Product Fabric Description:
Viscose/ Rayon - A semi synthetic, organic fiber extracted from plant based materials. Often used to create lighter and more delicate clothing items, or for soft knit jerseys.
Modal - A type of rayon fiber that is usually spun in combination with cotton and or spandex to create clothing. It is a beautifully soft texture, said to be 3 x softer than cotton and is considered stronger than rayon, particularly in wet conditions. Modal is often sustainably sourced and produced with plants such as bamboo.
Tencel/Lyocell - Plant derived. Considered a sustainable fabric as it is grown and developed in sustainable conditions. To create an absorbent, soft, strong fabric that is resistant to all weather conditions and resistant to wrinkles, the tencel fibers are spun from yards and then woven into textiles.
Linen - This is a fiber made from the flax plant and therefore takes considerable time and effort to produce. Again this fiber is natural and organic. It is the strongest natural fiber in the world and is both smooth and fluid.
Cotton - Another natural fiber, cotton is derived from the cotton plant. Through spinning the fibers into yarn and then weaving it into a fabric, cotton gains its strength. Fabrics and clothes made from cotton are usually soft, light and breathable.
Silk - This is classified as a natural protein fiber. Silk is made through the extraction of the silk from silk worms which is boiled down to create long strands of silk fiber. There are many different types of silk and therefore there are usually different many different manufacturing methods. It is a reasonably light and smooth fabric, and is actually warmer than wool when knitted!
Polyester - Interestingly this fabric is made from a chemical reaction involving combinations of coal, petroleum, air and water. It is a very durable, resistant fabric that is extremely long lasting - however environmentally this is not the greatest choice as it is essentially plastic, and does not biodegrade. Some manufacturers are using recycled plastic to create eco-Polyester, most commonly seen in swimwear and active wear!
Spandex/ Elastane - These fibers are known for their elasticity and extreme durability. 94% of the worlds spandex fibers are made through melt extrusion, reaction spinning, solution dry sinning and solution wet spinning. These fibers are usually mixed with cotton or polyester.
Polyamide - Again this is a synthetic fiber similar to Nylon which is stretchy and absorbs little moisture. It is extremely stretchy and has the highest resistance of all raw materials in wet or dry conditions. You will often find stockings, pantyhose and such made from polyamide, or you'll find it blended into denims to add stretch and strength.
Mela Purdie Fabrics:
Mela Purdie has a selection of fabrics which can be identified at the end of the product's name through the code beginning with F. For example, F01 (Matte Jersey) or F64 (Mousseline). Outlined below are the specifications and features of these fabrics so that you know the ins and outs of each Mela Purdie garment.
Matte Jersey F01 - 92% Viscose, 8% Spandex / Washable
The fabrication that started it all. Since 2001, Mela Purdie has used the same original composition and mill to create this long-lasting and pill resistant mid-weight jersey. The collection began with styles 283, 103, 226, 274 and 100, all of which are still in the range today. The production team constantly works on refining and improving yarn, which is sourced in Europe and is a high twist crepe viscose. Each and every colour way is developed exclusively for Mela Purdie and the fabrication itself is a worldwide exclusive.
Examples of collection in this fabric: Loose Tank, Relaxed Boat Neck and Pencil Double Skirt
Mouselline F64 (DISCONTINUED JAN 2019 - SEE MACRO MOUSSELINE F66 FOR REPLACEMENT) - 100% Technical Polyester/Washable -
Using the height of modern fabrication finishing technologies, Mela Purdie’s mousseline is completely unique and offers optimal comfort and style. A technical polyester, which is more expensive to produce than silk, it is created in Japan with an extremely fine denier line. It is then finished with “air flow”, a new technology that increases fluidity and gives an airy effect to the textile. Internationally Mela Purdie is the largest consumer of this fabric, which is again created in custom colours for her.
