Intimate Apparel Textiles, Trims & Workmanship Terms

Intimate Apparel Textiles, Trims & Workmanship Terms

Intimate Apparel Textiles, Trims & Workmanship Terms

In this lesson, you’ll learn about the core intimate fabric types and their respective sub-category that are broadly used in the industry, the different trims and materials needed for garments construction within this commodity and identifying different key workmanship standards that are used broadly within the fashion industry. You will then be able to use this knowledge as a guideline as you are researching and brainstorming fabrics, building your collection, sewing your garment or designing your next key piece.

Module Description Step
1 Intimate Apparel Textiles 1-21
2 Trims and Materials 1-10
3 Workmanship Terms 1-8
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MODULE 1 • Intimate Apparel Textiles

Step Description
1 The first fabric we will learn about is Bamboo.

There are three main types of bamboo fabric:

  • Bamboo viscose, which is a type of bamboo fabric nearly identical to other types of viscose
  • Lyocell-type bamboo fabric, which is similar to viscose, but is made with a closed-loop production method
  • and mechanically-produced fine bamboo fiber, which is the only option that can be considered real bamboo fabric.
2 Bamboo has notable beneficial attributes. It is highly breathable, and it is also stretchier than cotton. It’s easy to weave this fabric into fabrics with high thread counts. Due to its softness and durability, this fabric is most used in garments that make direct contact with the skin such as underwear, socks and t-shirts. In general, this fabric is a great substitute for any garments in which cotton is used. In its raw form, Bamboo is widely known for its antibacterial properties. However, this type of wood tends to lose its benefits after it has been processed into garments.  It is possible to have bamboo fabric that has been produced with mechanical means that are certified as organic and cultivated in a sustainable and economically ethical environment.
3 Next, there’s Charmeuse. It is a soft, shiny, lightweight fabric that is a bit heavier than other types of silk. Though originally made from silk, it is also available in polyester and rayon and much more affordable. The floating surface threads give it a luxurious sheen and is ideal for drapey styles.

There are four important types of Charmeuses often use on the market:

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