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Lace fabrics are made of linen, silk, and cotton threads, the most popular colours of which are gold and silver. The threads are woven together to resemble cords. Popular lace fabric clothes are dresses, skirts, and blouses. See our lace fabric exposé here.
Linen is spun yarn from the flax plant. Although difficult to make, it is stronger than cotton and highly breathable during hot weather. Linen is one of the best fabrics for outdoor clothing.
Muslin is a cotton fabric woven in equal width and length propotions. They are mostly soft and light, but can vary in weight. Muslin is a popular clothes lining fabric.
This is a mesh fabric as crisp as paper, resembling tulle when sewn. Organza is a suitable fabric for full skirts and dresses.
Polyester is a fabric derived from the reaction of carboxylic acid and alcohol that form particles called esters. These esters then link in chain-like fashion to become polymers. It is a strong and hydrophobic fabric mostly used in making sport wears and gears.
Pique is a cotton and polyester blend fabric, woven in interlocking fashion to resemble raised parallel cords. It can be dense if the cotton blend is more than its synthetic weight, making it vary in texture. Pique is a suitable fabric for making tshirts.
Silk derives its name from the silk thread it is spun from. It is smooth to the touch and gives a syrupy feel, making it a favourite fabric for flowy dresses. A blended version of plain silk is sateen, which is mixed with synthetic fibres like polyester and rayon, in a satin weave.
Taffeta is a crisp shiny fabric that rustles in motion. It is made from a blend of silk and man-made fibers like nylon, rayon, polyester, and acetate, or a blend of all of them. Taffeta is a suitable fabric for tight fitting clothes as they hold more than other fluid fabrics and are expensive. Paper Taffeta is also another type which is extremely crisp and thin.
A traditional Scottish fabric made from wool, normally in striped bold colours.
Made from a variety of natural and synthetic fabrics like cotton, silk, wool, and rayon, velvet is derived by weaving two heavy cords of yarn at the same time. They are then wound to create a dense effect. Popular velvet fabrics are a mixture of Rayon and silk.
Wool is a natural fiber gotten from animals like sheep, goats, camels, and llamas. Fabrics for clothes making made from wool include tartan, cashmere, felt, tweed, and poplin. Fabrics made from wool are highly moisture absorbant and great conductors of heat in cold climates.
There you have them. Learn the ABCs of fabrics for making clothes.
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