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Understanding Fabrics: Fabric Construction

Understanding Fabrics: Fabric Construction

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Janet Wilson


For any career in fashion an understanding of fabrics is a must. This fabric construction course looks at how the construction of different fabrics helps to determine their characteristics, quality and cost. You will gain an understanding of the production processes of weaving and knitting, including dobby and jacquard weaving and weft and warp knitting and the related terminology will be explained.  This will give you the knowledge you need to grow your own creativity and explore the different uses of a wider variety of fabrics.

The basic weave and knit structures will be examined and a wide range of yarns and fabrics, including woven, knitted and non-woven fabric constructions will be available for you to study and experiment with.

Please note: our Understanding Fabrics courses are part of a series. We recommend you take the courses in the following order or have existing knowledge to the same level before progressing to the next course:

1. Understanding Fabrics: Fibres and Fabrics 
2. Understanding Fabrics: Fabric Construction 
3. Understanding Fabrics: Colouring and Finishing Fabrics
4. Understanding Fabrics: Fabric Testing and Quality


Beginners/Intermediate. This course is suitable for anyone who needs a more detailed understanding of fabrics.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Janet Wilson, CTextFTI, has been a lecturer in the UK for over 25 years, teaching training courses for the clothing and retail industry. She has worked as a textile designer in the UK and Switzerland and specialises in the subjects of: woven fabrics, warp-knitted fabrics, weft-knitted fabrics, printed and dyed textiles, textile finishing, textile fibres and textile testing and quality. Janet is the author of Classic and Modern Fabrics: The Complete Illustrated Sourcebook, published in 2010. She continues to design fabrics on a freelance basis and is a member of the Textile Institute.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Notepad and pen

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