Dress Fabric Explained

“Dress fabric” is an extensive term that covers a wide range of materials and designs ideal for various clothing; from fabric more suited to – as the phrase suggests – dresses and light garments, to jackets, trousers, shirts and even ties. With a wealth of choice, sizes (usually ranging from mainly 115cm to 150cm) and material, the myriad of options are only as limited as that of one’s imagination. There are 2 types of fabric: woven or knitted, and these can be made from either animal fibres (such as wool or silk), plant fibres (cotton and linen) or man-made (nylon).

Cotton for example is widely regarded as the most versatile of all dress making fabrics, available in a range of various weights, colours and designs, making it the obvious choice for both formal and informal shirts, skirts, and trousers. Fabrics like denim and corduroy are also made from cotton – its multipurpose nature allowing for a range of price points.

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Another popular alternative is woven linen; easy to sew and again available in an assortment of weights, it is often combined with cotton to create clothing for the summer months.

Silk threads meanwhile are woven to produce extensive fabric variations; including satin, a densely-woven silk noteworthy for its lustrous sheen; or duchesse satin, a blend of silk and rayon that is a lighter and inexpensive alternative to pure satin; charmeuse too is a lightweight silk satin but with a more subdued lustre; and shantung is a textured silk with minimal shine, characterised by its uneven, bumpy qualities.

Other choices include even daintier silks like chiffon and organza, which are all used in layers for garments such as gown skirts and nightwear due to their transparent but lightweight nature. Chiffon in particular has become increasingly popular in recent times; manufactured from silk (and as an alternative, rayon) its delicate, pure nature provides an extremely soft finish. Frequently layered because of its transparency, it’s another popular choice for overskirts and sleeves.

Through such a vast array of fabric, the style, colour and texture can be optimally paired together for differing seasons and forthcoming trends.

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