Swimwear Fabric Sourcing
Fabric Sourcing For New Swimwear Brands.
(009). YES. WE ARE OPEN. One of the things that startups find very difficult and time consuming is swimwear fabrics sourcing.
Finding specialist swimwear fabric suppliers who are prepared to provide sample lengths to small new brands can be a nightmare.
Especially as these new brands would just be requiring very small quantities even for their final production runs.
Fabrics In Stock.
We keep in stock a certain amount of basic swimwear fabric just for the purpose of sampling and testing clients designs. Once the samples are made, we can advise on what types of fabrics and hardware can be used for production.
Our Fabric Sourcing Service.
We provide a full swimwear fabric and hardware sourcing service for new brands. You can concentrate on other aspects of your business while we deal with the bits that we know well. Or we can show you how to do the sourcing yourself, through our clothing startup workshops.
Choosing Swimwear Fabrics.
There are a variety of swimwear fabrics with different properties. Often there will be a mixture of fabrics in order to obtain the properties required for a swimwear garment.
It used to be that all swimwear fabric was called Lycra, which is a brand of the generic Elastane (or Spandex as it is known in the USA). But today there are many more varieties and mixtures of fabrics available for swimwear.
Swimwear fabric needs to have a number of properties, depending on its intended use. It needs to be hard wearing, strong but lightweight,chlorine resistant, UV resistant , drag resistant, friction resistant, shrink resistant, quick drying, comfortable, stretchy and easy to print on.
The first thing to determine when choosing a swimwear fabric is whether the garment is to be used for competitive swimming, or for leisure. The next consideration is whether to use two way or four way stretch.
Two way stretch is a fabric that stretches across the grain only, while four way (multi-way) stretch, stretches across and down the grain. Two way stretch is more likely to be used for two piece swimsuits, while four way stretch is more suitable for one piece swimsuits.
The most common fabrics used for swimwear are lycra, Nylon, cotton and Polyester. Swimwear fabrics should normally be made of 100% man-made fabrics as natural fabrics will tend to hold water. Cotton is still used for some fashion swimwear though.
Low moisture absorbency
Extremely strong but lightweight
Not chlorine resistant
Does not hold dye well.
Not very comfortable on its own
Not very chlorine resistant
Does not provide a good fit
Sags after a while
Used more in cheap or fashionable swimwear.
Holds its shape and colour well.
Resists the effects of chlorine.
Soft comfortable fit.
4 way stretch.
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