In this video May Martin introduces us to Polyester Tartan Suiting Fabric. Tartan is currently a high fashion trend for Autumn/Winter, for example tartan suiting for menswear and pinafore dresses for women. May offers her expertise in using this fabric to create some wonderful, on-trend clothes.
She describes how important it is for check or plaid fabric to be correctly lined up. If you are unsure if the fabric is symmetrical, always cut pieces from your pattern the same way up, if possible.
May tells us how to correctly align the fabric to the pattern. You can position the fabric by using the notches of the side seams plus the lengthening and shortening lines of the pattern as a guide.
May also reveals how to align the fabric to trickier parts of the pattern, such as an inset piece down the side. If you are unsure about matching the fabric, you can turn he fabric to a 45-degree angle to create a contrast, rather than aligning it perfectly.
May highlights the advantages to Polyester Tartan Suiting Fabric. She notes how the wide fabric is great for suiting. Also, as a polyester, the synthetic fabric has thermoplastic qualities. This means it is easy to create creases in the fabric, simply by pressing down on a fold with a hot iron. Be sure to use a muslin or pressing cloth to protect the fabric. The crease will hold for long while – perfect for pleated skirts and kilts!