Fabric is definitely the most important element of a garment. Fabrics that are weak, or have rough textures, or contain small balls of fluff on its surface, can’t be said to be a great addition to any garment, regardless of how well the seams are made, or how beautiful the individual features maybe.
When evaluating fabrics for any piece of clothing, there are two separate things that you should look out for. These are the following.
1. The standard, condition or class of the material itself, and
2. The appropriateness of the fabrics for the purpose that you have in mind.
Number 1 is about determining the rate of the fabrics when compared to other materials of its kind. Let’s take cotton for example. There are certain attributes that differentiate a good quality cotton from the low quality one, such as the fibers and the way it is woven. In this article, I would like to give you a brief information about certain fabrics so you can easily take your pick when you need to purchase any one of them.
Number 2 is about evaluating the suitability of the fabric for your project, I.e. the weather when you plan to wear it on, or the activity that you will be doing wearing it. Of course, you wouldn’t purchase a cashmere fabric if you will be doing a workout, or a silk fabric if you’re looking to create a winter coat.
Those are the points to consider when choosing fabrics for your project. It is also important to remember that there is no good or bad fabric in an essential, permanent or characteristic way. You can find advantages and disadvantages in any type of fabric, even in synthetics. Of paramount importance is to become aware of them, so you can make a wise and confident choice in picking the best fabric for the purpose that you are working on.
Cotton fabric- is the most popular fabric for clothing, and for very good reasons. Cotton is soft and versatile, and if it is high quality, can be very durable. Compared to other fabrics, cotton is more reasonably priced. The staple length, or the length of its individual fibers is known to be a factor in producing high quality cotton fabrics.
Linen fabric- is created from flax fibers (also known as linseed). While these fibers are inherently smooth, they are not very elasticized. Like cotton, linen fabrics are good quality clothing materials for summer. Both are breathable, dries fast, has cooling effect, and do not have short threads coming off the cloth surface during processing.
Wool - can be used to create garments, but most commonly for blankets, rugs or outerwear. It all depends on how fine or how coarse the material is. The quality of wool is dependent upon the breed of the animals, the kind of food that they habitually eat, and their stress levels. The manufacturing process of wool is also a factor in quality.
Denim - is also woven from cotton fibers, and its quality is dependent on the quality of these fibers and the process done to produce it. If the denim is soft to the touch and feels like it is damp, it means that it is high quality.