"The Fabric" Function

This Summary series is meant to be a quick informative read, that will display and breakdown various information about fabrics that are crafted into the beautiful outfits you may see on display here or what you see currently being created within the fashion industry.

Fabrics can be chosen for their performance and function. They could create a waterproofed garment or could be used to create an interesting silhouette through their structural properties.

How is Volume achieved -

Volume can be achieved through the use of thick or hairy fabrics, but also by using large amount of thiner fabrics that can be gathered or pleated. Volume also could be created by the use of seams and darts to create shape.

Drape -

Fine fabrics that have loose construction tend to drape better than thicker fabrics with a tighter construction. Fibre content & finishes both play a part in a drapability of a fabric. It also depends on what type of draping you require flat fluid drapes or full voluminous folds and shapes.

Performance -

Performance fabrics can be creatively used in garment design. Viscous (having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid; having a high viscosity) microfibre could incorporate microcapsules containing specific chemicals that when made into a yarn or woven, produced a fabric with UV protection which could be used for beachwear or childrens wear. Wool could be boiled and quilted to protect the body from the cold or even from pressure or abrasion ideal for outerwear. A cotton fabric could be waterproofed with the addition of a laminate finish for sportswear.

Article reference - Textiles , The Textile reader, The Textiles


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