Lillestoff have been releasing more and more stunning printed Modal jerseys this year. It has been very popular with European sewists over the summer- and I think it will be just as popular here in the warmer months.( although personally, I'm very happy to layer my jerseys so I've been wearing Modal all year long!).
Why sew with Modal?
Why do we love Lillestoff Modal? It has a certain slip and drape to it, it slides gently across the body and is so soft and silky to wear. Not in a yucky nylon polyester way, it has a much more luxurious feel to it. We love Modal sewn up as dresses, skirts, tops, and even as underwear.
Sewing with Modal.
Modal sews up beautifully on the overlocker (serger). I finish my Modal with a regular twin needle hem using a stretch double needle. For neckbands and cuffs I like to use our lighter weight smooth ribs.
What exactly is Modal?
Lillestoff Modal jerseys are a composition of Modal and Spandex. The Modal ( a second generation regenerated cellulosic fiber and a variation of rayon) is well known in the textile industry for it's extra softness ( told you!!) and it's "wet strength" - this means it can be machine washed and tumble dried without shrinking or pulling out of shape like other rayons. Modal is also wear resistant and strong while maintaining that soft, silky feel we all love. Combining it with a hint of Spandex ( elastane) is genius, and gives it that extra zing we all love.
How do I wash my Modal knits?
We suggest you wash at a normal 30o wash, and either dry flat ( thrown over a clothes horse) or tumble dry on cool. I often just place my Modal tops on a clothes hanger and leave to dry that way on line ( prevents the need to iron!) Modal will wrinkle if it is crushed at all, or left crumpled, a cool iron deals with that easily. Even after repeated washing, modal remains absorbent, soft and supple.The colors in modal typically remain brilliant and strong- which is perfect as the Lillestoff designs are so beautiful!