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The perfect resource for fashion students and designers

"The perfect handbook for fashion students everywhere, Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book 2e, presents over 120 swatches of fabrics so that one can not only appreciate their aesthetic appeal, but also familiarise themselves with each one''s structure, feel and weight. The book also details information on fibers, basic construction of fabrics, weights, construction, and weave comparison, so you''ll be a textile expert in no time!" HungerTV

This easily navigable resource provides 125 swatches of the most recognized and widely used varieties of fabric. Natural fabrics such as cottons, silks, wools and linens are included, as are artificial and synthetic ones like nylons, polyesters, microfibers, metallics and soya fabrics, and fabrics made from alternative plant fibers like bamboo and hemp. Their properties are explained alongside the swatches, with diagrams and colour photographs of fashion garments to illustrate their behavior.

With information on fibers, basic construction of fabrics, weights, construction, and weave comparison, the book will help student fashion designers to make informed textile choices based upon an understanding of raw materials together with the processes that make up a fabric.

Presented in a sturdy ring–binder folder, Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book also includes a section on techniques such as felting, weaving, and knitting as well as practical information on sourcing fabrics, costing and testing them and an invaluable annex on fabric terminology. The book will be useful for anyone who works with fabrics and is the ideal companion to Fabric for Fashion: The Complete Guide, also in its second edition. Written and thoroughly researched by two experts in the field, this book is an indispensable resource and a must–have for students, instructors and professionals alike.

About the Author

Clive Hallett is an associate lecturer in design management at The London College of Fashion as well as lecturing at several other fashion colleges. He has worked in the fashion industry since 1972 and has been a freelance design consultant since 1978.

Amanda Johnston is an associate lecturer in design and product development on the BA Fashion Products course at London College of Fashion. She has worked as a freelance design consultant since graduating from Kingston University in 1982. Amanda is also an external assessor for the degree courses at the London Centre for Fashion Studies.

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Jessica Frega
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
If you need to know about fibers, this is great.
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2020
For types of fabric, this did not meet my needs. I expected it to give me examples of fabrics like Oxford, Challis, Voile, Shirting, Lawn, etc... this does not provide that level of detail. It provides examples of various fiber blends, which is nice, but not what I needed,... See more
For types of fabric, this did not meet my needs. I expected it to give me examples of fabrics like Oxford, Challis, Voile, Shirting, Lawn, etc... this does not provide that level of detail. It provides examples of various fiber blends, which is nice, but not what I needed, so I returned it. I think for $90, you''re better off just ordering a bunch of swatches from a fabric website.
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Kimberly D
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Excellent book!
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2019
I have been looking for a fabric swatch book for quite some time. I sew apparel for myself, and buying fabric online can be a challenge if I don''t know exactly what I want. This book gives you actual fabric swatches to feel, and it also gives you the information about each... See more
I have been looking for a fabric swatch book for quite some time. I sew apparel for myself, and buying fabric online can be a challenge if I don''t know exactly what I want. This book gives you actual fabric swatches to feel, and it also gives you the information about each fabric such as what it can be used for. I have been looking at purchasing it for some time, but I was having a hard time justifying the price point when I couldn''t see the book. I am so glad I gave in and got it, as it is exactly what I was looking for. 100% recommend for newer sewists just learning about fabric types.
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Kay
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Totally Not Valuable set of swatches.
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2020
In description I can name fabric heavy, you will name it medium, for someone it will be twill. Lack of industry-standard weight in GSM for each swatch makes it NOT Valuable instead of "invaluable" as author claims.You see fabric online with GSM - which one will it be in the... See more
In description I can name fabric heavy, you will name it medium, for someone it will be twill. Lack of industry-standard weight in GSM for each swatch makes it NOT Valuable instead of "invaluable" as author claims.You see fabric online with GSM - which one will it be in the book? Who knows, who cares, right? Few times books has tables (unrelated to swatches) with ranges so wide, they overlap between fabrics. I have about 20 silk swatches with different momme weight (from very trusted source), and swatches in the book are not matching. This book is a fancy toy for some little girls, expensive toy though: you can do better for them by cutting 2x2 from your stash and naming yourself. For grown ups planning to sew with real fabrics - useless. Other books without swatches have much more info and cost fraction or can be read online.
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smanderg
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Missing a swatch, otherwise, great resource!
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2019
I''m annoyed that a shrinkwrapped copy is missing a swatch of fabric. But otherwise it''s an excellent resource that I find will be helpful in choosing the correct fabrics for the right project. I like how in depth it goes. I also bought Fashion for Fabric l: The Complete... See more
I''m annoyed that a shrinkwrapped copy is missing a swatch of fabric. But otherwise it''s an excellent resource that I find will be helpful in choosing the correct fabrics for the right project. I like how in depth it goes. I also bought Fashion for Fabric l: The Complete Guide, to work alongside it. It is perfect.

