Fabrics & Care

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♥ Everyday Jersey 

Rayon (also known as Viscose) is made from a variety of plant fibre sources, including grasses, reeds, and trees. Bamboo Rayon is specifically made from bamboo trees. Rayon dyes more easily than cotton, allowing for deep, saturated colours and minimal fading. It drapes beautifully and is super soft. Although it's technically a manufactured fibre, it breathes and feels like a natural fibre against the skin.

Because the rayon process can be quite polluting, we're gradually switching our stock over to lyocell. Lyocell is made by a similar process from sustainably-sourced trees, but in a closed loop system. The solvents used in the transformation of the plant fibre are recaptured and reused with minimal waste or potential for water source pollution.

Our everyday jersey blend includes cotton (this adds thickness and durability) and a touch of spandex for good shape retention. Along with the switch from bamboo to lyocell comes the switch from cotton to organic cotton (yay!).

With proper care, both blends are quite durable and a good choice for everyday wear. Find our detailed fibre care instructions at the bottom of this page.

Both fabrics are Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified to be free of harmful substances.

 

French Terry

The same fibre content of our everyday jersey blend in a heavier, cozier weight. French terry has tiny, delicate loops on its underside, rather than fleece. Don't think towels! Think - soft inner layer that doesn't pill after the first wash. Great for pants, as it's better at disguising underwear lines. For garments that work in this fabric, check out this section.

This fabric is Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified to be free of harmful substances.

 

♥ Hemp Jersey ♥

A thick, textured jersey with no spandex content. Hemp is super durable and holds its shape well, and the fibres soften with washing and wearing. Hemp plants require less water and almost no pesticides compared to cotton. For garments that work well in this fabric, check out this section.

This fabric is fully biodegradable.

 

Pure Merino ♥

Merino is a specific type of wool, known for its fine fibres and smaller scales. It's soft to the touch and not at all itchy, even to those who are normally sensitive to wool. Worn against the skin it has an amazing capacity for regulating body temperature - it warms the wearer without overheating. Like most wool types, it wicks moisture away from the skin and has antibacterial properties.

This makes it the perfect fibre to wear for athletic workouts, outdoor pursuits, travel, and office wear. It's lightweight, durable, breathable, resistant to odor, easily washable, and quick to dry. It's also completely biodegradable.

The superfine Merino jersey we use is 100% wool, with no spandex content. This makes it behave a little differently than our other jerseys. It relaxes significantly while wearing, and we compensate for this when we size your garment. This means that your garments will feel quite snug when you first put them on. Don't panic!

For garments that work in this fabric, check out this section.

Our merino is ethically produced from non-mulesed Australian Merino sheep. 

This fabric is fully biodegradable.

 

♥ Stretch Merino ♥

A lightweight, super-breathable, temperature-regulating fabric. Works equally well for cozy, beautiful dresses as it does for practical base layers like leggings. It has lots of stretch and great shape retention. For garments that work best in this fabric, check out this section

Our merino is ethically produced from non-mulesed Australian Merino sheep.

 

♥ Sweater Merino ♥ 

A thicker, still lightweight blend of merino and lyocell. Lyocell adds strength, drape, shape retention, and softness to this cozy double knit fabric. Super luxurious feel and easy to care for. For garments that work in this fabric, see this section.

Our merino is ethically produced from non-mulesed Australian Merino sheep.

This fabric is fully biodegradable.

 

Slub ♥ 

Our organic cotton/bamboo slub jersey is a textured, lightweight, and durable fabric that's perfect for travel. It's spandex-free and breathable, so it's hot weather friendly. Lighter colours are slightly sheer. Like our 100% merino, this fabric relaxes a bit as it warms to your body, so it works best for easy fit designs. For garments that work in this fabric, check out this section.

This fabric is Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified to be free of harmful substances.

This fabric is fully biodegradable.

 

♥ Linen ♥ 

This classic fabric is made from flax, which can be grown in northern climates like ours. We hope to one day be able to offer not only locally-sewn clothing, but also locally-grown clothing! Growing flax uses less water and fewer pesticides than cotton, so it's a better choice for the environment.

Linen garments wear in rather than wear out - the feel of them gets better with every wash and wear. Rather than fuss about pressing, we encourage you to embrace the natural rumple of 100% linen - it's a highly-recognizable, signature look. Linen relaxes as you wear it, so easy fit designs work best. For garments that work in this fabric, check out this section.

This fabric is 100% biodegradable.

 

♥ Hemp ♥ 

Just like linen, hemp can be grown in Canada and uses less water and few pesticides than cotton. It too improves with each wash and wear. We're finding hemp more enjoyable to work with and wear than linen - it holds its shape better, and it has a more relaxed, overall rumple rather than a sharp crease.

Hemp clothing softens and fades over time, but remains durable. It's easy to care for and a delight to wear. Our hemp fabric is blended with 45% organic cotton and is available in two weights - regular (lightweight and soft) and canvas (thick and sturdy). For garments that work in this fabric, check out this section.

This fabric is 100% biodegradable.

 

♥ Lyocell Twill ♥ 

Lyocell is manufactured from sustainably-sourced trees in an environmentally-responsible closed-loop system. The solvents used in the transformation of the plant fibre are recaptured and reused with minimal waste or potential for water source pollution. Lyocell breathes well and is both temperature and moisture regulating. The fibre surface is very smooth, making it ideal for sensitive skin, and it has excellent durability.

Our enzyme-washed twill is lightweight but densely-woven with a silk-like fee. For garments that work in this fabric, check out this section.

This fabric is 100% biodegradable.

 

♥ Wool Blends ♥ 

For our outerwear designs, we carry a varying selection of heavier wool blends. Our choices will always include a minimum 50% wool content for best quality and durability. If you'd like more information on current options, please contact us.

 

 

♥ Wash Instructions ♥

 

DO  use a very mild detergent or delicate wool wash. We like Eucalan and Soak.

DON'T  use regular detergent or softeners - they're cruel to fabric, and your clothes will wear out faster.

 

DO  use the delicate cycle. Flip inside out and use cold water.

DON'T  wash too often. Save the oceans, save your clothes!

(Spot washing, a light steam from the shower, and a 24 hour rest period between wearings will refresh the fibres more gently than laundering. Treat your clothes to a spa day instead of a laundry day!)

 

DO  spritz stains with Shout, let sit overnight, then wash.

DON'T  use bleach.

 

DO  hang to dry whenever possible. Finger press cuffs and ties while wet and smooth out pockets - it saves ironing later.

DON'T  line dry in the bright sun (unless you like that faded look).

 

DO  lay wet garments over a drying rack, shower rail, or banister to dry. Distribute the weight evenly to reduce distortion. 

DON'T  use hangers to dry your clothes.

(Even when dry, jersey garments should never be stored on hangers)

 

DO  dry on low or medium heat occasionally to relax creases and retain shape. Remove while still damp.

DON'T  use dryer sheets. Wool dryer balls work great, and you can juggle them.

 

DO  use the correct temperature and steam option on your iron. If you want to press your wovens: Lyocell = the rayon setting; Hemp = the linen setting.

DON'T  fuss too much about wrinkles - natural fibres have a distinctive look that's fun to rock!

(For jersey garments, wrinkles from packing or folding will fall out naturally while wearing.  For faster results, lightly steam the garment, without touching the fabric directly)