Dressmaking fabric is used to make clothes and is available in different types of fabric based on the desired texture, style and color. Fabric shops usually carry low-cost fabric as well as designer brands. People who are looking for dressmaking materials also buy certain types of fabric based on the type of project that they are making.
The most common type of dressmaking fabric is natural cotton. Cotton, made from the cotton plant, is a material dressmakers use to make almost any kind of clothing. This fabric is durable, easy to clean and economical. Cotton garments have a tendency to shrink in hot temperatures so attire made from this material usually run big in size.
Another form of dressmaking fabric is silk; considered a luxury fabric because of the high price. Manufacturers make silk by taking the material from a silkworm’s cocoon and spinning it into a soft shiny fabric. Dressmakers use silk to create different types of clothes including wedding dresses, custom-designed outfits and lingerie.
Wool is a different kind of fabric that dressmakers use and is very stylish in the winter. In order to make wool, hair from animals such as sheep, llamas, or goats are knitted into tightly woven fibers. The wool can be used to make a variety of clothes including dresses, sweaters and coats. Wool has become increasingly popular because of its warmth, high moisture absorbency and resistance to static. Some people may be allergic to synthetic wool but all natural wool is actually hypoallergenic and recommended for individuals with allergies.
An additional dressmaking fabric is linen which is used to give dresses a more elegant appearance. Linen is a fabric made from vegetable fiber and gives clothes a slight sheen due to the plant wax. For the most part, items made from linen will last for years because of its durability. Clothes made out of linen are usually worn during the summer since the material is lightweight and comfortable. The only flaw with linen is that it is prone to wrinkling easily because the material does not have a lot of elasticity.
There are also synthetic made fabrics such as polyester, nylon and spandex. These materials are stretchy, easy to clean, and inexpensive. Many designers mix the synthetic fabric with a natural dressmaking fabric such as cotton to allow the material to have more stretch and durability. The mixed material is known as a blend and may have a tag, such as a poly/cotton blend.