I''m at 3 stars because of the missing swatch, otherwise it''s a 5 star book to have in your library if your into fabrics or want to be a better designer.
I dont want to go through the hassle of returning it but there were some way to exchange or get the swatch I would change my rating.
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Vicky Papaioannou
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The perfect companion for online fabric shopping!
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2017
I love this book! It comes with swatches of fabric you can feel and it is the perfect book to learn a little bit more on the types of fabrics out there. I keep it next to me when I shop online for dressmaking fabric!
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Airy
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So far I am in love with this book
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2017
I am a beginner in sewing, so I have ordered this book to be able to order fabric online and to have an idea of what I would get, or what kind of fabric to order if I want to sew baby clothing or anything else.
So far I am in love with this book.
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Louise Niemer
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Great resource
Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2020
In the age of needing to buy fabric online due dwindling fabric stores, this is an indispensable resource for anyone who sews clothing and home décor items. It has actual swatches of fabric for touch and feel. The book outlines details of the fabric such as best use, care,... See more
In the age of needing to buy fabric online due dwindling fabric stores, this is an indispensable resource for anyone who sews clothing and home décor items. It has actual swatches of fabric for touch and feel. The book outlines details of the fabric such as best use, care, etc. It has swatches of fabric that I will never use, but for choosing fabric, especially some of the newer knits, this is great! Pricey but worth it!
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mvlipka
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Must Buy
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2017
What an amazing book. The sample swatches are perfect. The jacquard pieces were my favorite, absolutely exquisite! Great purchase for any fashionista or seamstress
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Julie the Magnificent
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A God send. Spend the money, get the book. You''ll be glad you did.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2017
Spend the money, get the book. It''s definitely worth it. This is an amazing reference tool. I''d put off buying it for ages due to the price. So glad I did. There are so many swatches and an invaluable description about each, i.e. washing, construction etc. Once you have it,...See more
Spend the money, get the book. It''s definitely worth it. This is an amazing reference tool. I''d put off buying it for ages due to the price. So glad I did. There are so many swatches and an invaluable description about each, i.e. washing, construction etc. Once you have it, you''ll never need to buy another again. Can''t recommend this reference book highly enough. The swatches are of a big enough size that you get a feel for the ''hand'' of the fabric but small enough that they fit many different types within.
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D W.
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Good book but construction quality was lacking
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 9, 2020
Great idea, great book. But for the price, I expected a well constructed book and I was disappointed to find the samples stuck in very wonky and crinkled from being folded up. There was also glue on the cover. Just personally, I would have liked (especially for this price)...See more
Great idea, great book. But for the price, I expected a well constructed book and I was disappointed to find the samples stuck in very wonky and crinkled from being folded up. There was also glue on the cover. Just personally, I would have liked (especially for this price) a quality construction.
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Kirsty-lou Watson
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Lacking in quality
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 20, 2020
I was so excited to get this book and even though it was pricey I still looked forward to it. Unfortunately when it arrived it was a big disappointment. The ring binged is held together with a flimsy bit of cardboard. The fabric samples are just glued in. It’s also lacking...See more
I was so excited to get this book and even though it was pricey I still looked forward to it. Unfortunately when it arrived it was a big disappointment. The ring binged is held together with a flimsy bit of cardboard. The fabric samples are just glued in. It’s also lacking in variety and selection of samples. It feels as though it might fall apart and the sample lady fall out after a few uses. So, unfortunately I have returned it,
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IndyCurl
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Awesome
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 26, 2018
I don''t know why no one did this before. Absolute must have book, especially on an age of online fabric shops where you can''t feel what you''re buying first. Books with just photos and descriptions of fabrics ought to be ashamed, nothing beats this for understanding...See more
I don''t know why no one did this before. Absolute must have book, especially on an age of online fabric shops where you can''t feel what you''re buying first. Books with just photos and descriptions of fabrics ought to be ashamed, nothing beats this for understanding different weughts, weaves and types of fabric
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Orsola Guercio
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Pricey but worthy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2019
I really liked the swatch on this book and now that I have it I wondered how I was going to do before. The alternative would have been to visit the local (but far away) fabric shop and inquire within about different types of fabric, possibly extending the visits to many...See more
I really liked the swatch on this book and now that I have it I wondered how I was going to do before. The alternative would have been to visit the local (but far away) fabric shop and inquire within about different types of fabric, possibly extending the visits to many many times. This book does. It go into the deepest details of fabric making, however is quite comprehensive and the possibility to touch and feel different fabric does make the difference. Quite pricey but worth investing the money if you are interested in expanding your knowledge about fabric.
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