Are you a “polyester snob”? Do you avoid any fabric that has the slightest amount of polyester in its content?
I have to admit that I rarely buy polyester, but I do have some pieces that have made their way into my stash through other means! It is really uncomfortable to wear in our humid summers, and I can’t sew or press it as nicely as viscose or natural fibres. Oh yeah, and the static…
But it’s not all bad – polyester has some great inherent qualities that other fibres lack:
- It can be machine washed
- It absorbs little moisture and dries quickly
- It hardly needs ironing
- It doesn’t shrink
- It is hard wearing
- It doesn’t fade
- It is wrinkle resistant
- It retains its shape
- It can be permanently pleated
- It is lightweight
- It maintains it’s loft, ie fleece
- And it’s cheap!
Polyester is often combined with other fibres like wool, cotton or viscose to utilise the ideal qualities of both. For instance :
- Wool/polyester – cheaper and harder wearing than 100% wool, but not as warm or easy to tailor.
- Polyester/cotton – compared to 100% cotton this fabric will shrink less, be more wrinkle proof, faster drying and longer lasting, but not as comfortable next to the skin. This is why it is commonly used for such items as trousers, travel wear, and things like Dickie’s workshirts!
- Polyester/viscose – polyester adds crease resistance to this blend, and viscose allows the fabric to breathe better for more comfortable wear.
What do you think – do you use polyester in your sewing regularly, or only when nothing else will do? Do you have some favourite wardrobe items with polyester content, or do you avoid it like the plague?