There is more to the design of a fabric than you might think. As a textile designer you should have both the technical knowledge and a creative side. It's not just about how it looks but how it feels. The "hand" is very important as well. The construction and content at which a fabric is created determines how the fabric functions and looks. A basic shirt construction is about 120 (ends/warp) per inch by 80 (picks/fill) per inch. Basic yarns used range from 40 single to an 80's double. Higher end shirts have much higher constructions and smaller (finer) yarns. All of this leads to higher cost and a better hand.
Sport shirts typically use bright colors and patterns along with different type of yarns like heather's and jasper’s. Jacquards and mixed dobbies can be used to give the fabric that extra something that makes it unique.
Mini-bodies and texture mapping are a great way to sell an idea and get a true visual of what the garment will look like. It also saves money, by putting a CAD in a body you don't need to create a sample until you have the right design.
Christopher J. Cec
I am veteran apparel and graphic designer whose career spans more than a decade and crosses numerous design disciplines including textile design. I hold a Bachelors of Design & Merchandising from Colorado State University one of the nation’s highest ranked fashion design and merchandising programs. www.news.colostate.edu