Today I wanted to share a short video tackling a question that I’m sure is on a lot of your minds when you browse through the shop looking at the different types of straps available: Are they different? What’s the difference? Do they all feel the same? The answer is: YES! They’re different. And today’s video will share how they’re different, and how that affects how they feel when you wear them.
Please note: My apologies for the splotchy face. It’s not serious or catchy, but it is itchy! I’m happy to have found a great dermatologist that’s helping me treat it. I almost didn’t film the video, but figured, I’d rather share the information with you! Life keeps moving, splotchy face or no. Ha!
We generally have straps made from four types of fabric, with just a few that lie outside of that that I can share, too.
Let’s start here:
100% PIMA cotton: that’s fabric that’s woven super fine with high thread count to have what people in the industry call a “soft touch, beautiful hand and drape”. This refers how it feels when you run your hand over it. I like to think of it like a favorite blouse from a shop like Ann Taylor or J. Crew – just enough to give the fabric a bit of structure, but soft on my neck – comfortable and stylish for everyday, or even if I’m dressing up a bit.
100% quilting cotton: This fabric is 100% cotton, but slightly thicker and heavier. They’re great for everyday wear, and you can see from the sample I share that a lot of them feature fun metallic screen printing! Even though the PIMA cotton above is also classified as a “quilting fabric”, it tends to feel more like fabric intended for garments, so I felt I should clarify the difference.
100% Rayon: soft, silky feeling, a flow-y feeling fabric that’s made from plant cellulose. Cotton and Steel has a great post describing it here. The post describes it this way:
“Rayon starts out as plant cellulose. It undergoes a series of chemical processes that essentially break the cellulose down into a solution. The solution is then extruded (pushed through tiny holes) into another solution that causes it to turn into fibers. The fibers are collected, trimmed and spun into thread.
Rayon fibers are extremely absorbent because of their plant cell makeup. That’s why rayon fabric feels stiff when it’s wet – it absorbs so much water that the fibers become less flexible. Because of this quality, they respond very well to ink and dye. A deeper level of saturation is possible than on cotton, so it’s always extra fun to see our designs printed on rayon.”
Chiffon: A few of the scarf straps in the shop are made from chiffon. Great for formal occasions, and with a bit of a dressier look, a lot of formal scarves and shawls are made from chiffon, it’s see through and wispy.
That’s where my video cut off! I only really had a couple more remarks after that, but be sure that if you have questions, please ask! I’m an open book, and want you to get what you’re looking for. You can post your questions in the comments here, or use the contact form to submit them to my email inbox.