Glossary of fabrics, materials, and knit – the complete encyclopedia of fabric types and materials

Viscose Rayon fabric example

Fabrics refer to any flexible material made from natural or artificial fibers (yarn or thread) that is weaved (longer threads, called the warp, are interlaced), knitted (loops of yarn are interlaced), crocheted (loops of yarn are interlaced), knotted (yarns are knotted together), felted (fibers are mat pressed together), or braided (threads are twisted together). Fabrics may be classified by the yarn or thread material or by the method used to create the fabric (or both).

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Fabric and textile pattern encyclopedia – complete pattern dictionary illustrating the various types of patterns used in fabric, textile, and clothing design.

Fabric and textile pattern bible - complete pattern dictionary illustrating the various types of patterns used in fabric, textile, and clothing design.

Patterns are a repeating of an element or motif used to create a unique decoration on fabrics. An example of an easily identifiable pattern is a checkered pattern or striped pattern. But there are hundreds of distinct patterns available and each are designated with labels (names) to aid in product description and selection. Below is an exhaustive dictionary of pattern types used in fabric, textile, and clothing design. Continue reading Fabric and textile pattern encyclopedia – complete pattern dictionary illustrating the various types of patterns used in fabric, textile, and clothing design.

Dress styles – the complete illustrated fashion guide to dress styles (types) and silhouettes

Parts (components) of a dress

Fashion terms can be confusing and one of the most oft-mentioned terms in Ivy and Pearl Boutique product descriptions are dress styles and silhouettes. What’s the difference between a A-Line dress, chemise, and empire? The guide below will remove some of the mystery surrounding the many different types of dresses.

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