Types of Dress Fabric. In the hope of creating my own portfolio πŸ’Ό of fabrics

By Sharmini Jayawardena

Some important and interesting links on textiles.


https://trouvais.com/tag/18th-century-textiles/


http://adamsmithfashion.blogspot.com/2010_10_01_archive.html?m=1

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Fabric on display at a high end craft shop

Let me begin at the beginning. I need to say that my affinity for fabrics came from my mother who was trained in dress πŸ‘— making and by extension, fabrics, in her studies in Home Economics. (At Lady Irwin College, New Delhi, India).

Beyond that, while a student myself, I kept or maintained a book πŸ“– πŸ“š of samples of the various stitches 🧡 we were taught in our sewing class. My horizons on fabrics and stitching were broadened by these lessons along with input from my mother, from an early age.

This, urged me to venture into stitching my own clothes, as well as my mother’s, in my teenage years.

My mother would make all of the paper patterns or blocks as she called them with newspaper back issues or old newspaper.

I would create my own design most of the time, or copy a design from the fashion magazines, and use the basic patterns created by my mother to cut and stitch my dresses πŸ‘— and pants πŸ‘–, by hand and by machine.

This is how my interest in fabrics and stitching grew. I express my eternal gratitude to my mother for sharing all of her knowledge and expertise with me.

Let us consider this post a tribute to my mother, Irene Marguerite Jayawardena. I love πŸ’— you, mama❣️

https://www.leafblogazine.com/2017/12/16/my-mother/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warp_and_weft

1.Gingham – 1/4” Red Gingham Fabric

https://ladyworld.tv/marshmallow-weddings-bardot

Brigitte Bardot, with second husband, Jacques Charrier, in her groundbreaking Gingham and Broderie Anglaise, wedding dress, made by fashion designer, Jacques Esterel.
2.100% Cotton – 100% Cotton Embroidery Fabric Cream

3.Polyester – stretch polyester, 98% polyester, 2% elastane for making shirt, dress, skirt, trousers
4.Woolen – 100% Woolen


5.Taffeta – Plain Taffeta Fabric
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taffeta
https://www.masterclass.com/articles/what-is-taffeta-fabric-how-taffeta-is-made-and-the-characteristics-of-taffeta-fabric#what-are-the-characteristics-of-taffeta
6.Buckram – Buckram is used in stiffening collars and cuffs. Little girls’ can cans were made of buckram in the β€˜60s.

https://sewguide.com/stiff-fabrics-add-volume-to-dress/


7.Satin – https://www.utsavpedia.com/textiles/art-satin-fabric/


8.Laces – Broderie Anglaise, Guipure Lace, Chantilly lace, Eyelash lace fabric and trimming, Tissue lace, Embroidered lace
9.Paisley
10.Chintz
11.Calico – Amu rΓ©dhi in Sinhala, or raw cotton cloth.
12.Muslin – In Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity – UNESCO
13.Denim
14.Gossamer
15.Silk, Kashmir silk
16.Tweed
17.Twill
18.Cheviot
19.Homespun or Handloom
20.Sued
21.Gabardine
22.Damask
23.Crepe
24.Herringbone
25.Hounds Tooth
26.Tulle
27.Burlap
28.Tartan or Plaid
29.Viscose – not flammable
30.Rayon – flammable


31.Linen
32.Jutesine
33.Brocade
34.Tapestry
35.Netting
36.Velvet
37.Voile
38.Chiffon
39.Nylon
40.Georgette
41.Sateen
42.Organza
43.Organdy
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organdy
https://historicalsewing.com/the-costumers-dream-fabric/comment-page-3?
44.Chameues
45.Challis
46.Poplin


47.Garbadine
48.Habutai
49.Lawn cloth
50.Gauze
51.Corduroy
52.Crinoline
http://fabricforcosplayers.com/crinoline/
Net and Tulle
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crinoline
53.Shot silk


54. Seersucker
www.huffpost.com/entry/seersucker-suits_n_572ba14ce4b096e9f090b30e/amp
www.countryclubprep.com/blogs/fox-tales/seersucker-where-did-it-come-from


55.Cotton Drill
56.Chinos. (Also see Dockers)
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chino_cloth
57.Cluny lace

https://historicalsewing.com/the-costumers-dream-fabric

https://www.leaf.tv/articles/fabric-difference-between-chiffon-organza/

My Goldi Glamour Sewing 🧡 Box / needle work box embellished with steampunk items – scissors, reel of thread, thimble, needle 😊

I read the biography of Coco Chanel sometime ago, (borrowed from the British Council Library in Colombo), with much glee, as it was interesting no end! Sadly I’m unable to locate the book online and I do not recall the name of the biographer.







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