At ClothSpot we take pride in sourcing fabrics which we hope will inspire you to create dazzling clothes which reflect your personal style. Like you, we love to spend time creating special garments 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 (occasionally) your ‘Bargain!’ or ‘Emergency!’ buttons. Whatever your priorities, we understand that it’s important to know as much as possible about a fabric.

We think it’s important to be as transparent as possible about the origin of a fabric and we also understand how crucial it is to have information about fabric composition. We’d also like to help you prepare and look after your fabric properly – so we’ve put together some fabric care guidelines for you.

Fabric origin

We source our fabrics from suppliers who invariably have many years – even decades – of experience. We’ve built up excellent relationships with them over our years of trading – and we trust them to offer fabrics from good quality, reputable and sustainable sources. We make an effort to source fabrics from the UK in particular – and Europe too. Frequently our fabrics will be surplus stock or the remains of sample runs from UK-based design houses and retail companies. Fashion companies are being encouraged to be much more transparent about how they source their fabrics – and it is increasingly the norm that they will source from ethical and sustainable sources. Wherever we can, we ensure that our fabrics come from these sources. Where we know the origin of a fabric (and we’ll always ask) then we’ll let you know too, although for legal reasons we’re not always permitted to publicise specific brands.

Despite our efforts, there will be instances where we can’t know the origin of a fabric – although we will usually know something of its background.  We’re trying to minimise the number of fabrics we stock for which we don’t have a provenance – and this is an important work in progress for us. If the information you’re looking for isn’t in a product description then just contact us and we’ll tell you what we know.

Fabric composition

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 make this clear in the product description.

If a fabric composition is uncertain then we suggest you use our fabric care guidelines with a healthy dollop of common sense – 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!