Wigan fabric is a plain weave fabric. It is usually made from Cotton and has a very firm handle. It is used mainly to stiffen garments, usually as an interlining. To add to the stiffness, it is often coated with latex rubber. It is usually cut on the bias so that it can be used in stabilising curved areas of garments such as arm holes, hems and necklines. It is a sew in interfacing and is similar to canvas in texture, weight and weave. This fabrics name is derived from the city of Wigan in Greater Manchester where the fabric was originally made.

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Written by Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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