Clothing Fabrics Explained (A Beginner's Guide to Quality Fabrics)

Hello everybody welcomes back to my channel. I am so excited to be sitting down and finally, finally talking about fabrics with you gals, if you watched one of my last articles about fibres, we started the conversation about a little, something that I like to call the triple F factor, and that is fibres fabric And fit the three most important and essential elements when it comes to buying quality clothes for your wardrobe. Those are the three most important things that you need to be thinking of when it comes to buying fabulous outfits. Now this article is going to talk all about fabrics and it's my hope that by the end of this article, we will have started the conversation about fabric. Why it's important to know your fabrics. What different fabrics say about the specific article of clothing that you're wearing and that you're buying? What how fabrics are made? How fabrics are made of the different fibres that we talked about in our last article and how fibres and fabric will eventually turn into fit? Which is how your clothes look and feel on you and if you're new here - and you are just watching me for the first time - welcome - we just hit that 1000 subscriber mark here in my channel. So, welcome everybody. My name is Rachel, I'm the style, blogger. Behind the Rachel review.com and we're just go on a dive into this, because fabrics are amazing, they're exciting. And if you know what you like, in a fabric, you will know what to buy you'll, be able to know what a great deal is when you see it and it'll make shopping that much more easy and just awesome. So, let's first talk about how fabric is made right. There are two families of fabric types first is the knitted fabrics, which is essentially what I've got here: knitted right so knitted fabrics. This is a project that went south guys. Knitted fabrics are fabrics that are made of a single yarn, just like this. So, if you were to take this, I don't even know what this is. This is just a little something I think I was making a baby blanket believe it or not, and you were to take it off the knitting needles and I've got my bigger knitting needles here. You would see that is it's essentially made of one string. So, if you cut a hole in this piece of fabric here that I've made by knitting it, it will all unravel. So, I'm unravelling my hard work here for you guys. That’s the dedication we get here on the Rachel review, so that is the knitted fabrics. Nicks are very comfortable there, very soft to the touch I find they feel very good on. They are fantastic in a fall and in the winter, you can even have a lighter summer fabric made in a knit and with the technology that we have today. It’s not like how it was in the past, where you had to have large knits right today. We can have very, very, very tiny, teensy, tiny knits that make fabrics such as Jersey, which is very smooth, very light, very, very lightweight and very easy on okay, so that is the first family of fabrics. The second family of fabrics are the woven fabrics. These are woven, fabrics, take a bunch of different threads or yarns from the different fibre’s right fibres. We talked about that in our last article and they get woven together in different ways. So those fabrics are usually a lot. Sturdier they're a lot tougher and when it comes to fit which we're not talking about in this article. Yet it's important to know that when a fabric is knit versus woven, I have found that it is always better to avoid tailoring your knits because of how difficult it is with the single string right. If the single string and your knit comes undone and the tailor can't fix it or it's not, it doesn't have a hem or anything like that. Then you are goon an end up with a pretty bad situation, so my advice is when you're shopping for knits make sure it fits right, one more time when you're shopping for knits make sure it fits. It sounds corny, but it will always save you from buying something. That’s too big thinking you can take it to the tailors, realizing it's a knit and having deal with that nightmare. Basically, when it comes to fit - and this I'm just I'm telling you this article is not about fit, but it plays into it. You want to make sure to go with the woven fabrics now back to the woven family fabrics. Very simple: it's woven the threads are crises cross. They’re like this right. If anyone watches Justine Lacoste on YouTube, she goes way more in depth about the woven fabrics and I will link down below her and everyone else that, I think, is a great resource for you. Guys but let's talk about the side of fabrics that doesn't really get brought up when you're learning about fashion, when you're learning about design fabrics say something about the garment that they're on right. So not only are there the two families of fabrics, there is also two other things, one: the weight of the fabric, which will tell you what season or what, whether to wear it in right. So, you wouldn't wear a very lightweight fabric in the winter. If you live in a cold climate right because then it would be cold and cool, and you wouldn't feel comfortable same thing goes for very thick, very heavy fabrics wearing them in the summer or in a warmer climate. It just doesn't make sense. There’s that there's also the pattern of the fabric. Now this I find to be an essential part of picking out a fabric for your wardrobe for a specific piece right. So, there are hundreds of thousands of different prints on different types of fabrics and the combination of the print and the print on the fabric made with the different fibre. I know I'm. I know it's a little hard but bear with me tells you something about the item of clothing. For example, take a wedding, dress right, a wedding dress, think of a beautiful, sheer looking wedding dress, that's got a beautiful shine to it and it feels very, very soft and it's of a medium body type of fabric. What is that fabric? Often? It’s going to be satin right now. Satin is a type of fabric; however, satin can be made by all sorts of different fibres and that's where the price comes in right. So, if you