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Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book, Second Edition


The perfect resource for fashion students and designers 

“The perfect handbook for fashion students everywhere, Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book 2e, presents over 120 swatches of fabrics so that one can not only appreciate their aesthetic appeal, but also familiarise themselves with each one’s structure, feel and weight. The book also details information on fibers, basic construction of fabrics, weights, construction, and weave comparison, so you’ll be a textile expert in no time!” HungerTV

This easily navigable resource provides 125 swatches of the most recognized and widely used varieties of fabric. Natural fabrics such as cottons, silks, wools and linens are included, as are artificial and synthetic ones like nylons, polyesters, microfibers, metallics and soya fabrics, and fabrics made from alternative plant fibers like bamboo and hemp. Their properties are explained alongside the swatches, with diagrams and colour photographs of fashion garments to illustrate their behavior.

With information on fibers, basic construction of fabrics, weights, construction, and weave comparison, the book will help student fashion designers to make informed textile choices based upon an understanding of raw materials together with the processes that make up a fabric.

Presented in a sturdy ring–binder folder, Fabric for Fashion: The Swatch Book also includes a section on techniques such as felting, weaving, and knitting as well as practical information on sourcing fabrics, costing and testing them and an invaluable annex on fabric terminology. The book will be useful for anyone who works with fabrics and is the ideal companion to Fabric for Fashion: The Complete Guide, also in its second edition. Written and thoroughly researched by two experts in the field, this book is an indispensable resource and a must–have for students, instructors and professionals alike.


Publisher‏:‎Laurence King Publishing; 2nd edition (November 4, 2014)


Hardcover‏:‎88 pages



Item Weight‏:‎2.27 pounds

Dimensions‏:‎13.55 x 2.2 x 10.1 inches


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