What is dressmaking cuffing and tips on how to use it?
What is Dressmaking Cuffing?
Dressmaking cuffing is a type of fabric that is used to finish the edges of sleeves, leg openings, and necklines. It is typically made from a stretchy fabric, such as rib knit, so that it can fit snugly around the body and prevent drafts. Cuffing can also be used to add a decorative touch to a garment. It is typically used on sweaters, jackets, joggers, and dresses and also sometimes used on skirts and blouses. You can shop our range of cuffing here
Cuffing can be used to create a variety of different effects, such as:
- A snug fit that prevents drafts
- A decorative touch
- A contrast between the cuffing and the main fabric of the garment
- A way to add extra length to a garment
When choosing cuffing fabric, it is important to consider the following factors:
- The weight and stretch of the main fabric. At Higgs & Higgs we always put the weight and stretch of each fabric in the item specifics half way down the product page so you know exactly what you are buying.
- The desired effect (e.g., snug fit, decorative touch, etc.)
- The overall style of the garment
If you are sewing a lightweight sweater, you would want to choose a lightweight cuffing fabric with a good amount of stretch. If you are sewing a heavyweight jacket, you would want to choose a heavier cuffing fabric with less stretch.
To apply cuffing to a garment, you will need to:
- Cut the cuffing fabric to the desired length and width.
- Pin the cuffing fabric to the garment, right sides together. Shop our range of pins here
- Sew the cuffing fabric to the garment using a stretch stitch.
- Turn the garment right side out and press the seam.
- Topstitch the seam allowance in place.
Here are some tips for sewing with cuffing:
- Use a stretch stitch to sew the cuffing fabric to the garment. This will help the cuffing to stretch and fit snugly around the body.
- Be careful not to overstretch the cuffing fabric when sewing it to the garment. This can cause the cuffing to lose its shape and become baggy.
- If you are sewing a heavyweight jacket, you may want to use a stabiliser to help the cuffing fabric keep its shape.
- Press the seams after sewing to help them lay flat.
Cuffing is a versatile fabric that can be used to add a touch of style and functionality to your dressmaking projects. With a little practice, you can learn to sew with cuffing like a pro.