)
Great Video! I enjoyed it!
Bando Pando (4 months ago)
Thank you so much!!!
Saraswati Thapa (4 months ago)
EJtheArtist (4 months ago)
No images :(
kynaclaire (4 months ago)
This video is so helpful and clear
Erika Ostergaard (4 months ago)
super helpful, i will not be as lost next time I start a project. Esp. chambray -- damn! Who knew what that was??? and I LOVE your voice!
Cass Wilson (4 months ago)
This was awesome! Thank you Wendy. Would love a similar style video that encompasses threads and a bunch of fabric embellishments like zips, buttons, tassels etc.
April Stec (4 months ago)
Do you have any tips for buying fabric online?
Rachel Lalite (4 months ago)
Wendy I do appreciate this it's so interesting cause I'm a fabric nut.....
Marianne Danabar (4 months ago)
It's so fast, could've been a better video if you have the real fabrics with you. Just saying.
Yoachan (4 months ago)
Not going to lie. I was hoping that this would address how a lot of fabric stores just sell super thin fabric intended for quilting. I go to a store looking for a fabric, and all they have is stuff thinner than a bed sheet.
Tazziiix (4 months ago)
This video is amazing!!! have you made more videos going into he different fabrics in more detail? because that would be awesome you explain things so well!
Peter Turner (4 months ago)
Wherever I can I prefer to recycle or upcycle fabric I find at op shops. The stuff people toss out never ceases to amaze me. Another tip if you quilt is to go to your curtain shop and ask for their old discontinued fabric swatches. They are often the perfect size for quilt blocks and come in up to fifty different colours. We (in Brisbane Australia) also have a place called reverse garbage where you can find all sorts of cool stuff for very little cash. They have everything from fabric to off-cuts of rubber, timber and wood. It is hit and miss though. Sometimes you go and there is nothing you can use and other times you can fill your car boot. I recently made a quilt out of pure silk. The swatches were from a discontinued very upmarket curtain shop and I had over sixty different shades to work with. I machine embroidered on each block and bought only a little black silk for the sashing and borders.
Michael Gray (2 months ago)
Great! I'll have to look "reverse garbage" up. Edit: Ah great, all the way down at Woolloongabba. Bit of a drive from Caboolture.
Sataï Ndïayeuh (4 months ago)
Briony McBrearty (4 months ago)
Do you support the use of real fur? Please let me know so I know to subscribe or not! Otherwise your channel is rad 😍
Sandra Papuni (4 months ago)
Cool video - Thank you. I'm learning to sew. Learning to be a fix-itter and crafty.
M. Hill (5 months ago)
Thank you I really needed this!
TotallynotTiana (5 months ago)
My first project was with denim.... let's just say if your a beginner begin with an easier fabric.
Shaphina (5 months ago)
(A lot of what I say is having to do with premade patterns you by but its also good to think about when you make your own.) I go on a lot more then I planned. Sorry. XD One thing to add on with patterns on fabric. Some fabrics also have whats called nap, which is basically the fabric has to go one way because of how its made. Think of those mermaid pillows. when you move the sequins the color changes. Some fabric, like velvet, is like that. or in some cases its just the way it shines in the light. Nap can be extremely obvious when they are going in different directions. Most patterns, at least modern ones I've seen, tell you if their fabric requirements are accounting for nap. If it says your pattern says it need 2 meters with nap it means that the way they suggest laying out the pieces will go the right way to keep the nap right. Which means its a good indicator for patterns on fabric too. Remember that the pieces are pretty much always in the smallest area possible so if you have patterned If you have things like patterns on your fabric and your pattern you're following doesn't account for nap you'll probably need more fabric then suggested. Other things to think about, weather you are making your own pattern or not, are things like diagonals and border prints. Some things just won't line up and having lines like stripes or diagonals will be a mess. Border prints are where you have a print just on the one edge of the fabric. You will need more of border prints just because you're lining things up with the edge or the fabric vs using space "wisely". You will end up with chunks of fabric. Don't be discouraged though since plenty of store bought patterns that are made with border prints in mind will have how much you need of a border print and now to lay it out. Remember, a circle skirt will never work for border print, you need a boxy skirt pattern. (I point this out because I want to make border prints into circle skirts XD. Just cause of how they sit.) Here is a pattern that has measurements for a border print. https://butterick.mccall.com/b6556 Overall even if you plan to make your own pattern its work it to look at pattern sites since they list yardage and recommended fabrics. It will give you a good idea what you need for your
Michael Gray (2 months ago)
As someone learning about sewing, your comment was very helpful. Thanks 😊.
branzombie (5 months ago)
Walmart clearance bin.
SoulCandy AlmaDulce (5 months ago)
Very helpful, indeed :D you are appreciated :D
kietlejeth mercado (5 months ago)
Hi um can u name the fabrics are cheap...hehe
micheska (5 months ago)
I needed this so much for so long! Thank you, this is brilliant!!
Nikki chan (5 months ago)
Thank youuuuuuu ❤️
Rasul Hafeez (5 months ago)
Hi, Wendy. I'm Jalika, Rasul's wife. Thank you for this very important information. I'm a very much, beginner. My husband will be buying me my gift ( a sewing machine). Its for my late birthday present. This video has given me the information on what I would have not known to ask at the fabric store. Thank you again. God bless you.
Hailey Helm (5 months ago)
I love how you get to your points! cant stand it when youtubers ramble on informative vidoes!
R. Z. (5 months ago)
This was soooo educational! So helpful! Thank you very much. I am new to sewing and I appreciate you sharing your knowledge!
Elijah!!! (5 months ago)
I love your Chanel , But you’re speak way too fast and can barely understand you. And is so informative.
Bert Johnson (5 months ago)
Thank you, your a very beautiful women.
Falkreath Guard (5 months ago)
whats your actual dayjob?
Erik Jackson (5 months ago)
You are awesome Wendy! Thanks!
Xx_Ka y_xX (5 months ago)
I can't remember all of this
Ełłä O (5 months ago)
what’s good fabric for sturdy makeup bags/ pouches ect.
Daniel Ramos (5 months ago)
Thank you Wendy! this was great
Wenwen October (5 months ago)
can you cover on how to cut fabric because it can be movable
malaysianandmoral (5 months ago)
0:10 oh my gosh... try adding running and screaming kids, i wont enter the store ever again
rosanna rojas (6 months ago)
I love this video thank you. Huge help. I’d love to see a video on how to make patterns from cloths you already have. In the hoodie video you use a sweatshirt you had to make the patters so I’d love to see a video on you actually making the pattern from several different types of clothing. Mine seem to always come out a lil off and some things are just hard to trace etc. I’d love your help. Much love ✌🏽❤️
Bradley Martin (6 months ago)
no formal men fabrics.. all dresses. i mean i guess i could make some velvet jumpsuits 2 piece. but .
Gloworm Sparkle far (6 months ago)
You can also start with the flat sheets you don't use on beds. .. even for a mock pattern 😉

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