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    Should I Wear Viscose? Should I Wear Viscose?

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    “I refuse to wear anything that’s polyester or viscose.” Sound familiar? Even if this view isn’t something you adhere to, it’s quite likely a friend does. I’ve already addressed why it’s time to have a rethink when it comes to polyester, so this time I’m talking viscose (or viscose rayon, or just rayon as it’s commonly known in the US). Naturally, the best place to start is: what is viscose? I was rather disappointed recently when I read a blogger, purporting to be an authority on fabrics, classified viscose as synthetic. It isn’t. It’s semi-synthetic. Because it derives from wood...
    “I refuse to wear anything that’s polyester or viscose.” Sound familiar? Even if this view isn’t something you adhere to, it’s quite likely a friend does. I’ve already addressed why it’s time to have a rethink when it comes to polyester, so this time I’m talking viscose (or viscose rayon, or just rayon as it’s commonly known in the US). Naturally, the best place to start is: what is viscose? I was rather disappointed recently when I read a blogger, purporting to be an authority on fabrics, classified viscose as synthetic. It isn’t. It’s semi-synthetic. Because it derives from wood...

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    What Actually Is A Bias Cut? What Actually Is A Bias Cut?

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    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Yes, yes we all know that immortal Shakespeare line. But let’s get real for a minute: names are pretty important. From your own to that of a brand, a name is ingrained in one’s identity. So when you start up your own business, obviously coming up with a good, punchy name is integral.  Fortunately “the-Bias-Cut.com” has been frequently complimented; a double entendre of being both a technical fashion term, and referencing our aim to cut through the age bias within the Fashion...
    “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Yes, yes we all know that immortal Shakespeare line. But let’s get real for a minute: names are pretty important. From your own to that of a brand, a name is ingrained in one’s identity. So when you start up your own business, obviously coming up with a good, punchy name is integral.  Fortunately “the-Bias-Cut.com” has been frequently complimented; a double entendre of being both a technical fashion term, and referencing our aim to cut through the age bias within the Fashion...

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    Fabric Up-Close: West African Wax Hollandais Fabric Up-Close: West African Wax Hollandais

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    If you aren’t yet a fan of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee, you should be. Aside from the obvious entertainment aspect, it’s a great way to learn more about fabrics and the construction of clothing. So that you can understand more about what sets quality garments aside from the rest. Last week’s episode was their ‘International Week’, and for their 3rd and final task the contestants had to make dresses using traditional West African wax Hollandais fabric. This was particularly close to our hearts at The-Bias-Cut.com since we stock some fabulous pieces by Sika – who source traditional fabrics...
    If you aren’t yet a fan of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee, you should be. Aside from the obvious entertainment aspect, it’s a great way to learn more about fabrics and the construction of clothing. So that you can understand more about what sets quality garments aside from the rest. Last week’s episode was their ‘International Week’, and for their 3rd and final task the contestants had to make dresses using traditional West African wax Hollandais fabric. This was particularly close to our hearts at The-Bias-Cut.com since we stock some fabulous pieces by Sika – who source traditional fabrics...

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    Fabric Up-Close: The Case for Polyester - Why It's Time To Change Your Mind Fabric Up-Close: The Case for Polyester - Why It's Time To Change Your Mind

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    Polyester. It’s all bad, right? Wrong. Yes, it's a somewhat ‘controversial’ view to take, but it shouldn't be. Polyester has come on leaps and bounds – certainly within the past 10 years or so – and yet it can’t seem to shake off its old horrible scratchy, sweaty reputation. I might even go so as far to say I feel somewhat sorry for polyester. However much it continues to evolve and develop to prove itself as a cool, technical fabric, it keeps being put down and discarded as the fabric to ALWAYS avoid. It’s like you’ve gone back to your...
    Polyester. It’s all bad, right? Wrong. Yes, it's a somewhat ‘controversial’ view to take, but it shouldn't be. Polyester has come on leaps and bounds – certainly within the past 10 years or so – and yet it can’t seem to shake off its old horrible scratchy, sweaty reputation. I might even go so as far to say I feel somewhat sorry for polyester. However much it continues to evolve and develop to prove itself as a cool, technical fabric, it keeps being put down and discarded as the fabric to ALWAYS avoid. It’s like you’ve gone back to your...

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    Fabric-Up Close: A Fashion Fabrics Glossary Fabric-Up Close: A Fashion Fabrics Glossary

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    Quality. That’s what I really want from clothing, and I’ve no doubt the same goes for you too. Sure, I want it to be beautiful and stylish, but if it feels horrible to wear and/or falls apart within months, what’s the point?Now if you’re into fast disposable fashion, then poor quality garments is something you’re accepting of. But I want pieces that last, both in terms of style and quality, which is why I’d prefer to spend more on a few pieces than little on many. And that played a large part in selecting the pieces for The-Bias-Cut.com's limited-edition first...
    Quality. That’s what I really want from clothing, and I’ve no doubt the same goes for you too. Sure, I want it to be beautiful and stylish, but if it feels horrible to wear and/or falls apart within months, what’s the point?Now if you’re into fast disposable fashion, then poor quality garments is something you’re accepting of. But I want pieces that last, both in terms of style and quality, which is why I’d prefer to spend more on a few pieces than little on many. And that played a large part in selecting the pieces for The-Bias-Cut.com's limited-edition first...

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