Cotton, Polyester and Rayon

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Cotton, Polyester and Rayon

Starting a web haberdashery can be a blast! But, it’s not as simple as you'd think. Among the various choices you've got to choose from, deciding which sorts of fabric to use for your products is one among the most important ones.

If you’re just beginning, you would possibly be tempted to use the most cost effective canvas for your designs. But, don’t rush to decisions. Believe your audience and the way you’re presenting your brand. Don’t forget that the material of your garments has to go well, not only with your chosen niche, but with your designs too. 

Every apparel retailer should be conversant in three, primary fabric types: cotton, polyester, and blended fabrics. Throughout some of these blog posts, we’ll be taking a hard look at each of them to assist you in choosing which fabrics make the most sense for you.

Let's get started with cotton and polyester fabric blends.

Cotton Polyester vs Polyester Fabric Blends

What’s your fabric of choice? Cotton. Cotton is by far the most produced natural fiber on the earth. As a cloth, it’s known for its comfort and sturdiness, which makes it the most popular fabric utilized in common clothing. For comfort and durability, cotton is definitely a versatile fiber which can be woven or knitted into many various fabrics like denim, flannel and a damn sight more. Each of which, of course, features a slightly different feel and breaks down a little differently.


All cotton fabrics are soft, and breathable, which makes them perfect for warm climates and weather, and for people with sensitive skin. Lastly, cotton isn’t clingy. So if you don’t want, to sell form-fitting clothes on your store and like a looser fit, choose cotton. But, don't forget, 100% cotton dries slowly. So, it’s probably not ideal for active wear.

Reboston's suppliers only use high-quality cotton. This makes many of our products less susceptible to accidental rips or tears. However, cotton isn’t as durable as polyester or cotton-polyester blends.

Just like most natural materials, it can shrink when subjected to high temperatures. So, when washing a cotton shirt, use cold water and avoid adding an excessive amount of detergent. Doing so can affect the longevity of the fabric. Choose delicate cycle setting on your washer to stop color fading.


Polyester is a synthetic fiber that's synthesized from petroleum-based products. Polyester cloth was invented in 1941. So, when standing next to cotton, this fabric is the new kid at school. But, despite that, polyester has boomed into the clothing industry. Polyester is particularly valued by those that are trying to find a cloth that withstands tons of use and mechanical washing cycles (workout clothes).

Polyester is lightweight and features a slightly "silkier" feel than cotton does. It's also perfect for sports. Apparel made up of polyester traps the sweat against the skin. This would make you think that polyester shirts might feel slightly clammy in warm weather, but warm to cooler weather. Polyester shirts are usually light and thin, and that they tend to hug the skin, when worn.

For those with extremely sensitive skin, polyester may cause little irritation. But, it isn’t as common as when polyester is mixed with other fabrics.

Is polyester stretchy? Yes, polyester stretches naturally to conform the person wearing it. Polyester doesn’t naturally shrink and 100% polyester won’t lose its shape even after a whole shitload of wash cycles. And, it snaps back into shape, pretty quickly.

It’s recommended to machine wash polyester garments in warm water, with all-purpose detergent. Then follow up with tumble-dry, at a low-temperature setting.

Cotton-Polyester Blends (Poly Cotton)

If you can’t decide between cotton or polyester, go ahead and combine the simplest of both and choose a cotton polyester blend.

The cotton-polyester blend is flexible and you'll find it everywhere. Because, polyester doesn’t shrink or change form like cotton does, this blend is simpler to scrub and dry. And, because of the cotton component within the blend, garments made up of cotton-polyester are more breathable (as compared to 100% polyester products).


Rayon clothing are made from a semi-synthetic fiber that mixes just the proper amount of polyester, cotton and rayon. Apparel made up of this fabric is soft and stretchy, yet extremely durable. This famous tri-blend makes it the perfect fabric for loose fit apparel. And it is loved for it's clingy feel.

Due to the looser weave and combination of materials, triple blends tend to have a so-called "vintage" feel. This is because you can usually see the weave through ink. For our money, if you're going for comfort and style, you cannot lose out with rayon.

Reboston's "Racerback" tank tops are made from rayon blends.


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