Did you know there is actually a measurement of how stretchy a fabric is? It's called stretch factor. A piece's stretch factor can make a big difference in deciding what size you want to get. Here is a guide on how we measure and determine the level of stretch on each of our products.
How to Measure Stretch
- If a 4 inch piece of fabric stretches to 5 inches then that is considered 25% stretch.
- If a 4 inch piece of fabric stretches to 6 inches then that is considered 50% stretch.
- If a 4 inch piece of fabric stretches to 7 inches then that is considered 75% stretch.
- If a 4 inch piece of fabric stretches to 8 inches then that is considered 100% stretch.
Stretch Factor Scale
None: 0% Stretch
Slight: Stretch between 5%-25%
Moderate: Stretch between 26-50%
Stretchy: Stretch between 51-75%
Super-Stretchy: Stretch between 76-100%
Knit fabric has its fibers knitted or looped together causing the fabric to have some elasticity. Knit fabric can vary in its thicknesses and the amount of stretch. Knit fabrics can be made from a variety of materials including cotton, modal, rayon, polyester, and linen. Often these will be blended with Spandex to give an extra stretch to your fabric and to stop the piece going out of shape as it is worn. This is called recovery.
T-shirts, sweaters, and leggings of course are made from knit fabrics. We carry mainly knit fabrics, because they are comfortable and easy to wear because they don't require ironing. Sizing is more flexible in the bust and hips on knit pieces.
Woven fabric has the horizontal and vertical threads woven up and down. This fabric might have a little give, but does not stretch. A cotton dress or a business shirt is made from woven fabric. Take extra care when selecting a size if the item has no stretch, especially if the piece is fitted in the bust, hips, shoulders, or arms.