When choosing the fabric for a garment, it’s important to keep a close eye on quality. Garments made from a lower quality fabric may look beautiful on the rack but feel awkward to wear or lose their beauty after just a few washes. A piece of clothing made from high quality fabric, however, will keep its attractive look and comfortable feel for a long time to come. High quality fabric is the difference-maker, ensuring that your garment is as beautiful as it is durable, giving the wearer joy and becoming a favorite addition to his or her wardrobe. Here’s how to determine the quality of five major types of fabric used in garments: cotton, denim, linen, wool, and synthetics.
The Quality of Cotton
Cotton fabric with a long staple length is considered higher quality than cotton with a short staple length because it is softer, more durable, and more breathable. It should feel soft and show no signs of pilling. The threads should also be organized in smooth rows with no gaps.
The Quality of Denim
Made from cotton, denim should also be relatively soft to the touch. Make sure that the fabric is tightly woven and dense enough to last after long term wear. Make sure the seams don’t unravel when they are stretched. You will also want to see either double stitching or chain stitching.
The Quality of Linen
High quality linen should feel comfortable on your skin. If you see some slubs in the fabric, don’t worry. They are often included to retain a natural look and feel, and they can often even help the linen stay durable. Make sure that there are not any permanent creases in the fabric, as they may become prone to tearing with regular wear.
The Quality of Wool
Wool should be evenly knitted with a dense, orderly pattern. You’ll want to avoid knots, loose threads, or broken fibers. Wool is prone to pilling, although high quality wool such as Merino is less likely to show it. Some types of wool, such as Cashmere, are softer than others. This is not necessarily a sign of higher or lower quality, just the variety of wool.
The Quality of Synthetics
There are many types of synthetic fabrics. Rayon is a good choice for many garments because it is more breathable, similar to cotton or silk in texture. Two varieties of rayon, Modal and Tencel, are especially popular due to their soft, smooth feel and shrink-resistant properties.
Ultimately, it’s always best to evaluate a particular fabric’s quality in person so you can touch it, stretch it, and look closely at how densely the threads are woven together. It’s definitely worth taking the extra time and care to make sure you love the fabric you’re using. That way, you can be sure you will love the garment it becomes.