There are over a hundred types of fabric available nowadays. The choices may vary from knitted fabrics, woven or non-woven as well as technical fabrics and so much more. Each type is uniquely manufactured using different materials. This goes without saying that each fabric retains a different quality. If you are thinking about re-upholstering your couches, changing your curtains and rugs or just planning to sew some clothes, you have to take the time to consider which type of fabric to buy.
There is a lot of good-quality fabrics around that are suited for various purposes. Some fabrics are made to be worn while some are better off covering sofas and other types of furniture. Apart from knowing the purpose as to why you need to purchase a certain kind of fabric, you also need to consider the weather patterns in your region. If you are planning to use the fabric to sew clothes, the climate in your region is an important factor to keep in mind as it will affect the wearer’s comfort. On the other hand, if you need the fabric for upholstery, the climate in your area is going to determine the process of maintenance you need to undergo to preserve the fabric’s quality.
There are certain types of fabric that have the tendency to trap heat. Usually these types of fabrics are made from synthetic materials such as wool and fleece. These types provide an insulating layer that keeps people in frigid areas warm and cosy. Even when wet, fleece is known to maintain heat which makes it a suitable garment material for snowy weather. Wool does a great job at keeping you warm as well, but unlike fleece, it doesn’t retain its insulating properties once it gets soaked in water.
Fabrics that provide great insulating properties often appear to be more bulky. They can warm the body by trapping cool air between its tightly woven fibres. Other types of fabric that have similar qualities are Polypro, polyester, double gauze, challis, silk, as well as anything made using synthetic Polypropylene.
As for warmer climates, the most suitable fabrics are those that are made from natural fibres. You can choose from a wide range of rayon, cotton and linen. These fabrics allow enough air to pass through them which unlike most types of polyesters. Another factor that makes these fabrics apt for warmer climates is their ability to absorb water. Synthetic fibres tend to repel water, which reduces evaporation and allows sweat to build up. Apart from obviously causing discomfort, the sweat build up brought about by wearing the wrong type of garment may also cause minor skin irritations. So, if you’re planning to make clothes to wear in the tropics or in sunny areas, it’s best to go for fabrics made from natural fibres as they are better at driving moisture away from the skin.
Apart from the materials used in the manufacturing process of a certain fabric, you should also pay attention to its colour. Generally, heat and light bounces off from light coloured fabrics making them more appropriate for warm sunny weather. If you don’t want to stick to basic white fabrics, you can choose from a wide assortment of pastels and beiges. On the other hand, fabrics dyed in darker shades are more suitable for cooler regions as they more effective at trapping heat.