List of Most Commonly Used Fabrics in Fashion (M to Z) – Part 2

Updated on May 19, 2017

Here is a list of the most commonly used fabrics in the fashion industry. Hope you like the article.

Madras

It is a light-weight, fine, plain-weave yarn, dyed fabric that is characterized by large checks.

Used in

  • Shirts
  • Dresses
  • Blouses

Madras
Madras

Matelassé

A double fabric that has a quilted appearance, which is done by the use of wadding threads and a tightly bound weave.

Used in

  • Womenswear
  • Coats
  • Furnishings

Matelassé
Matelassé

Muslin

It is a plain weave, light weight fabric, usually made from cotton

Muslin
Muslin

Organdy

An extremely fine, delicate, semi-transparent, light-weight fabric characterized by a permanent stiff finish

Used in

  • Dresses
  • Blouses

Organdy
Organdy

Organza

A thin transparent, plain weave fabric, with a stiff finish usually made from silk yarn.

Used in

  • Formal wear
  • Blouses
  • Interlinings

Organza
Organza

Oxford

A plain weave cotton fabric, which has two warp ends woven as one.

Used in

  • Shirts
  • Blouses

Oxford
Oxford

Poplin

A plain weave cotton fabric made by use of dense warp over a coarse weft, which give a design of fine weft way ribs.

Used in

  • Shirts
  • Blouses
  • Jackets
  • Trousers
  • Coats

Poplin
Poplin

Rib Jersey

A weft-knitted double-sided fabric, in which two adjacent wales of face loops alternate with two adjacent wales of back loops in a series.

Used in

  • Collars of t-shirts
  • Cuffs

Rib Jersey
Rib Jersey

Seersucker

A cotton fabric characterized by a crinkled appearance. The fabric tends to have alternating puckered surface and relatively flat surfaces, which can be created by finishes or differential warp tensions.

Used in

  • Blouses
  • Shirts
  • Dresses

Seersucker
Seersucker

Serge

It is a fabric with two-up and two-down 45-degree diagonal twill weave. It is medium weight fabric and generally made with wool. It has a shiny appearance and can also be made with cotton.

Used in

  • Suits
  • Costumes
  • As linings

Serge
Serge

Sharkskin

A right-hand twill weave fabric often made with wool, generally with two colors (one in warp and one in weft) to give a scaly appearance.

Used in

  • Suitings

Sharkskin
Sharkskin

Single Jersey

A weft-knitted fabric characterized by plain stitches throughout the fabric.

Used in

  • Nightwear
  • Blouses
  • T-shirts

Single Jersey
Single Jersey

Taffeta

A closely woven plain weave fabric, which is made from filament yarns. It has a higher density of warp yarns than weft thus giving the fabric a weft-way rib appearance.

Used in

  • Evening wear
  • Linings

Taffeta
Taffeta

Terry Cloth

It is a woven warp pile fabric having uncut loops on both sides of the fabric, manufactured on a dobby loom.

Used in

  • Towels
  • Robes

Terry Cloth
Terry Cloth

Tweed

A woolen woven fabric made from coarse, irregular yarns, with contrasting warp and weft yarns.

Used in

  • Formal wear
  • Outerwear
  • Jackets
  • Coats

Tweed
Tweed

Velour

A soft closely woven fabric with a short cut-pile formed by raising, or brushing.

Used in

  • Jackets
  • Coats

Velour
Velour

Velvet

A cut-pile fabric, which gives a soft fuzzy appearance.

Used in

  • Furnishings

Velvet
Velvet

Voile

A lightweight plain weave fabric, made from highly fine yarns.

Used in

  • Dresses
  • Blouses

Voile
Voile

Waffle Cloth

Generally made up of cotton, it is a honeycomb weave that is made on dobby loom.

Used in

  • Kitchen Cloth

Waffle Cloth
Waffle Cloth

Whipcord

It is a compact medium weight warp-face twill fabric made usually from wool. It maybe made from cotton or rayon also.

Used in

  • Suits
  • Coats

Whipcord
Whipcord
 
List of Fabrics Discussed in the Article
 
Madras
Matelassé
Muslin
Organdy
Organza
Oxford
Poplin
Rib Jersey
Seersucker
Single Jersey
Taffeta
Tweed
Velour
Velvet
Voile

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