This easily navigable resource provides 125 swatches of the most recognized and widely used varieties of fabric. Natural fabrics such as cottons, silks, wools and linens are included, as are artificial and synthetic ones like nylons, polyesters, microfibers and soya fabrics, and fabrics made from alternative plant fibbers like bamboo and hemp. Their properties are explained alongside the swatches, with diagrams and colour photographs of fashion garments to illustrate their behaviour.
With information on fibbers, basic construction of fabrics, weights, construction, and weave comparison, the book will help student fashion designers to make informed textile choices based upon an understanding of raw materials together with the processes that make up a fabric.
Presented in a sturdy ring–binder folder, Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book also includes a section on techniques such as felting, weaving, and knitting as well as practical information on sourcing fabrics, costing and testing them and an invaluable annex on fabric terminology.