The Making of a Dress

Types of Dress Making Fabric

Now of course part of getting ready to make a dress, is choosing the right fabric.

The best type, design, and colour scheme to suit the particular style of dress that you plan on making. For instance if you’re looking for an elegant flowing effect, you may want to choose silk.

At the same time though, do be aware that fine silk can be a bit difficult to work with. Not only that, but high quality silk also be quite costly. What this means, is that mistakes while you’re working with this particular fabric can be expensive, so keep that in mind if you’re a beginner.

Now cotton on the other hand, is a great all around fabric to work with in dress making. Not only is it one of the easiest to work with but it comes in just so many grades, types, and designs. Cotton also dyes well which is one more thing to consider if you want to try your hand at creating your own abstract fabric designs.

Now as stated above, there are several grades of cotton fabric and up at the top of the list is Egyptian cotton. So then just what is it that makes cotton from Egypt so coveted, and special? It’s because it has longer fibers than domestically grown cotton.

Long fibers mean thinner thread can be made from it, and thinner threads mean higher thread-count. Simply put, with Egyptian cotton weavers are able to make cotton fabric that has more threads per square inch in the weave, and is also sheerer. It’s thinner.

Now there are several types of synthetic fabrics and before you pass them over for being too synthetic, you should take one thing into account. That is that some of the newer synthetics are hard difficult to distinguish from natural materials. Also they do have their fair share of positive attributes.

To start off with synthetics tend to be more affordable, and that comes in real handy if you’re a beginner. They’re also low maintenance and perhaps after putting in all the work in it takes to make a dress you just might appreciate that. So many of them also have such a nice drape too, they flow on the body well which is so important with a dress.

There is also any number of natural and synthetic blends, and there’s a lot to say about them as well. For instance, a wool nylon blend allows you to have all the positives of a wool fabric, without so much of the scratchiness. Also cotton synthetic blends give you the natural airy feeling of cotton, without the wrinkles.

So in the end, the bottom line is that there is just a whole lot more to choosing the right fabric for dress making than simply choosing what looks right for you. Each type of cloth has its own positives and negatives to consider, and they all should be taken into account before you decide.

Author: R. Gueli


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