POPLIN, BROADCLOTH, OXFORD CLOTH ETC - WHATS THE DIFFERNCE?
Knowing your fabrics comes in very useful when getting a tailored shirt custom made. The differences affect several things such as, breath ability, wrinkle or wrinkle free, weight, stretch and the general look of the shirt. See our list of fabric variations below that will hopefully help you make more informed choices upon your next visit to the tailor.
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1. Poplin Fabric
The poplin fabric is soft and comfortable, which is why it’s often used to make casual shirts. It has a smoother texture and a tightly knitted weave that lends it some extra luster. Poplin is woven with a thicker weft yarn that results in a durable material but makes it soft to the touch at the same time. Poplin is a versatile fabric that is easy to sew with, holds colors well, and does not wrinkle or stain easily.
2. Broadcloth Fabric
The weave of broadcloth fabric is similar to poplin, but the weave is more dense and the fabric is smooth. Today, however, it is a common option to create regular wear shirts and dresses. This versatile fabric features a simple weave type and is not very shiny. They are available in plenty of different thread counts.
3. Oxford Fabric
The Oxford fabric is a popular shirting fabric that is used to make shirts and dresses that are sporty yet casual. Although it is a coarse and thick material, it is comfortable and soft. Available in various qualities like pinpoint oxford, that is woven from a fine yarn, and royal oxford that is even finer, this fabric is durable and naturally resistant to wrinkles. Usually found in the basket weave pattern, a shirt made from the oxford fabric is a wardrobe essential.
4. Twill Fabric
The weaving pattern in case of twill is a series of diagonal parallel ribs. Twill fabric is used to make upholstery and sturdy work clothing because of its uneven surface. Another variation of the common Twill weave is the Herringbone. It is characterized by a distinctive V shape weave that lends it a unique pattern. Twill fabrics have a sturdy texture and drape better than plain fabrics. Higher-count twills are more durable and are crease-resistant too. Cotton, Denim, Drill, and Gabardine are types of twill fabric.
5. End-On-End Fabric
An end-on-end fabric is a light and smooth material that is made by a one-to-one weave. It is very similar to Poplin but uses a white colored thread with a dark one to create a subtle checkered effect. This type of fabric is used mainly for making shirts incorporating a stripe pattern.
6. Formal Shirt Fabrics
The most common and the best fabric that can be used to make a formal shirt is the crisp white cotton fabric. It has a rich woven texture, something that is hard to find in other fabrics. Pair your formal white shirt with a black tie and formal shoes, and you are good to go.
7. Pure Cotton Shirt Fabrics
Pure cotton fabrics are soft and breathable, good conductors of heat, and make for an exceptional wear. They can be worn in both hot and cold climates.
8. Blended Fabric
Blended fabrics are wrinkle resistant, less expensive, and let you stay warm. They are commonly available.
All fabrics, except pure cotton, can be found in polyester or cotton blends. As mentioned above, blend fabrics usually have two more fabrics blended in different ratios, while pure cotton fabric is only made of cotton.
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