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6 Best types of fabric for dressmaking

Have you ever thought if there is a quick way to know if you are buying the right fabric you needed?
Well today is your lucky day because here is all you need to know!!
Shopping for fabric without a proper forethought is like going to the grocery store hungry,
everything looks good!
The 3 primary terms that you need to commit to your memory before you go on shopping are
Texture, drape and lustre.

Fashion is like eating. You shouldn’t stick with the same menu.

Kenzo takada
[Japanese fashion designer]

TEXTURE

You need to make sure that the feel, appearance or consistency of the fabric is satisfying. That is the
density of the fibre, the stretch of the fabric and the strength of the fabric. Does it look tight? Does it
look inexpensive? Is it a see-through fabric? All these can increase or decrease the body size; it can
draw added attention to the design.

QUALITY AND EXPENSE

By testing the texture you will get a near idea about the quality of the fabric. Remember expensive
is not always better! Analyzing if the fabric that you choose is matching your overall theme and
budget is important. The more fibres you have the longer lasting the fabric will be. The yarns must
be tightly packed.

Quality is more than promise, its genuine performance

Ron Kaufman

SUITABILITY AND LOCATION

Before you decide to go on shopping you need to be clear about for which occasion is the garment
designed for and what kind of fabric suits the design. Therefore according to the situation and the
climatic condition when the dress is going to be worn you need to pick up the right fabric.

DRAPE

It provides graceful effect as it develops the structure of designed garment. It’s about how it’s going
to lay on things. It’s the ability of a fabric to fall on its own weight into wavy folds of different nature.
At times you may not be able to check on this in the store because few materials may change its
properties when used or washed.

SHRINKAGE AND DIMENSION

Another important factor is the shrinkage. Some fabrics might be of the perfect dimension as you
expected when you buy it, but may disappoint you once it under goes a wash cycle. Polyster, nylon,
spandex, acrylic and acetate won’t shrink and will resist water based stains

WEIGHT

Light weighted fabrics is what we always hunt for. Chiffon, cotton, silk and nylon are few of the light
weighted fabric. Always chose the fabric which makes the wearer feel comfortable to carry on.

LUSTRE

It is in the eye of the beholder, you know it when you see it and you feel it. It is the bountifulness the
extra shine and the pop of color. You need to make sure that the fabric is not already faded.

COLOR

The ability of a fabric to retain its color reveals the standard of the material. Just like natural fabric,
synthetic fabric has a wide variety of types. Some types such as acetate will fade in the sun easily,
while others such as polyester will hold the dye well and resist fading.

MODERN STYLES AND PATTERN

There are various fabrics available in the market in plenty of design and patterns .You might be
confused looking at all of them at once! You need to check on the modern trends and styles. Based
on what dress you are going to make out of the fabric, you can scrutinize on the right pattern that
suits your design. The pattern that looks attractive may not be the right one for your design! Right
decision turns out be attractive at right time!
Well, you are almost there!

6 BEST TYPES OF FABRICS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Cotton

This fabric falls under the natural woven cellulose fabric. Light, thin and soft, cotton is a relatively
cheap material so is often used for a multitude of different textile projects. It can withstand heat,
detergents and bleach. Best suitable in the summer season, also known as the breathable fibres and
therefore the most comfortable to wear! Egyptian cotton has the longest fibre length and is known
for its ability to be layered.

NYLON

NYLON comes from the family of synthetic polymers. It can be melted into fibers, films and shapes as
it is a thermoplastic silky material. Nylons are strong and elastic. Easy to wash and dye in a multiple
color range as they have excellent toughness and abrasion resistance. It’s silky and smooth but
tends to trap heat and sweat against the skin. Mess fabric is a common product made of Nylon
which is used to making high fashion dresses, shell fabric with embroidery and big work. High-end
dressing gowns are made of using nylon net.

WOOL

Wool is an animal fibre as it is obtained from sheep and other animals and therefore the most
expensive. They tend to be warmer than others .It has high moisture regain ability, good elasticity
excellent absorbency .It can be uncomfortable to wear , heat and moisture can cause it to felt .It is
typically used in making carpets ,blankets, sweaters etc.

SILK

Silk has known it is a natural protein fiber, some forms of which can be woven into textiles. They are
a very good insulators as well as lightweight .Surface of silk feels smooth. Silk is considered to be
more plastics than elastic fiber. The silk polymer may slide each other if they are stretched
excessively. It can be more sensitive to heat comparatively than wool. It has good draping property.

KHADI

Khadi also known as khaddar refers to hand-woven and hand spun cloth. It has the unique property
of keeping the wearer warm in both summer and winter season. On washing it is more enhanced
and looks better. It has a coarse texture and gets easily crumpled and so it is starched to keep it firm
and stiff. Popular dresses that are made using khadi are dhoti, kurta and hand loom sari. As it
demands time, labour and expertise of spinners and weavers khadi is expensive.

RAYON

Rayon is more absorbent than cotton and linen in the most absorbent plant-based fabric. And
its breathable and therefore cooler and more comfortable to wear during summer. It is
a popular choice for casuals and athletic wear. But the disadvantage is that it loses strength when
wet as opposed to cotton which remains strong. Rayon is sensitive to humidity therefore the fabric
may tend to stretch. It is a Cheap, versatile fabric. It drapes well and tends to age poorly.

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