Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:00
Is 100% Cotton Any Better Than Blended Cotton?Written by d'Italia
When considering fabrics – whether for the clothes you buy or for your own do it yourself projects – cotton is likely the most common option you’ll come up with. But as many experienced fabric hunters know, there’s a big difference between 100% cotton and blended cotton, and while most logic would seem to favor the purer option, is there really a way to determine which is “better”?
Arguments for 100% cotton range from feel to weight to fit and beyond, but it’s not quite that simple. Maybe the same quality of pure cotton holds those benefits over blended cotton in many cases, but the fact is that this varies widely from maker to quality and personal tastes. If you’ve felt the two side-by-side from the same manufacturer and know your preference, that’s all the proof you need, but objectively speaking it’s not always a fair comparison. This also all depends on what the specific blend is. Polyester blends, for instance, often don’t breathe as well as pure cotton, but polyester is certainly its own category with its own pros and cons. Consider that blends may also shrink less than pure cotton and that they can bring about specific benefits like better heat retention or less propensity to wrinkle. Again, it all comes down to preferences and specifics. Maybe some of these qualities are important to you and others aren’t, and maybe the quality per brand name isn’t even comparable. To book a free consultation with us phone (03) 9509 4633 d'Italia is open 7 days 10am-5pm and is located at 62 Glenferrie Road, Malvern, Melbourne