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Does a heavier fabric weight mean it will last longer?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by fritz1970, May 8, 2013.

  1. fritz1970

    fritz1970 Member

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    Mar 24, 2013
    Hey everyone,

    I have bought some fabric from an English company described as follows:

    10 oz luxury worsted, 98% 3-ply merino wool with 2% cashmere.

    I am wondering - does the weight mean it will last longer. i.e. will a 10 oz fabric last longer than an 8 oz fabric for example?

    Does the above fabric sound like it would be a fairly hard-wearing, long-lasting fabric? (is the correct term 'hardy'?)

    Thanks for your input.

  2. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Nov 20, 2006
    Chicago, IL

    Hard to tell. In my experience, cashmere blends can be lovely to wear but tend to be less hardy than all wool. All else being the same (this is key), I've found heavier fabrics tend to be more durable and tend to last longer. Having said that, some mills produce better quality fabrics than others. Generally, fabrics with higher supers counts tend to be finer but also less hardy. I'd think a 10 ounce fabric will probably last longer than an 8 ounce fabric from the same mill with the same supers count (or other metric measuring how fine the fibers are).

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