Thank you so much Gill for sharing your knowledge and experience with us!
More notes will follow but I just wanted to share some snippets that were tweeted last night with the #askditto
Pull fabric across the bias to straighten the grain
Weft and warp need to be at 90 degrees for a garment to be successful
If fabric is torn with the grain you can normally pull one thread out
Want try a style or fabric choice you have previously not tried? Pop into shops and try on a ready to wear garment before making your own to see if you like it!
What are you making and how long do you want to wear it for? Adjust your fabric accordingly
Grease on your silk? Put talc on it and dab it out before washing
Linens are easier to sew once prewashed
Polyesters have their place, they must have a good weight and drape to them
If you are not sure of a fabric's content, try the burn test. To test a wool, take a small piece and burn it (safely!) Pure wool will turn to dust, if is is mixed with polyester there will be a sharp edge where burnt.
Thanks everyone who came along... Pop back in the next few days for more!