March '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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20 1 5 M A RC H PRINTWEAR | 33 T oday's placket trends are largely influenced by the expansion of 100 percent polyester and polyester blends. Polyester blends with spandex and Lycra, for instance, are becoming more prevalent in our marketplace. Much like the polyester movement, Lycra and spandex offer stretch and flexibility that add to the comfort and drape of these fabrics, giving a new twist to a traditional look. A NEW KNIT The Lycra and spandex blended fabric content percentages average 5 percent of the total content blends. Some Lycra and spandex exceed 9 percent with poly- ester and micro polyester. This is an expensive proposition as Lycra is a costly branded fiber.

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