The many examples of cotton fabrics
Cotton is one of the most ubiquitous fibers used in fabric due to its affordability and versatility. Since it is a breathable, natural fiber it is also the most popular fiber used for fashion fabric.
Terry toweling: This is the fabric covered in tiny loops that most of your towels are made from. Since they are soft and absorbent, cotton is an obvious choice.
Flannel: Most commonly found in those pyjama sets that you snuggle into during winter. It has a brushed surface so the fibers aren’t smooth but slightly fluffy.
Denim: Also known as ‘jean’ material. It’s thick and usually mix of blue and white. If you look closely there is a special weave known as ’twill’ that looks like diagonal lines.
Drill: again the special twill weave that has the diagonal pattern. This is fabric doesn’t always have to be blue but it is a weightier fabric and good for clothes that need to withstand a bit of action and hold shape like a fireman’s uniform.
Calico: That off-white, stiff, thick fabric that is used for shopping bags due to its sturdy nature. Cheap and easy to work with since it holds its shape well.
Quilters cotton: Abundant in craft and fabric stores, this is slightly sturdier than other apparel fabrics but can be used for craft, clothing and of course quilting. It is available in a wide range of colours, prints and patterns.
Lawn: Delicate, thin, silky-feel fabric. This if often used for those summer dresses or blouses because it feels nice to wear, breathes well and drapes beautifully.
Voile: Another delicate, soft-feel, semi transparent (think ‘veil’) fabric that is a bit like chiffon. Since it is like a veil it can be used for sheer curtains as well as in a layered dress.
Jersey: The cotton threads are knitted together instead of woven which gives the fabric a different sort of density as well as some stretch. This helps to reduce the wrinkles that cotton is famous for. A lot of t-shirts use 100% cotton jersey.
Cotton is also commonly mixed with other fibres both synthetic and natural to give it other qualities like stretch, strength, shine or silky-feel. Have a look at your clothing tags and see the variety.