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Design your own fabric, our tips and tricks

When making your own clothing you can use standard designs. Does the word "standard" give you the jitters? Would you rather go for original? Then design your own unique fabric! In this blog we give you tips and tricks how to design your own fabric, what you should pay attention to and which beginners mistakes you should avoid.

Check if your pattern continues smoothly

A dress with a continuous pattern can be beautiful. But then the pattern must follow through perfectly. You can easily check this when designing a continuous pattern. Use the "shift" option in Photoshop for this.

Go to: filter - others - shift. You can then move the pattern and see if it is neatly following through.

Rate your design at its actual size

When digitally designing, you obviously do not know what the design actually looks like. You often work in detail, in an enlarged view. It is therefore advisable to regularly view the design at its actual size.

This is also possible in Photoshop: set the display to actual size. Check if this is correct with your screen resolution.

Take the tolerance of the fabric into account

Does your artwork need to have a very specific size? Then take the tolerance of the fabric into account.

The final size may vary slightly during fabric production. That is why we always advise that your design has a margin. Order a little more fabric than you think you need. Certainly if you want to extract one specific size from a design. With a pattern you have less problems with this. The pattern follows through after all.

The photos above are from designers who have ordered their prints through us. From left to right: Elly Jin, Tessa van de Meerendonk & Karl Korsar

Make sure there is enough contrast in your image

If colour tones are too similar, they can look the same on canvas. Different shades of the same colour must therefore be given enough contrast. Otherwise you will see too little of a difference between the different shades.

Colours on your computer screen often look different than on canvas. Each screen has different settings, so the colours vary. Digital the differences between shades are often visible, but not on canvas.

Test if you have the right colour

Are you looking for a very specific colour? Then we recommend that you do a test. You can do this by creating a test file yourself in Photoshop in which you make colour variations.

Another option is the House-of-U colour card. You can order two meters of fabric of your choice on which we print 2,000 colours. You will also receive a digital file to match the colours with your file in Photoshop and Illustrator.

Are you interested in receiving a colour card? And/or a print sample? Choose a fabric type and then click on one of the options.

Choice of fabric

When designing your fabric, also pay attention to the fabric type and structure.

For example, you design the nicest jackets, skirts or suits with linen. This fabric is durable and extremely suitable for indoor and outdoor fashion. Are you looking for a suitable fabric to design for your interior? Then take a look at our different varieties of cotton.

Are you unsure about which fabric fits your design best? Then roud our blog with colourful fabric inspiration and colour trends for 2020.

Just try it!

Do you still have doubts about designing your own fabric? Just give it a try! You will be amazed at what it looks like "in real life".

At House of U, you can have the fabric of your choice printed starting from 0.5 meters. This is possible via our design generator.

Upload your design, choose the fabric type and insert the size of your design. Have you designed a pattern? Then you can indicate exactly how your pattern should follow through.

We give you an indication of the image quality. That way you know immediately whether the quality of your design is good enough to be printed.

Looking for more tips for your design?

Have you received your fabric by now? In our other blogs we give you even more tips. For example, we explain how you can make a unique dress yourself.

Good luck with your design! Contact us if you have any questions for us. We are happy to help you.