3 Key Points to Choosing the Right Fabric
The most important part of clothing is the fabric. If the clothing and garments are made from low-quality or the wrong material, all your designing and production efforts will be in vain. The wrong fabric will fail to do justice to the design, making your production a huge failure.
After the designing phase, the next most important part is choosing the fabric. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the variety of fabric designs, colors, and qualities in the market, which is why you need to follow some important tips.
Fabric is the heart and soul of any product. Here are some key points to choosing the right fabric for your next project.
Take the Fabric Weight into Consideration
A fabric’s weight is measured by grams per square meter. These define how heavy or light the fabric is. You can differentiate between a light, medium, and heavyweight fabric by looking at its thickness.
Light Weight Fabrics
· Single Jersey
Medium Weight Fabrics
· Interlock Jersey
Heavy Weight Fabrics
· Wool Felt
Observe the Fabric Drape
The fabric drape determines how well it will flow. In simple words, rigid fabrics have less drape, and runny fabrics have more drape. However, you need to know that drape and weight are two different things. Both affect how a garment looks and how well a product will come out.
Moe fluid fabrics like silk are used to make skirts, and stiff fabrics like cotton are used to make a shirt or top.
Check How Far the Fabric Stretches
Each fabric has a different level of elasticity. Elasticity is often referred to as the ability of a fabric to bounce back after being stretched. When choosing a fabric based on its stretchiness, you need to ensure it works well with your patterns, as such a fabric can affect how the final clothing or garment fits a customer’s body.
There is a very simple and easy way to measure the stretch of any fabric. Start by stretching the fabric five-inch over a ruler by holding one end of the fabric on the zero mark on the ruler and taking the other end as far as possible until you start feeling resistance.
Next, divide that number by the original length of the fabric. The answer you get is the elasticity of the fabric you’re thinking of choosing.
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