‘Only an excellent fabric can originate an excellent fashion’ – Nino Cerruti
Fabric selection is the essence of the fashion world and it is what makes any fashion designer excited. It brings life to any design and makes you fall in love with its feel. It’s the fabric which makes all the difference in the world. And just like there is a multitude of styles and designs in clothing, so are the fabrics used to craft these styles.
For a budding fashion designer, it is very important to have the right kind of fabric to gel with the design you have in mind, for not every fabric can be used to make every dress. Fabric defines the garment and a wrong one matched even with the best of designs can prove to be a failure.
Here is a guide to fabric selection that every fashion designer must keep in mind while fabric sourcing –
Fabric Sourcing for Kids
A fashion designer must keep in mind that a parent would not in their wildest dream will buy something made out of a rough fabric for their child. It has to be something soft like cotton, cotton voile, or rayon. While sourcing fabric for kids, remember the fabric must feel smooth providing excellent breathability, and should be low maintenance when it comes to designing regular clothes for infants or even toddlers. Thes soft fabrics also give a good stretchability to garments like t-shirts and frocks.
Fabric Selection for Women
While sourcing fabric for women, look out for the fabric that are soft, flowy & lend a good silhouette to the wearer. A fashion designer would mostly go for sequined, embellished or embroidered fabric as its widely used while designing outfits for ladies fashion and to some extent in kids clothing only.
Fabric that fascinates Men’s Fashion
Just like you would not find a dress that appealing when it is crafted out of stiff linen fabric, similarly, a fashion designer shouldn’t use rayon for a men’s shirt. For something like a men’s shirt, the fabric must hold its form and not stick to the body or appear flimsy.
Most fashion designers follow a simple checklist when sourcing the fabric for their designs.
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