Fabrics are classified according to their composition and the way they are made. The most common types are ‘cotton’ and ‘jersey’.
Cotton mostly refers to woven cotton. Woven fabrics usually do not stretch. Within ‘cotton’ you have thick coarsely woven cloth, used for curtains, cushions and other decoration purposes. On the other hand there is also lightweight cotton fabric with a very soft feel, these are usually more expensive but to make clothes (dresses, skirts, shirts) these are more comfortable to wear.
Jersey, also known as tricot, expresses the way the fabric is made. The thread is knitted, which makes the fabric more elastic (stretch). It can be made of cotton, wool or synthetic fibers. Often it is a combination of two materials, such as 95% cotton and 5 % elastane, which improves the cloth’s elasticity. Jersey is used in T-shirts and leggings.