Monday, February 17, 2014

Working with Faux Suede - Tips and Tricks

This is faux suede with a cotton-polyester plaid blend for the lining.
 I bought some faux suede to make the Colette Albion jacket following the steps of the sew-along. Actually, it is shaping up quite quickly and I would like to finish it by Friday. Usually, I leave off buying the buttons until the end so that I can spend time getting to the garment before I choose a colour, (I plan on red buttons). I sat for about 5 hours of sewing yesterday and I could have finished it all in one go but I tend to cut corners at the end and I want this jacket to really look good. 

The drape of the faux suede is tricky- especially on the arms - but other than that, I love it.

Facts about Faux Suede


Faux suede is definitely easier on the pocketbook than real suede.(Mine was $2/metre on sale)

It is generally made of polyester 

It has a nap

Despite its appearance it is easy care fabric.

A lot of spills will simply wipe-off this water-resistant fabric but it can also be laundered in the washing machine (in cold water).

That it is water resistant – which makes it a good choice for coating – and usually waterproof

It also looks good when used as piping.

Faux suede makes an ideal choice for elbow patches

Sewing Tips for Faux Suede:

Use 100% polyester thread since this fabric is also 100% polyester

Drape can be an issue – multiple washings should loosen the stiffness of the fabric but that takes time and wear.

Faux suede is usually napped, so buy extra fabric and have all the pieces of your pattern facing the same direction.

You can use pinking shears for the seam finishes because faux suede does not fray

Use weights when cutting the fabric as pin holes will show on some faux suedes (I've learned this the hard way)

Cut on a single layer because many faux suedes are heavy and cutting out doubled pieces can really be tough

Use a sharp denim – or leather - needle for this fabric

If your fabric is difficult to sew with – try using a walking foot or even a Teflon foot – or even some tissue paper between the plate and fabric

Use a cloth to protect the suede finish when pressing (or finger-press seams)
or press on the WRONG side (press into a terry cloth towel)

And remember this fabric has no stretch – so be mindful of easing facings or sleeves


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