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The Fabric Chronicles: Clothing Labels

The Fabric Chronicles: Clothing Labels

The Fabric Chronicles – Part Deux

Whether you’re a self-professed seamstress or a consumer, we all have clothes in common.  Most people know what feels good against their skin, but not many folks know what’s beyond the fabric labels of the clothes they wear.

What’s in a fabric label?

If you like to sew and sometimes want to venture away from sewing patterns, OR if you need some help understanding the types of fabrics mentioned in the pattern instructions, you’ll want to know more about what you’ll be working with.  Even if you’re admirer of fashion, this info will help you, the next time you approach your seamstress about making you something custom!

I decided to grab a few things from my closet and dive a little deeper into the type of fabric my clothes are made of.

Forenza Flowered Top

I got this store from The Limited, I believe… circa 2010 (?).  This top is layered with a sheer fabric on top and lined with a silky fabric.

Forenza Flowered Top TagThe clothing label says this top is 100% polyester for the shell (outside layer) and the lining….  But if the lining is different from the shell, then how can they both be the same type of fabric??

Polyester actually comes in many different textures, consistencies, thickness etc.  Some polyester blends have a cotton/knit base, while others are made with a rayon.

I think this top is a chiffon as the shell and silk/cotton/poly blend in the lining.

Thrift Store Skirt

This skirt is one of my Thrift Store Finds!  It’s too cute!  I haven’t worn it yet, but will Fall right about the corner, I see it in my near future.

Check out the texture…

Thrift Store Skirt

Here’s the label…

Thrift Store Skirt Tag

Polyester + Cotton.  OKAYYYY……

The texture is definitely a boucle fabric.  Not polyester…………

Old Navy Skirt

This skirt I actually got from my trip to the thrift store to.  The previous owner got it from Old Navy.

Old Navy Skirt TagThe good ol’ 100% cotton tag.  That says a lot, doesn’t it?!

This A-line skirt has no stretch to it, no bounce, no…. nothing.  It’s a linen.

Marshal's Stretchy Top

This dress/tunic, I got from Marshall’s!  I haven’t worn it yet.

Marshal's Stretchy Top

Check out the STRETCH!!

Here’s the tag…

Marshall's Stretchy Top Tag

Rayon + Spandex.  Super comfy fabric!! Seems accurate.

Because of the amount of stretch, both up/down + left/right stretch, this is most likely categorized as “4 way stretch knit” on your commercial pattern instructions.

I think this clothing label is spot on.

Cute Boutique Top

I found this cute top at a local boutique here in Dallas.  It’s sheer, super light weight and I usually wear a cami underneath..

Cute Boutique Top Tag

This is yet another 100% Polyester label….

Because of its sheer consistency and no stretch, I think this is a chiffon blend.

One more top!

Kohl's Sweater

I got this sweater from Kohl’s (in a bigger size than I needed…. on purpose.  I like my sweaters to be comfy!)

Anywho, you can’t tell by the pic, but this sweater is SO soft.  The label is Vera Wang (LOVE her work!)

Here’s the tag…

Kohl's Sweater Tag

Polyester + Rayon.

Rayon – yes (stretch).  I think it should be more rayon than poly, with a hint of cashmere… But this would be compared to a “2 way stretch knit” in your commercial pattern instructions.

Need a breakdown of the different types of knits?  Check out this post from another DIY Blogger that I found to be pretty helpful!

I was surprised to see so many “polyester” tags in my closet!  Clearly, clothing label companies should put a little more thought into these labels….

I hope this was helpful for those of you wanting to learn more about fabrics 🙂

Stay tuned for more from The Fabric Chronicles!

Until Next Time,

Xoxo 🙂



  1. TColeman
    August 8, 2015 / 3:01 AM

    Great info!!

    • afashionaddict
      August 8, 2015 / 8:41 PM

      Thank you!!

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