Super fit, super fine and super stretch is what we need to perform in our jeans just as we would in our leggins. Invista blends of natural with synthetics have helped us achieve in denims what was until recently not even thought of. Their dual core fibres namely Dual FX and Lycra Beauty have cotton on the face, spun fibre blend against the skin both wrapped around lycra stretch core to create whatever level of stretch is required. Such fibres achieve both comfort and performance for even the lightest of denims.
More simple blends of spun polyester with elastane will likewise achieve a supreme high stretch with a soft touch but for even softer touch denims Modal from Lenzing can blend with cotton and lycra for super softness and high stretch. Tencel or Lyocel from Lenzing is likewise blended with lycra for softness and in this latter instance a super drape. All such blends are capable of being surface printed for branding or creative patterning.
For 360 bi stretch and V stretch we need to play more with the blends in the warp to achieve the desired levels of stretch whilst at the same time controlling the shrinkage and recovery. All such technical research, development and innovation is done at the fabric make stage in order to enable the brands to achieve the best levels of performance for their active styles.
What we want is a second skin denim. As light and figure hugging as possible to replace our dependence on high stretch warp or weft knit active wear. This is not just for active lifestyle denims but also for figure contouring denims. Such clever blends enable us to do more in our daily denim jeans
Absolute fit combined with shine gives the appearance of activewear and yet it is clean smart denim daywear with the performance attributes of active wear. Denim jeans with the versatility of day to sport to eve wear. Here we have tencel lycra blends with a super 360 stretch and perfect recovery.