If our New Fabric Phone Chain™ was successful, you’ve already heard. But the rest of you might want to take a seat before you keep reading. Alright, now – keep yourself contained for the neighbor’s sake.
Thread has expanded the Ground to Good™ collection to feature PFGD Jersey. For the uninitiated, that’s “Prepared for Garment Dye.” What’s so very special about PFGD?
PFGD is a designer’s dream.
This stuff is tailor made for makers, textile artisans, fashion designers, and ambitious hobbyists. Unlike fabric from the store that’s been pre-dyed, pre-shrunk, and fully prepared for you to get sewing, PFGD offers a whole new range of flexibility and freedom for your entire creative process.
As you may have noticed from the name, PFGD is prepared for garment dyeing. That means you do the majority of your sewing and handiwork first, and then get dipping and dyeing to the perfect hue. If store-bought fabric were a ceramic pot that you get to paint and glaze, PFGD would be a hunk of clay.
But I love the cream color – can’t I just sew normal stuff with it?
I mean you couuuuuld, but you might not want to (we have undyed canvas for that). PFGD is specifically crafted for dyeing, which means that some “average” boxes are left unchecked. After you complete your dye process, we recommend a decent tumble in the dryer. This step performs a few crucial functions:
Shrinkage! One of the great things about PFGD is that it allows any designer to control the sizing and amount of shrink with both the pattern and the finishing procedure. Using a standard pattern with PFGD may result in a final product that isn’t the right size or doesn’t fit.
Also, texture! At the beginning, your new PFGD will seem a bit gauze-like and rough to the touch. Tumble dry that PFGD after it’s been dyed, and BOOM – the knit will draw closer together and the fibers will soften. It’s the “She’s All That” glasses-off moment for this fabric.
Give it to me straight. What are the ground rules then?
Well, we’ve taken care of the scouring. This cleaning step helps make the color more even, control any shrinkage, and minimize any puckering or torque. With that out of the way, there are a few precautions.
Sew with 100% cotton undyed or white thread if you want it to match after dyeing. Synthetic threads. Any bits, bobs, zips, notions, or labels may dye differently than PFGD or thread. Test any additional details before you begin. They may need to be affixed at the very end.
Is this as responsible as your other fabrics?
Oh heck yes! Ground to Good™ PFGD Jersey is a 50/50 blend of recycled polyester and cotton. The polyester is created from post-consumer plastic bottles that support income opportunities in some of Haiti’s poorest neighborhoods, while cotton is sourced from farms in the USA.
If you’re curious about the bottle-to-fabric journey, learn each step at a glance of these eight GIFs. You can also explore the true impact of Thread’s mission with the informative (but sadly un-animated) impact report.
Fine. I’m in. Where do I begin?
Order your own PFGD! If you’re new to designing with this type of textile, you should also explore the universe of dyeing techniques. Here are a few of our favorite tutorials to get you started, as well as a more thorough step-by-step guide:
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