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).
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.
Clothing manufacturers long ago discovered that blended fabrics (e.g. Cotton/Polyester, Nylon/Wool) benefit over single natural or synthetic fiber materials. Blended fabrics can not only lessen the cost to produce the product, they can improve the feel, appearance, and durability of the fabric while allowing easier care.
At Ivy and Pearl Boutique, questions about fabric blends are one of the most asked queries from our customers. The blend is also an important criteria for us when selecting products for our online boutique. Thus, understanding the advantages and disadvantages of the variety of fabric blends used in our products is important for both customers and sellers. Continue reading Why are fabrics sometimes blended? The advantages and disadvantages of various common fabric blends.