Hi,

My name is Flo-Rita, however I always ask folks to call me Bunny. I am a very beginner to sewing. I took sewing in Jr. High (how’s that for dating myself), but I havenl’t made anything since. What I’m trying to do now is make some tunics for winter. Would anyone be able to tell me what is a good winter weight fabric for a beginner? I would greatly appreciate any help or advice. Thank you.

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    Aug 17, 2013, 12.33 PMby katensew

    Polyester fabrics come in so many finishes these days – they are hard wearing, washable, durable- – like polyester jersey, polyester suiting, polyester tweed types etc – have a good look round. Very often they are mixed with other fibres like wool to provide the benefits of both fibres.

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    Aug 26, 2013, 02.59 PMby katexxxxxx

    If you can wear it, wool is excellent. It comes in many weaves and types, and tends to be very forgiving to the less experiences sewist. What sort of tunic are you wanting? Something shirt-like (for which a decent winter shirt weight cotton, baby cord, or linen would be lovely), or a heavier item (heavier linen, wool, and wool mixes might be better for this).

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    Aug 30, 2013, 03.25 AMby ellipech

    if you are a beginner try and find a medium to heavy weight fabric that is WOVEN not a knit. knits are awesome (like jersey, t shirt knits etc.) but need some experience to tackle (as u need different needles, twin needle etc.) and can be sooo frustrating to sew if u don’t have a serger/overlocker (-; It all depends on your pattern really, if you find one that you really like check the fabric guide on the back of the envelope. and you also have to remember that most garments made from woven fabrics require a zip or button closure, I find buttons for beginners easier than zips. good luck!

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