Since we recently introduced a NEW line of clown fabrics, we wanted to give you some advice about sewing…
Those who sew, know: The one who dies with the most fabric, wins!
It’s a funny saying, but all too often you buy fabric thinking it will be perfect for a project you have in mind, only to realize upon further inspection that you should have left it in the store on online. It always SEEMS like a good idea at the time!
Or we put a lot of time and effort into a costume piece or prop, only to find out we got less than we bargained for.
We buy material without checking the fabric content.
Ahhh…the allure of sizing, a cheap price, a cute print. IMPULSE buying!
What do you get? A host of problems. Fabric content is important information when comes to care and cleaning.
Poly-Cotton is my favorite garment blend when it comes to fabrics for hard-working costumes.
65% poly and 35% cotton to be exact. You can mess around with the equivalents but the outcome is measurable. The poly holds the color in tact and keeps the wrinkles away. The cotton keeps it comfortable to wear and have next to your skin. It is what I look for in the fabrics I use for Pricilla Mooseburger Originals clown costumes.
Be aware that fabric always looks better in the store, before you wash it! Once you wash a piece of fabric the commercial sizing is removed. It will never look that good again. Cheaper fabrics count on the allure of the sizing to get you to buy. They can look crisp and beautiful until they are washed. Then you say, “Hey who exchanged my nice fabric for this limp rag??” I recommend you wash everything and dry it in the dryer to see what you really will get before you start sewing.
You might say “But I paid a lot of money for this fabric!”
Yes that is true. The popularity of quilting has produced a market for high-quality and high-priced 100% cotton fabrics.
But there is no guarantee that a higher price will equal higher quality. These beautiful fabrics may not be intended for the day-to-day wash and wear routine required of performance clothing. Also remember quilts are FLAT! It’s a lot easier to iron a flat item than, let’s say, a puff sleeve or ruffle on a skirt.
- Buy high quality poly-cotton blend fabrics whenever possible
- Wash and dry all fabrics before they are made into anything
- If you love a piece of fabric, try a sample first. If it passes the test, go back and buy the rest of the bolt (You can keep track of SKU numbers on the receipt). You may never see it again!
Have a fabric question? Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more “how-to” blog posts about clown costumes:
- How to turn a boring t-shirt into a clown shirt!
- Do you NEED a new costume, or just WANT one?
- Take a closer look at clown collars
- 4 Reasons NOT to wear your clown costume!
- How tough are your clown pants?
- Take a close look at clown t-shirts
- Costume checklist for your clown closet
- What is a “plain clothes clown”? Why should you try it?
- How to style your clown wig into braids
- Washing & styling tips for the professional Santa Claus-for-Hire
- How to take care of your clown shoes
- How to do a “pants drop” and properly wear suspenders