About our fabrics

At ClothSpot we take pride in sourcing fabrics which we hope will inspire you to create dazzling clothes which reflect your personal style. We love to spend time creating something special that will stand the test of time in terms of aesthetic as well as physical durability. Equally, we love the excitement and instant gratification of creating a simple garment on a short timescale. We try and stock fabrics which will cover both these eventualities and more – we’d like to press your ‘Oh, wow!’ as well as your ‘Bargain!’ buttons. Either way we know it’s important to help you look after your fabric properly and so we’ve put together some fabric care guidelines for you.

Fabric composition

Frequently we will find that those fabrics which are perhaps a little bit special, and for which we can obtain precise composition information, are priced at a premium. This isn’t always the case – and when we find a bargain then we’ll make sure it’s a bargain for you too! However we find that those fabrics which don’t cost us (and therefore, you) as much to buy, will often not have much in the way of composition or provenance information. We understand how that can make fabric care a little tricky to get right.

Rest assured, that where we can establish the precise composition of a fabric, we will always publish it on the description of the fabric in question. However if it’s not available, we’ll say so – and we will give you the benefit of our ‘best guess’ as to its fibre content. Sometimes this is based on word of mouth from a supplier – other times we will have evaluated and tested the fabric ourselves in order to gain some idea of its content. However in these circumstances, we can never be absolutely certain of the fibres – and we will always make this clear in the description.

We suggest, therefore, that you use our fabric care guidelines with a healthy dollop of common sense with regard to fabrics where we can’t be sure of the precise composition – and where necessary, err on the side of caution. Our bottom line is that we would never knowingly offer you a fabric that we didn’t think could be worked with and cared for according to these instructions. Very occasionally, there may be an additional note in the relevant product description if a particular fabric requires special treatment, so do check. Most of the time however this won’t be the case. If you follow our guidelines and encounter any problems then please let us know right away and we will be happy to replace or refund the cost of your fabric.

Fabric care – preparing your fabric

Sometimes it’s necessary to prepare your fabric before you cut it – for example to reduce the risk of shrinking your finished garment or to remove excess dyes. This applies especially to linens, wools and silks. Click here to find out more.

Fabric care – looking after your fabric

Once you’ve finished your garment you’ll want to make sure you can keep it in the best possible condition. Sometimes fabric care is straightforward – but not always – especially where your garment combines two or more types of fabric. Click here for more details.

Tell us more!

Please contact us if you have any experience or advice you think we should add to these guidelines – we can’t know everything about every fabric and we’d be delighted to share your expertise with others!