Fabric Lab: Stretch Mesh
Fashion-forward, comfortable knits for today's styles
Stretch mesh is a semisheer knit with great recovery. It can be sewn into flowing or body-hugging designs. In either type of silhouette, this knit fabric does not add a great deal of bulk, especially if you use appropriate seam and edge treatments. Stretch mesh is suitable for sheer T-shirts, slips, layered skirts, contrast sleeves, and binding strips on necklines and armholes. It comes in a fun array of solids or prints, and it is available in nylon and polyester in various weights. I’ve found the heavier mesh tends to be of better quality.
I often make T-shirts with two-layer stretch mesh fronts and backs for more opacity, leaving the sleeves a single layer. If your stretch mesh is a print, make the underlayer a solid to give more clarity to the print.
However you decide to design with it, stretch mesh offers engaging style options for warm weather…
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