Here at TÉLIO our merchandising department is hard at work developing our new Spring/ Summer 2015 line. Canadian designers tend to shy away from the bright and colorful prints that TÉLIO loves for Spring/Summer, but there is a great solution to this!
In today’s post, I’m going to introduce you to the idea of using the wrong side of a fabric. Do you love the colour of that satin but detest the sheen? Try the other side! Do you love the weave of that wool but not the texture? Try the other side! Are you in love with that print but aren’t entirely sure about how saturated it comes across? Try the other side!
I wanted to make a new coat for myself this winter. I kept revisiting the Twiggy Stripe swatch but couldn’t seem to get on board with the starkness of the stripes and fuzzy texture. As I placed the header down on the table, the larger piece turned itself upside down. Suddenly, it was perfect!
When choosing to use the wrong side, here are two things to consider:
Be sure to note and work around any flaws you might come across on the back side. The weaves imperfections and repeat of a print can sometimes stick out on this side of a textile.
Remember that not all fabrics will work on both sides. You don’t want your customers or stores to think you made a mistake along the way and decided to try and sell it. It should be convincing to the buyer.
Have you found a non-traditional way to use a fabric? Feel free to share your story with us.
See you on the flip side!