Right, so today the printer has been churning out the test reports I’ve gathered and as I scan through I can quickly see which fabrics are going to be good for our latest designer uniform project.
One of the challenges for a uniform designer is balancing fabric strength with temperature control. As I’ve discovered, thicker does not necessarily mean stronger – fabrics with a twill or high twist, compact weave are great ingredients to make up a robust fabric.
I’ve found the perfect one for our designer uniform. Only 270 glm but goes up to 60,000 rubs on the Martindale test (i.e. great abrasion resistance as normal retail pass rate is 20,000). It scores a high 4 for pilling, colour fastness and all other tests. The max score is 5 – if a fabric scores 3 it’s normally a pass for retail, but we are on the lookout for 4 at the very least. New developments of fabric with a mechanical stretch are quite exciting as they stretch due to the way they are woven rather than incorporating lycra or elastane. I’d love to see more developments in this arena as it would solve a bundle of issues for work wear with industrial cleaning methods. Hint hint fabric mills…
Elise Gustilo – Designer