Basic Guide to Fabric – Woven Noise

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01 Jun '16

Basic Guide to Fabric

Posted by Woven Noise Team


Understanding the difference between woven verses knit fabric can be confusing. Here is a basic guide of classic fabric types and terms to help you make better choices while shopping online for fabrics. 

Woven fabrics are non-stretchy and made up of threads that are horizontal and vertical.

Knit fabric is stretchy and created by intertwining threads looping back and forth.

  • Cotton – woven cotton is a natural fiber comes in many different weights from light-weight to heavy. It is versatile and can be used for shirts, skirts, trousers, jeans and bags. Fabrics like denim and corduroy are generally made from cotton.
  • Cotton jersey – knitted by machine from fine cotton thread.  It’s stretchy and comfortable to wear, but not as easy to sew as woven fabric.
  • Linen – woven linen is easy to sew and comes in a variety of weights. It is often blended with cotton and used to make summer clothes, but it does wrinkle easy.
  • Silk – woven fabric used for lingerie, blouses and dresses. Soft and delicate to the touch and very light weight.
  • Spandex – synthetic stretchy fabric used to create form fitting clothes that move with ease.
  • Wool – can be knitted or woven. Wool fabrics are heavier weight and often made into suits, coats, skirts and trousers.

Polyester and polycotton – synthetic woven fabric that is generally light-weight and crease resistant. Polycotton is a blend of polyester and cotton.

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