have satin made of silk, it is going to be up here on the price. It is also going to be up here on the quality and it's going to be a lot more luxurious and I mean obviously more highly sought after right, whereas you could have a satin made of polyester, which you guys know how I feel about polyester and the Price is going to come all the way down to here, so understanding how the fibres play into the fabrics and what that means for the price that plays a huge part in understanding fabrics and, like I said at the beginning of this article, we aren't going to Be able to dive into every single aspect of fabrics today, I just want to touch upon the basics so that you get a better understanding of what's in your closet, why it costs what it costs. What it says about you, who you are if a piece of clothing is fancy if it screams fancy and ornate, and beautiful and wow factor' earth, it screams, casual and calm and cool and collected, I mean this is what fabric does it almost is its own language? So let's talk about a couple different patterns just for the fun of it, like I said we're not go on an go into everything today, but some of my favourite fabrics are silk: silk chiffon, which is you see in a lot of bridesmaids gowns you've seen a lot Of prom dresses, it's very fancy looking fabric, it's very soft, it's very sheer it's delicate to the touch. Silk. Chiffon is one of my favourites. The next would have to be silk satin. I guess I'm a big silk fan, but silk satin has that beautiful, luxurious. Sheer to it that just screams opulent and elegant and Wow, which I love, I you know I feel like we live life, and everything is casual. These days right, everyone's wearing Jersey, knits everyone's wearing cotton, everyone's wearing denim and chambray, because those are all comfortable, fibres and fabrics, and I get that. But you know what I will get it this way. I'M goon can be an old lady one day, God willing, and I don't want to look back and be like wow. I wish I dolled up a little bit more while I was young and youthful right. I don't know I mean I just I love how a fabric makes you feel when you put it on right because of what it says so another fabric that I love that you guys might be very familiar with, is jacquard and I might butcher how I say This but brocade right, so that fabric is found in a lot of handbags. It’s that tough woven fabric that has a little bit of a raised. The threads are a little bit raised and that raised thread forms a pattern right. So, I'm thinking of a Coach bag or a Michael Kors bag with the print right or even a believe it on bag, with the raised print coming out of it, you'll see a lot of designers. Do this because jacquard is a very durable, it's very tough fabric, but it also is a very luxurious fabric because those raised threads so just getting a feel for the types of fabrics that you're drawn to being able to describe what they are and what they're used For that will help you make decisions when it comes to buying things, and that I find is where people come into a lot of the stress for shopping. It’s when you don't know what you want. You don't know how to describe what you like, and you end up just sitting there in the store like, oh my goodness, what is this? How do I wear it? How do I take care of this fabric right? So those are all the main points that I really wanted to discuss with. You guys is the fabric, families, the two main families, the different weights of those fabrics. There’s light there's medium, there is heavy and so and how those different weights can be worn in different climates and in different seasons and the patterns and the prints. So finally, I just want to run off a couple of different examples of where this stuff will come into play. For example, let's talk about Christmas right, we all like Christmas. I mean, I don't know if you like Christmas, you might not like Christmas. You might not know anything about Christmas, but when I think of Christmas, I think of a very, very specific type of plaid right. So, we know plaid is a check right, it's a type of or check as a type of plaid, either way. That is a pattern. Okay, now you can have that pattern in any different fabric right, but when I think of a true like Christmas skirt, for example, I think of a very specific pattern name and a very specific check or a plaid name, and that is tartan check. Okay, so what I want you guys to do when you finish watching this article is to just Google tartan, plaid and you'll just be like that's Christmas right. There, tartan plaid equals Christmas, and when it's in a wool you know it's the dead of winter right. So, this is kind of I just want to get you guys. Thinking just want to start getting your minds in a way where you understand that fabric says something about the season that you're wearing it in it says something about. What’s going on fabric just makes a statement right and then the more you get to understand what your clothes are saying about. You your character, the situation's you're in the environments you're in the more you understand that the more exciting and the more fun this game of fashion is going to be. So, I hope you guys didn't mind this very long article, but I want you to take away something from this. Let me know what your questions are. I'M thinking I'm goon and must follow up this article with a more in depth, article or even a guide to fabrics. If that's something that you're interested in, let me know in the comments section below, if you'd like me, to write a more comprehensive shopping guide on fabrics and ask me your questions. What questions do you have about fabrics? What questions do you have about patterns, whether that be paisley pattern or a Greek key pattern or houndstooth, which I just got my first houndstooth piece anyways? These are all pattern names that all go on fabrics that we have in our closets. So just I hope that that team is to find it a little bit for you guys if you liked this article, give it a big thumbs up, make sure to subscribe, and I will catch you guys in my next article, where we talk about [, Music, ]

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