How to read our fabric descriptions
To get an idea of what a fabric feels like, looks like and acts like without actually touching it we have added extensive information about all the fabrics on our webpage. This information may be hard to comprehend, but we will try to guide you to choosing the right fabric for your shirt.
Below we will explain the different terms used in our information.
A fabric can be made of many different materials and for shirts cotton is the most common. However, cotton comes in a variety of qualities depending on the plant, where it is grown, etc. The main quality of cotton is measured in fibre, or staple, length. The longer the staple, the better, smoother and more comfortable the fabric becomes. The different cottons used in fabrics available from Tailor Store are as follows:
To present correct colours on a computer screen is very difficult and most screens differ substantially from each other. For example, a colour that appears brown on one screen might appear olive green on another. When producing pictures of our fabrics, we use special colour-calibrated equipment to make the colours look as life-like as possible. If you are still uncertain of a colour we suggest you order a sample to make sure you get a fabric that suits you.
|100% Cotton||15-40 mm||Fabrics marked as 100% Cotton may contain fibers from different breeds of the cotton plant. Therefore, the staple length shown here is approximate.|
|100% Premium cotton||35 mm||Pima cotton is high quality long staple cotton mostly grown in the USA, Australia and Peru.|
|100% Egyptian cotton||40 mm||Egyptian cotton is probably one of the most well-known cottons in the world. Known for its long staples and superior quality the Egyptian cotton is a premier choice for your shirts.|
Fabrics are woven with many different weaving techniques. We have distinguished some of the more important ones and categorised our fabrics accordingly.
|Plain||Plain weaves are the most simple of all the weaves. Same size warp and weft threads are woven together one by one.|
|Poplin||Poplin is a tightly woven fabric that, like the plain weaves, is constructed with equal size warp and weft threads. The difference from a plain weave is that the poplin warp yarns are much more tightly packed, often double that of the weft yarns.|
|Oxford||Oxford is often a heavier cloth than poplin, a soft durable fabric woven in a basket weave with two warp yarns in parallel and one heavier softly-spun bulky filling yarn. When made with a dyed warp and white weft, it is called oxford chambray.|
|Pinpoint||Pinpoint, or Pinpoint Oxford, is a variation of the oxford cloth. The yarns are finer making it a subtle mix of poplin and oxford.|
|Fil-a-fil||Fil-a-fil fabric is woven with threads in two different colours giving it an irregular effect. It is a thin and comfortable material suitable for solid colour shirts.|
|Twill||Twill is a weaving method that creates a diagonal pattern in the fabric. These fabrics are more wrinkle resistant than plain weaves and are also more durable.|
|Herringbone||Herringbone is a variation of the Twill weave, the only difference being that the pattern produced resembles the bones of a fish.|
|Dobby weave||A dobby weave is usually an advanced construction to produce a texture in the fabric. Often dobby weaves contain multiple yarn sizes and weaving techniques, for example small twill stripes on a plain weave or a zig-zag pattern.|