Fabrics & Care

♥ Bamboo and Modal ♥

We work with several different rayon jersey blends. Rayon (also known as Viscose) is made from a variety of plant fibre sources, including grasses, reeds, and trees. Bamboo Rayon is specifically made from bamboo, while Modal is specifically made from beech trees.

Rayon dyes more easily than cotton, allowing for deep, saturated colours and minimal fading. It drapes beautifully and has a silky sheen. Although it's technically a manufactured fibre, it breathes and feels like a natural fibre against the skin.

The everyday Bamboo blend we currently use has an added cotton content of 28%. The cotton content adds body (thickness and weight) and lessens drape and sheen. It also makes some colours a little softer.  Generally, we recommend this blend for casual bottoms (pants, shorts, leggings) and for single layer garments. It's less revealing than the Modal blend, and it's more durable.

The Modal blend has a subtle silky sheen that makes it the dressier option. It's incredibly soft and whisper-light against the skin. Do keep in mind that it is a more delicate fabric, and abrasion can cause the fibres to fluff up (purse straps and seatbelts are the usual culprits).

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French Terry

The same fibre content of our everyday Bamboo blend in a heavier, cozier weight. French terry has tiny, delicate loops on its underside, rather than fleece. Don't think towels! Think - soft inner layer that doesn't pill after the first wash. Great for pants, as it's better at disguising underwear lines. For garments that work in this fabric, check out this section.

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♥ Merino ♥

Merino is a specific type of wool, known for its fine fibres and smaller scales. It's soft to the touch and not at all itchy, even to those who are normally sensitive to wool.  Worn against the skin it has an amazing capacity for regulating body temperature - it warms the wearer without overheating. Like most wool types, it wicks moisture away from the skin and has antibacterial properties.

This makes it the perfect fibre to wear for athletic workouts, outdoor pursuits, travel, and office wear.  It's lightweight, durable, breathable, resistant to odor, easily washable, and quick to dry. It's also completely biodegradable.

The superfine Merino jersey we use is 100% wool, with no spandex content. This makes it behave a little differently than our other jerseys. It relaxes significantly while wearing, and we compensate for this when we size your garment. This means that your garments will feel quite snug when you first put them on. Don't panic!

For garments that work in this fabric, check out this section.

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♥ Merino Blend ♥

 

Coming soon! For garments that work in this fabric, check out this section

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♥ Sweater Knit ♥ 

Our gorgeously soft and drapey sweater knit fabric is made of natural fibres with just a touch of spandex. A luxe, cozy look that won't cause you to overheat and the perfect alternative for those sensitive to wool. For garments that work in this fabric, see this section.

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Linen ♥ 

Linen jersey is nubby, very lightweight and slightly sheer, and it drapes and clings beautifully. It wrinkles when packed, but the wrinkles fall out readily with the heat of your body. It relaxes significantly with wear, so it's best suited to draped designs. Like our merino jersey, this is spandex-free.

For garments that work in this fabric, check out this section.

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♥ Fabric Care Instructions ♥

Use a small amount of a delicate wool wash (Eucalan or Soak), rather than regular detergent. Wash by hand or on the delicate cycle, separately and inside out. Use a mesh bag in top-loading machines. For stain removal, we get good results using Shout - spray on a generous amount (no rubbing!), let sit overnight or longer, then wash as usual.

To dry, lay garments over a drying rack or shower rail. Distribute the weight evenly and do not use hangers. Bamboo and modal are sensitive to abrasion - if you want them to look their best, do NOT put them in the dryer. 

For merino and linen, extend the life of your garment by washing it less often. Spot washing is often all that’s needed. A light steam from the shower and a 24 hr rest period between wearings will refresh the fibres and allow them to bounce back into shape. If distortion or twisting occurs after washing, dry on low to medium heat in the dryer and remove while still damp.  An occasional trip through the dryer helps retain shape. If shrinkage occurs, gently reshape while damp.

Wrinkles from packing or folding will fall out naturally while wearing.  For faster results, lightly steam the garment, without touching the fabric directly.