Examples of styles in this fabric: Crystal tank, Boot Pant and the Fold T
Macro Mousseline F66 - Replacement for Mousseline F64 in 2019
Maché F67 : 100% Technical Polyester / Machine Washable
Very similar properties to Mousseline & Macro, but with thicker fibres again. This fabric has a bit more weight to it, so it drapes beautifully and light colours are rarely too sheer. This is a luxurious, high end fabrication from Japan.
Season : Summer 18 Onward Styles : Split Skirt, Cap Shell Top, Wedge Tunic
Stretch Crepe F08 - 67% Viscose 23% Nylon 10% Spandex / Machine washable - AMAZING fabric perfect for travel in cooler climates or braving the Aussie winter.
Examples of styles in this fabric: Wide Pant, Funnel Jacket
Microprene F65 - 61% Cotton, 35% Polyamide, 4% Elastane/ Washable
Microprene is a high stretch, super light weight fine cotton blend fabric with a poplin like feel but softer and lighter. It dries super fast and is breathable and comfortable to wear in warm weather.
Examples of styles in this fabric: Tuscan Pant, Artisan Pant
Double Knit Stripe - 43% Cotton 23% Viscose 32% Polyester 2% Elastane / Hand Wash
Ink and Ivory stripe thick knit fabric in a soft yet durable blend of natural cotton and viscose and strong polyester with a slight stretch.
Season : Winter 2019 Styles: Artisan Sweater, Resort Sweater
Reflex F601 - 89% Polyester 11% Polyurethane / Hand Wash
Slinky almost scuba-esque fabric, fine close weave in fade resistant black only. Perfect work wear fabric, crease + stain resistant.
Season: Winter 2019 Styles: Avenue Pant, Cropped Cuff Pant
Lotus Brocade F720: 65% Viscose 33% Polyester 2% Elastane / Washable
Beatiful soft, drapey fabric with a weighty handfeel and slight satin sheen. Floral brocade pattern.
Season : Winter 2019 Styles: Limousine Jacket
Devore Velvet F206 : 67% Polyester 24% Nylon 9% Spandex / Hand Wash
Stretch velvet with a geometric devore pattern that resembles a large basic weave.
Season : Winter 2019 Styles: Spear Skirt
Samurai Stripe Microprene : 61% Cotton 35% Polyamide 4% Elastane / Machine Washable
Microprene is a high stretch, super light weight fine cotton blend fabric with a poplin like feel but softer and lighter. It dries super fast and is breathable and comfortable to wear in warm weather. The Samurai Stripe Microprene is a blue-black and white train track vertical stripe.
Season: Winter 19 Styles: Avenue Shirt
Pleated Superfine Merino Wool F13 : 87% Italian Wool 13% Spandex / Hand Wash
Super fine yarn with a slight stretch so it moulds to the body comfortably... Mela Purdie sources the finest pill resistant and non-scratchy wool she can find.
Season : Winter 19 Styles : Accordion Coat, Wrap Snood
Neo Ponte : 66% Tencel 27% Nylon 7% Elastane / Washable
Super fine and super soft ponte stretch knit, milled in Australia from mainly Tencel, a super soft plant derived fibre which is one of the more sustainable options we have today. Soft, cosy and perfect for winter leggings, work pants and jackets.
Season : Winter 19 Styles : Shawl Coat
Ridge Knit F082 : 50% Viscose 19% Nylon 11% Elastane / Machine Washable
This textured ridged knit has structure and softness, both. It is cosy and sophisticated, and offers excellent value for money at a mid range price point for the label. Capitalising on the struture of the fabric, Mela Purdie has designed a range of minimal yet architectural silhouettes in this knit.
Season : Winter 19 Styles: Angle Funnel Top, Oblique Skirt, Spa Top
Stretch Lace -
Updated each season, new stretch laces patterns add sophistication to simple jersey pieces.
Printed Silks -
European sourced silks are printed with Australiasian exclusives for Mela Purdie each season. Generally these textiles are hand-washable, to enable them to be more travel friendly.
Waterproof Toppers -
Introduced in 2005, in keeping with the travel focus, water repellent outerwear is designed in memory yarn. This unique technology allows creases to be simply wiped away with the hand, making these toppers the perfect travel companions.