Stretch fabric is applied for a wide range of clothing, such as dresses, skirts, cardigans, shirts, blouses, and tops, where you need your cloth to fit your shape best. What makes it special, is the inclusion of elastane (a.k.a. lycra or spandex) in its content, which results in the particular plasticity of these textiles.
They come in various types of fibre, weave, and design, as silk, cotton, viscose, and wool are all tolerant to elastane.
How to Select?
Stretch fabrics can be devided into the 2-way (sometimes referred to as the 1-way), and 4-way ones. What is this metric about?
The 2-way stretch fabrics are elastic only in warp or weft － width- or lengtwise, and tend to extend in the range of some 15-30%. They provide decent comfort in wearing, however, beware using them for activewear.
The 4-way stretch textiles extend in both directions, which makes them more preferrable for participating in various activities where your movements won’t be limited by clothing. They can be stretched much more, on the scale from 30% to whopping 200%. In a fashion segment, they are often represented with jersey knit fabrics.
The collection of stretch fabrics at Tissura is extremely diverse, as it comprises hundreds of fabrics varying by their composition, types of weave, and design: patterned and solid, airy and heavyweight, smooth and pebbly, matt and glossy, pastel and vivid… The options are endless!