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Fabric 101: Double Cloth and Double Face Fabrics

Double cloth fabrics are double-faced.
Double face fabrics are really single, not double.

The terms double cloth and double face cause a lot of confusion for home sewers. Here’s the story: Double cloth and double face both indicate a fabric that’s reversible or having two right sides. But the way each is woven is quite different.

Double-cloth fabrics are made of two fabrics threaded or fused together to form a thicker and more substantial fabric. You can actually take the fabric edge and peel apart the two fabrics. This allows you to create beautiful garments that are completely reversible, with no lining necessary.  Many types of wools and cottons can be made into double cloth, and in all sorts of combinations—like contrasting solids, or a smooth surface with a napped surface. Double-cloth cashmere is one of the most luxurious fabrics around and deserves careful planning and slow, thoughtful sewing.

Mood Fabrics 101: Double cloth fabric is when threads join two fabrics into one fabric.

Here you can see the threads that join two pieces of fabric into one double-cloth fabric.

Ralph Rucci double cloth coat.

A designer well-known for his double-cloth coats and jackets is Ralph Rucci, whose double-cloth garments look as elegant on the inside as they do on the outside. Fall 2103 collection.

Double-faced fabrics are also fabrics where either side can be used, but unlike double cloth, these fabrics have only one layer of fabric and cannot be separated. The types of double-faced fabrics are endless and are found in the wool, silk, cotton and knit departments, and at all price points. (Quality double-cloth fabrics tend to be on the more expensive side.) At Mood we love an attractive double-faced fabric, because it offers our customers so many design options when they have two sides of fabric to work from: Satin or matte side? Print or solid side? Jacquard or reverse jacquard? Think about incorporating a little or a lot of the contrasting side into your garment for a designer touch.

Double-faced satin from Mood Fabrics.

A beautiful double-faced satin in Chinese red and mint green.

The difference between double cloth and double-faced fabrics. This is double- faced wool.

Double-faced, wool-blend polka dots, from Mood NYC.

Poly double-faced print fabric from Mood Fabrics.

A polyester print double-faced fabric, with a large floral on one side and a smaller floral on the other.

What fabrics confuse you? We plan on posting more Fabric 101s here, so leave a comment and let us know!

4 Responses to “ Fabric 101: Double Cloth and Double Face Fabrics ”

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  2. Denese Rumbaugh

    Thank you so much. I now am smarter then I was before. I take a sewing class at Cypress College on sewing and the teacher talked about a skirt she wore from double sided fabric but I would have liked it had she shared the different fabric types and stated which was hers. I reserve the right to post again when I can think of a 101 I would like to see, lol. Thanks again.

    1208 days ago   |   Reply
  3. Anna Kyle

    Can you share tips on how to work with knits that unravel easily?
    Anna Kyle

    1209 days ago   |   Reply
    • Meg at Mood

      Ack! Run?! But good suggestion for a future Fabric 101 post. Thanks!

      1209 days ago   |   Reply

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