Swatch Reference Guide for Fashion Fabrics

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-11-05
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books

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Using simple, direct language, Swatch Reference Guide to Fashion Fabrics, 2nd Edition is an all-in-one text and swatch book intended for both students of textile science and for anyone in the fashion industry: product developers, stylists, buyers, designers, and more. One of the essential components of the swatch book is the presentation of fabric samples and all pertinent information regarding fabric identification on the same page.

Preprinted mounting boards for each fabric sample include: Fabric Name, Fiber Content, Yarn Construction, Count, Coloration, Finishes, Weight, and List of Characteristics. End of chapter activities help readers organize and classify information--plus an included pick glass lets users examine and magnify fabrics. Through the text and swatches, readers will learn the inherent performance properties and construction of fibers and yarns. This invaluable reference brings together a wide variety of information into one volume, enabling users to spend less time trying to connect the dots and more time applying the concepts.

Author Biography

Deborah E. Young, MFA, is an Assistant Chair of the Textile Science Department at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles. She is responsible for textile curriculum development in the areas of fashion, product development, merchandise marketing, and apparel manufacturing. Her curriculum focuses on the practical application of textiles for the fashion industry at large. The approach features new teaching methodologies that include a rigorous program of learner-centered activities designed to stimulate student participation and increase comprehension and retention. As an award-winning textile artist, she has developed specialized textile processes to achieve her vision. These unique textiles have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is a member of the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) and American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC).

Table of Contents

The Textile Cycle: From Fiber to Fashion
Fiber Classification: Natural Fibers
Fiber Classification: Manufactured Fibers
Fiber Classification:Synthetic Fibers
Yarn Classification
Plain Weaves
Plain Weave Variations: Basket and Rib Weaves
Twill Weaves
Satin Weaves
Pile Weaves
Complex Weaves
Knit Fabrics
Specialty Weft Knits
Warp Knits
Minor Fabrications
Dyed and Printed Fabrics
Fabrics Defined by Finishes
Quick Reference Guide Tables
Swatch Boards

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