Monday, 21 January 2013 11:00
Soft Fabrics for Making Your Own GarmentsWritten by d'Italia
We all have different needs for different types of clothes. Maybe sometimes we need something strong, sturdy and resistant to use while working in unconventional environments, while other times we just want something light and airy to wear for a walk on the beach. One thing is for certain, though, when making clothes we always want them to be as comfortable as possible. These fabrics are some of the softest out there and cover a range of budgets and uses.
Cashmere Let’s start with the standard for softness and comfort. A type of goat wool, cashmere has long been regarded as the premier fabric for luxurious feel and finish, even when blended in small amounts. Cashmere is notoriously warm and, for all its softness, quite durable, and as such is perfect for sweaters and winter wear. Silk The product of insect larvae cocoons (generally), silk is also a standard of luxury garment composition. Smoother than synthetic fabrics, silk is also quite strong – among the strongest of all naturally occurring fibres. Alpaca Wool Comparable to cashmere in terms of softness, alpaca wool is very warm, very durable and exceptionally lightweight considering these attributes. Nylon Easily the most common/least expensive of these, nylon is a synthetic fiber that’s a good substitute on a budget. It’s resilient, has good elasticity and is ideal for blending to use in highly comfortable and wearable clothes.