60C/30C/20C? Revealing Types of Fabric from South Korea
I am Sara SJ and I’m a project-based sewing instructor and sewing YouTuber who also runs my online fabric stores as well.
I am going to talk about different types of Korean fabric in one of my online (and the first one that I started with) fabric store called Dailylike Canada.
I’ve never written a blog before, so I’m quite nervous about it. So I spent some time thinking about which topic would be good for the very FIRST blog post. (SHY)
I made this fabric guide and posted it on each product page to make you easy on your purchase but I kinda thought this couldn’t be enough to figure out what kind of fabrics are useful for your sewing projects.
Let me add some more here.
As we all know, cotton is the most common natural fabric we use for sewing.
Especially Korean cotton are now very popular all around Asia for the best quality and durability.
But 40C/30C/20C could sound strange for you.
When I first visited a fabric store in Vancouver BC, I didn’t see any numbers on Cotton fabrics, so I had to touch and feel the texture of every cotton I liked the design. After that, I’ve visited several stores but couldn’t find any descriptions about how thick the fabrics are. This numbering system might not be international, but people use this in Korea and I learned it’s quite convenient to buy fabrics online.
Those numbers stand for the length of thread spun from 1g cotton, that is, the bigger number means the thinner and softer fabric.
However, I cannot say 60C cotton is always the best because the softness and stiffness should be decided by what kind of item you want to sew.
60C/40C/30C cotton is good for making bedding, apparel like blouses and summer dresses. They are really soft and airy so definitely great for making something that touches the skin.
20C cotton is better for making blankets and kitchen clothes. They are a little thicker than 30C, so they make nice quilting weight fabric.
Quilters usually use 20C and 30C cotton.
I have no experience for the quilt YET, but quilters say 30C cotton is good for hand-sewing. However, recently many quilters use the machine so they are making their choices wide now. Our customers are giving more reviews about our 20C and 30C fabrics and they say our cotton is great for cutting hexagons and perfect for quilting!
I’ll show you the photos that I compared 60C and 20C (for the best comparison) with the same design fabrics.
It’s hard to show their big difference in the photo, but still, you can see the difference in their texture and transparency.
Link to see Dailylike Cotton fabrics!
Linen is a bast fibre, which means the fabric is very strong and durable.
Linen is non-allergic. This makes it an ideal fabric for sensitive skin and is especially good for those with skin conditions such as allergies and eczema because it has a natural pH balance.
Linen fabric breathes, in hot weather, linen keeps cool by absorbing moisture and deflecting heat, while in cool weather it retains body heat. It can absorb up to 20% or more of its own weight in moisture, while still feeling dry to the touch. Linen also absorbs moisture rapidly. The characteristics that linen looks sleek and has good ventilation and absorption make its use wide such as summer clothes, kitchen clothes.
Linen is eco-friendly as well!. It comes from flax and every part of the plant is used. The linen production process is sustainable and does not cause any harm to nature.
Over time, linen becomes softer and even more comfortable. Linen resists wear and tear much better than other fibres, so it will last.
This is why more and more people become big fans of linen fabrics 🙂
Link to see Dailylike Linen fabrics!
OXFORD / CANVAS
Oxford and Canvas could be also Cotton.
Dailylike Oxford and Canvas fabrics are all made of 100% Cotton.
Usually, these fabrics are spun from other non-natural thicker threads or a combination of cotton and something else to make them their own textures.
No matter what, Oxford and Canvas are thick and stiff so they are perfect for items that require more sturdy weight fabrics like pouches, bags and other home accessories.
I have made a pencil skirt with oxford fabrics for myself and I liked the thicker texture to make the shape persisted even though I repeat sitting and standing.
And I enjoy making kitchen stuff such as kitchen gloves and table mats since oxford fabric has really good durability that they don’t get worn easily with daily washing.
Link to see Dailylike Cotton Oxford fabrics!
Canvas is stronger, thicker, stiffer, heavier than Oxford fabric. It was perfect for making plant pot pouches.
Link to see Dailylike Cotton Canvas fabrics!
Okay, this is it for now.
I really hope this post helps you a bit.
I am writing based on what I’ve learned and what I’ve experienced so I can help more sewing lovers just like myself 🙂
Further questions or subjects you want to read, please leave me comments!
Thank you so much for reading!
See you on the next post!