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Question on self-wicking polypropylene fabric

starzoe | Posted in General Discussion on

I will be sewing self-wicking polypropylene fabric for sports underwear.  The fabric has a very smooth side and a somewhat meshy side.  I want to know which side to use next to the body.  It is critical that any sweating has to wick AWAY from the body.

 I have tested (with sprinkles of water) on both sides to see which wicks away the moisture fastest but there wasn’t a lot of difference.  I suspect the meshy side should be next to the body but want to be absolutely sure.


  1. starzoe | | #1

    self wicking polypropylene

    Just to let anyone who might be interested in this post, I have found the answer.  It took ages and ages on the internet and  I needed to be sure which side went next to the body as this is self-wicking fabric used for warmth.  I found a manufacturer in Australia that makes extreme sports and military wear and they were extremely helpful even though I explained that I was sewing this for myself,  I got several email replies with a good explanation of the fabric's attributes and even a photo of their crew onboard the company's racing yacht!

    So, for anyone sewing self-wicking fabric the meshy side goes next to the body although the difference of the  two sides is hardly discernible under a good light..  It took no time at all to sew stretch leggings and t-top from a pattern that has been in my collection for decades.  So thank you Phil Endersbee of  Wildernesswear.com in Australia.

  2. HelgaPataki | | #2

    look at a manufactured sample

    you can also check into an aerobics store and see how their's is made.

  3. starzoe | | #3

    polypropylene fabric

    Yes, I did that but the fabrics they used were heavier; mine is feather light and specifically made for long underwear for cold weather.

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