The Importance of Fabric Selection in Fashion Design

Posted by QUANTUMFACTORY on 10/29/2014 to General

Although it is not the only element of fashion design, fabric is indeed one of the big five of line, form, shape, texture, and color. Sure, fabric is not named in that list of the big five, however, in many ways, fabric is synonymous with texture and color.

When it comes to fashion design, texture is how the clothing feels between your fingers and against your skin. Texture is also the weight of the piece of clothing, how flexible, stiff, or soft it is along with how it falls or drapes on the wearer. All components of texture are influenced or determined by fabric choice.  

Color, another one of the primary elements of fashion design, is also influenced by the type of fabric used. After all, silk dyes in a much different way than, say, cotton or nylon do.

When the time comes for you to start working with fabrics as you create your designs, these are three of the main types you ought to consider while browsing the selection at QUANTUMFACTORY.NET:


Though this knit-cotton fabric is not well-known to the layperson, Jersey is a great fabric choice because it is comfortable yet warm, easy to work with, and colors very nicely. Fashion designers use Jersey to make pants, dresses, blouses, shirts, shorts and so much more.


I love working with silk. For its weight, silk is incredibly warm. In fact, it is so warm that top-of-the-line sleeping bag liners and long underwear is often made out of silk. However, this fiber that is made by a caterpillar-like worm is famous due to its sheer beauty. You can find easy-to-work-with silk fabric in every color under the rainbow.   

Twill Weave

Being a weave that repeats on at least three picks, a twill weave is made up of diagonal lines that produce great effects. Due to the number of picks, ribs, and draft in a twill weave fabric, this fabric is especially stiff and durable.