I don’t want to bombard you with too much textbook information, but I am going to review some important things about a few of our favorite fibers. This is mostly so you can refer back to it in future sewing 101 lessons that require knowledges of fibers and fabric. (It will all make sense later, I promise!)
The Fabric of Our Lives. The fabric of my life, at least. I love cotton. Cotton jeans. Cotton blouses. Cotton fabrics. It’s my favorite fabric for babies, too. So comfy.
Category: Natural Cellulosic Fiber
Structure: over 90% cellulose
Features: Cotton absorbs well, making it comfortable for hot weather. Low resilience means it wrinkles easily. Medium strength fibers.
Care: Don’t chorine bleach. The oxygen molecule that holds cotton together is weak and will break apart if bleached with general laundering. (My husbands shirts are full of holes for this reason, but they are very white, too!) Hot iron. Easy to wash, no special precautions (that is my type of fabric!).
Linen is a great summer fiber because it is comfortable to wear plus you don’t have to iron it. Wrinkles in linen are considered charming. No ironing, check!
(I have no pictures of rayon. It is not a personal favorite, though I do like it for linings. But manufacturer’s use it often.)
What’s your favorite fiber? I think cotton and silk are my ultimate faves. Silk for dressy occasions and cotton for every other occasion.