The “Fun”-damentals on Fabrics & Garment Construction Introduction

Hello my beauties! Ready for a REALLY informative blog entry mini-series? There are going to be up to either three or four parts. But this just a short blog entry about the introduction.

Ready?

true fashionista can distinguish between designer clothing and knock-offs in a millisecond.The main way of doing that is by the fabric itself. It’s easy to imitate a style, but since one of the main costs of an item is the fabric, imitations are usually easy to spot if you know what to look for. And vice versa, if you find an affordable outfit by an unknown designer but recognize that it was made with quality fabric, then you’ve found yourself a true bargain.

In order to build your wardrobe properly, you must have a general knowledge of the fabric you’re buying. BY discovering how to recognize quality materials and construction, you’ll be able to make better decisions on what to purchase.

FABRIC BASICS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW: 

The garment industry uses hundreds of different fabrics in the making of clothes. About 220 different fabrics alone can be used to produce a women’s suit. Some of these are variations of a basic fabric, such as as the many types of cottons, ranging from broadcloth to Pima, while others are made from various fibers and have unique characteristics, like brocade, which has raised designs on a flat surface.

How much do you really know about fabrics? Actually it helps to know quite a lot. Here’s why:

  • One of the keys to dressing fashionably is having variety in your closet. If you have ten blouses that are identical in fabric, except for their color, it’s difficult to put together an outfit that stands out. But if your collection of blouses features lots of different fabrics as well as a variety of textures, weaves, and shades, you can put together outfits that are more unique. 
  • Knowing the different fabric varieties helps when you’re shopping.  Asking a sales associate for a black blouse doesn’t really give her very much to go on. But if you say you want a black silk blouse, you’ve narrowed down the choices considerably. And if you say black silk-satin blouse, you’ve done even more refining. Knowing one fabric from another can also help you as you scan your favorite store and look for that perfect outfit.
  • The care of your clothing is dependent on what it’s made of. Most synthetic fibers, for example, are prone to heat damage, especially hot water in a washer as well as the heat of a dryer or iron.

COMMON FIBERS:

There are five natural fibers:

  1. cotton
  2. wool
  3. silk
  4. linen
  5. hemp

and five man-made fibers: 

  1. acetate
  2. acrylic 
  3. nylon
  4. polyester
  5. rayon

These fibers are the building blocks of most if the material used in clothing. In some instances, they’re used alone, but very often they’re blended together so that manufacturers can combine the look of one fabric (usually a natural one) with the durability if another (usually a synthetic).

Well, that is what I have for now. Check in next time. Which I will have one done for next Wednesday. 🙂

Love to you,

& fashion!

Lady J!

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