Jeans, especially your favourite skinny pair, fits snugly, supports in all the right places and gives you the confidence that even a designer gown can’t. When you find the perfect pair, you swear you would wear only that for a lifetime and wish that it would last forever…but…the inevitable happens– after a couple of washes, the once snug fit becomes unshapely, the once superior support feels more like a burden to carry on your legs and, naturally, the confidence turns to despair and even flannel pyjamas appeal to you more than your once __ jeans. You know why?
It’s because the cotton elastane yarn in the fabric of your jeans has given up.
If it isn’t high quality yarn, it is likely to give way after a couple of washes. Cotton is known to loose shape on washing which is why it is suggested to either purchase pre-washed cotton denims or, if you’re buying stretch denims, look for a slightly higher percentage of elastane, more commonly known as spandex, in your jeans. Why?
Elastane is known for its elasticity retention properties. If the Cotton Elastane Yarn in your jeans is a blend of high quality spandex which is more than 3 percent of the total composition, the jeans are likely to retain their shape, wash after wash and withstand some serious wear and tear.
So the next time you go out hunting for a new pair of jeans hoping they’d last longer than the previous pair, just take a look at the label for a higher percentage of spandex. Let better cotton elastane yarn come to your rescue!
If you haven’t discovered Poly Spandex yet, you are definitely missing out on the best trend this season. Bright, stretchy, shiny and sporty garments are the new flavour for this season because guess what, nothing stuns more than vintage retro attire that is modified to fit your contemporary tastes.
Patterned leggings: stripes, stars, hearts, animal prints or graphics, patterned leggings are a rage this season. Shiny or matt, both work and look fabulous. Team it up with basic poly spandex tops or mix and match the patterns to stand out in a crowd.
Full sleeve tops: whether patterned or basic, full sleeve spandex tops can turn your entire look around so say goodbye to quarter and sleeveless tops and flaunt those fitted sleeves. No it is not gym wear! It is the kind of stuff that brings regality to your look.
Pencil skirts: if you’re comfortable showing of your curves or slim bodies, nothing better than a midi length pencil skirt to give definition to your body. Shiny pencil skirts will mix an elite aesthetic with just the right amount of spunk.
If you can manage to pair these the right way, you know you will have made a style statement that will be the envy of those around you. If retro-contemporary speaks your style and get these now. Calling the fashion conservatives to experiment a little and become a part of the trend that is likely to be around for a while.
Can you at all make clothes out of rubber?
And to think, spandex was actually created as a substitute for rubber during the world war. It was created for use in war equipment. Naturally, or synthetically, technically speaking, bare spandex possess all the qualities of rubber, but what makes it better is the fact that it can withstand high or low temperatures, not be weathered on exposure to chemicals like detergents and is very cost efficient to manufacture. In fact, research has shown that the production and recycling of spandex fibre is more eco-friendly than that of any other natural fibres, in the long run.
Now how is bare spandex or elastane utilised, because it stretches up to 500 percent it size, so how do you control its stretch and make it viable for garment production?
Simple. You take elastane and blend it with a hard yarn. A hard yarn is any yarn that is made through natural or synthetic resources. Polyester is a synthetic hard yarn, whereas cotton, a natural hard yarn.
So you either knit elastane yarn with a hard yarn through circular knitting to make garments like socks and pantyhose or you twist a hard yarn or two hard yarns along an elastane yarn to make covered spandex yarn that can be used in the creation of intimate wear, active wear, swim wear and more!