Fabric Descriptions and Care

The garment fabric you choose will be a major factor in your comfort. We use a range of fabrics to meet varied needs and preferences. Each fabric has characteristics and properties that make it worthwhile. Although the fabrics are varied, the authorized patterns are carefully adapted so that standard sizing applies in all fabrics. Here is an overview of the garment fabrics available.

Carinessa II

Carinessa II is 91 percent microfiber polyester and 9 percent spandex. This blend creates a comfortable, stretchy fabric that allows the garment to stay in place better, move and stretch with the wearer, and conform to individual body styles. Outer clothing glides over Carinessa easily.

Care:Machine wash cold, delicate, with like colors only. No fabric softener. Use nonchlorine bleach as needed. Tumble dry low.

Corban

Corban is a medium weight, dull-finish 100 percent nylon fabric. Corban has a smooth feel and is a good choice for men who prefer a garment that is almost frictionless under outer clothing. Corban is a durable nylon fabric; however, some find it warm.

Care:Machine wash warm. Non-chlorine bleach as needed. Tumble dry medium, permanent press.

Cotton-Poly Jersey

Cotton-Poly Jersey is a lightweight 50% cotton, 50% polyester blend fabric. This fabric has a cottony feel and good moisture absorption. The polyester in the fabric helps garments to retain their shape and reduces shrinkage compared with 100% cotton fabrics. This is a good all-weather fabric and works well for many people who prefer a cotton-feel garment.

Care:Machine wash warm, permanent press. Non-chlorine bleach as needed. Tumble dry medium, permanent press.

Cotton-Poly Rib Knit

Cotton-Poly Rib Knit is also a 50/50 cotton and polyester blend. Rib Knit has more stretch and durability than jersey fabric. A lightweight rib knit is used in women's unstructured chemise tops. A medium weight is used in men's garment bottoms.

Care:Machine wash warm, normal cycle. Non-chlorine bleach as needed. Tumble dry medium, permanent press.

100 Percent Cotton Jersey

One hundred percent Cotton Jersey fabric is used for women's two-piece garments and men's crewneck tops. Cotton breathes well and absorbs moisture but does not dry quickly. These garments are for those who want an all-cotton garment or those who have particular need, medical, work-related, or otherwise, for a natural fiber garment.

Care:Machine wash cool, permanent press. Non-chlorine bleach as needed. Tumble dry medium, normal.

100 Percent Cotton Rib Knit

The rib knit is used in men's one- and two-piece garments. Rib knit has more stretch and durability than jersey. Cotton breathes well and absorbs moisture but does not dry quickly. These garments are for those who want an all-cotton garment or those who have particular need, medical, work-related, or otherwise, for a natural fiber garment.

Care:Machine wash cool, permanent press. Non-chlorine bleach as needed. Tumble dry medium, normal.

Dri Lux

Dri Lux is a soft and comfortable fabric that helps keep the body dry. It is made from Dri-releaseTM fibers, which wick moisture away from the body. This wicking ability is a characteristic of the fibers and will not wash out. Dri Lux fabric is comfortable in many environments and may be especially wearable where it is hot and humid. Dri Lux garments dry quickly and resist odor. They are made in jersey and rib knit fabrics.

Care:Machine wash warm, gentle. No fabric softener. Use nonchlorine bleach as needed. Tumble dry medium.

DriSilque

DriSilque (pronounced "dry silk") is a high-filament count nylon fiber that makes into a lightweight fabric. DriSilque dries very quickly, is more breathable than other nylon fabrics, is quite stretchy, and has a silky feel while wearing. Its breathability is unusual in a nylon fabric and this makes it more comfortable in warm climates. (If you're hot and it clings, pull it away from your body, give it a shake and see how quickly it becomes comfortable again!) Garments made from DriSilque are more comfortable and wear better if the fit is fairly loose. DriSilque may not wear as long as other fabrics if worn snugly or cared for harshly.

Care:Machine wash cool, gentle. Non-chlorine bleach as needed. Tumble dry low, delicate.

Nylon Mesh

Nylon Mesh is also a lightweight 100 percent nylon fabric. It has an open-weave construction that makes it a comfortable fabric for many people, including those in humid climates. This mesh fabric allows for easy evaporation and dries quickly. Like other nylon fabrics it reduces friction between garments and outer clothing. It is a durable nylon that does not stretch as readily as DriSilque.

Care:Machine wash warm, permanent press. Non-chlorine bleach as needed. Tumble dry low, normal.

Thermax

Thermax is a thermal, rib knit polyester fabric. The fibers are hollow so they trap body heat to warm the wearer. Thermax garments are made in only long sleeve tops and ankle length bottoms.

Care:Machine wash warm, permanent press. Non-chlorine bleach as needed. Tumble dry medium, permanent press.