How to Choose the Best Fabric for Clothes - TwirlyGirl
Remember the 90s? Spandex, also known as lycra, is a synthetic fabric that stretches well. It's perfect for exercise clothes, but because it is skin tight, it hides nothing. Today, it's also used in skinny jeans to make them form fitting. It's also used in polyester blend knits to make them more stretchy.
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Silk has been around since ancient China. It's incredibly smooth and lustrous, and comes from the cocoon of the mulberry moth. It's very lightweight, flowy and, of course, silky! Ideal for draping and lining.
Satin can be lightweight or heavy weight. It tends to be glossy in appearance and is smooth, silky, and flowy.
Polyester tends to be very comfortable. It washes well and doesn't require special care. We tend to use many polyester blend knits because they take color extremely well, they're durable, and the dyes don't fade. Because polyester blends are man-made, they don't breath as well as cotton. However, for a twirly dress, that doesn't really matter. There's plenty of room for air to go in an out, and given the softness and durability, it really is the ideal fabric
Linen is a lightweight fabric that breaths well in hot weather. Can look both casual and neat. It's a natural fiber that comes from the flax plant... same place where flax seeds come from. The downside is that it wrinkles very easily and requires gentle washing.
Nylon was invented as a synthetic replacement for silk, it was used in WW2 to make parachutes and tires. It was also used instead of silk to make women's stockings, which is where the term "nylons" originated. Nylon is strong and inexpensive and is easily washed.
Rayon comes from cellulose fibre. It drapes well because it is lightweight, but still heavier than cotton. Rayon is manufactured fabric from natural fibers. This makes it part natural, and part synthetic. It is often used to mimic the feel of silk, wool, and linen. It's soft, comfortable and smooth. Rayon is idea for hot and humid climates because it doesn't insulate body heat. The downside is that it requires careful washing and is not very durable.