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Getting to Know Our Fabric Bases

Sep 17,2023 | Big And Brave Fabrics

What are custom prints?

Custom prints are designs that are made to order on fabrics. Some artwork is created in-house, while others may be commercially licensed art with a cap on production. Essentially, it means that our custom prints are available in very limited quantities. What's left after preorders (presently, this happens exclusively in our Insiders' Facebook group) are listed for retail.

A custom printed fabric is unique; after all, what's the fun in having what everyone else is having? If this speaks to you, congratulations! You've come to the right place.

 


ABOUT OUR FABRIC BASE(S)
All our custom printed fabrics are pre-washed and pre-pressed in production. Which means that you can get started on your projects right away without worrying about shrinkage, yay!
 
[KNITS, 150cm wide]
  • UV 50 Swim, nylon spandex 220gsm
This is quality nylon spandex, pre-treated to equip the wearer with protection against harmful UV rays. It is also chlorine-resistant to give added longevity to the print.
  • Cotton Jersey, 220gsm
Our cotton jersey is 95% cotton, 5% spandex and has ~50% 4-way stretch. It is an ideal weight for t-shirts, shorts, and dresses.
  • Bamboo Jersey, 230-240gsm
Our bamboo jersey is 95% bamboo, 5% spandex and has ~50% 4-way stretch. It has a softer hand compared to cotton jersey, and has excellent drape and recovery. Silky to the touch. the bamboo fibers bring a natural silk-like sheen to the jersey. Ideal for patterns that require drape and flow, esp wrap dresses.
  • Cotton or Bamboo French Terry (FT)
This is a fabric with small, soft loops on the reverse for added coziness! Cotton FT is popular for hoodies,  shorts and joggers, while bamboo FT is suitable for shorts,  tops and dresses.
  • Double Brushed Polyester, 210gsm
This is a 95% polyester 5% spandex knit and has ~50% 4-way stretch. Brushed on both sides, this knit has a soft hand and drapes well. It's suitable for tops, skirts and dresses.
  • Athletic Knit, 250gsm
This is a polyester spandex interlock knit with min 60% 4-way stretch. It is a double-sided knit that is squat-proof, and suitable for yoga leggings, leotards, tops, skirts and dresses, etc. It drapes well, and has excellent stretch and recovery.
 
[WOVENS, ~142cm wide]
 
  • Cotton Twill, 150gsm
It has a similar hand feel to the quilting weight cottons that most are familiar with. Twill has a characteristically diagonal weave and sturdy construction, which makes it a suitable fabric for a wide range of projects, such as shirts, shorts, pants, dresses.
  • Rayon, woven, 140gsm
Lightweight, breezy and flowy, this plain weave rayon has a softer and cooler hand compared to cotton twill. It is well-suited for patterns that require drape and swish, such as maxi-dresses and circle skirts. Made of 100% rayon, it has a bit of springy give when tugged sideways. Its softness also makes it ideal for children's clothing.
  • Cotton Canvas, 250gsm
A sturdy canvas made with 100% cotton, this material is ideal for bag-making and upholstery projects from tote bags and backpacks, to placemats and cushion covers.
  • Canvas-backed Vinyl (~1-mm thick)
Our vinyl has a matte, cobbled surface with a canvas fabric backing on the reverse. It is suitable for bags and upholstery projects. Tip: You'll need at least a 90/14 needle to sew this with a stitch length of min 35mm.
  • Water-Resistant Boardshort Twill, 125gsm

Made from 100% recycled polyester, this is a lightweight fabric with a brushed finish on the right side. Its water-repellant properties make it ideal for beach shorts, foldable eco-grocery totes and bags, or as a lining for pouches/bags too.

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