What can clothing labels tell us about the fabric?
This label says 97% cotton/ 3% spandex. This is the content of the fibers. This could be for anything from a t-shirt to jeans. Below are 5 other key ingredients not listed on the label to get the fabric you want. This information should be listed on your technical design packet.
In order of importance:
- Is it knit or woven? In most cases asking yourself if it is stretchy or not will help you with this question.
- What type of knit or weave? For example a knit could be jersey or interlock.
- What weight is the fabric? How much does it weigh per meter or yard squared?
- What gauge or diameter are the yarns used when weaving or knitting the fabric?
- Lastly, what finish was done to the fabric? For instance a softener or enzyme wash might be used to make a softer hand.What have you learned about your fabric in your design process that has surprised you?