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Hot Costume Care Tip: Be Aware of the Shortcomings of Today’s Costume Fabrics & Trims

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 @ 06:11 AM

  • All colors are not always available in all fabrics – we work with what is available and do our best to meet your needs, but certain prints or colors simply may not be offered in all fabrics.
  • Generally, stretch knit fabrics do not match non-stretch woven fabrics - These fabrics are made differently and therefore the colors are going to look different. Don't count on being able to find an exact match for a stretch fabric with a non-stretch fabric.
  • Costume fabrics today are not generally expected to be laundered, they are made for performances and many need a little extra TLC to ensure that they will hold up!
  • Holographic fabrics do not launder well, and many surface-printed fabrics, like Mystique and foil fabrics, will not launder well, either!
  • Lesser quality fabrics (like the ones many catalog companies use to cut costs) and even some higher quality fabrics that were created solely for their glitzy appearancemay not offer you the full stretch that you expect or need!  Be sure to do a little fabric research before you purchase a costume!
  • Certain performance fabrics are not very durable. Avoid excessive stretching with woven/knit laces and sheer woven fabrics (such as chiffon). Pay special attention to caring for these fabrics to ensure durability.
  • If not lined, textured fabrics may be itchy and scratchy.
  • If rigorous performance costumes such as cheer teams are not properly cared for, bright colors can transfer onto white, even if pre-washed.
  • Rhinestones do not stick as well to shiny-surfaced fabrics, as they do to matte-finished surfaces, so be sure to treat these rhinestoned fabrics with a little extra TLC.
  • Be wary of non-glass rhinestones – acrylic rhinestones do not have the shine (light disbursement) that Swarovski and similar quality rhinestones have.
  • ASK your costume professionals what you can expect from the costume fabrics you like.
And, finally, be sure to read all of our blogs, articles, and paperwork regarding costume care! We know you'll thank us when you completely avoid a costume care emergency down the road!

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