I am a beginner in sewing and I've come across the terms 'mercerized' and 'unmercerized' cotton fabric. I would like to know more about the difference between these two types of fabric. I've read that mercerized cotton is treated with a chemical process that makes it stronger, gives it more luster and makes it more receptive to dye. On the other hand, unmercerized cotton is softer and more breathable compared to mercerized cotton.
I am planning to start a new project and I am confused as to which type of cotton fabric I should use. Can someone please explain to me the pros and cons of using each type of cotton fabric? Which one is more suitable for everyday wear? Which one is best for a summer dress? Any tips and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance!