fabric types

Started 4 years ago. There are 1 replies by 1 different members. The latest reply was from CarolAnn.
  1. I'm confused by different fabric names and types. I'd love to have more guidance when reading online descriptions of fabrics before making a purchase. Some items I've bought pill very quickly and some attract massive amounts of lint. Unfortunately, I didn't make a mental note to myself about these troublesome fabrics. So it would be good to have some guidance around this. I'm wondering what are the best keeping, highest quality fabrics to look for? I've have made one discovery myself - twill pants seem to attract lint. But is it the fabric type or the fabric quality? Thanks for any insight.

  1. My experience and opinion (others may differ) is it's the quality of the fabric that determines its performance(whether the fibers are natural or man-made). Natural fiber fabric (cotton, wool, linen, silk etc.) is usually more luxurious than man-made (polyester, rayon etc.), while man-made fabric is very practical and versatile, and can also be lovely (I love rayon for dresses and skirts, it drapes beautifully). However there is a spectrum of quality even in natural cloth. Examples of better quality would be better Pima cotton, Merino wool, cashmere. Even then, there is a range of quality. If cashmere is thin and weak, it can pill very easily although it still can be rather expensive. Since there are literally hundreds of types of fabrics, I think MissusSmartyPants' advice is the best overall philosophy for this problem....purchase quality items...get the very best garments you can afford in your budget, and that should go a long way in avoiding fabric failures. Hope that helps.

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