Fabric

   Guide

For misar-elle’s very first collection, we gravitated to natural fabrics based on their rich colours and tactile attributes. Some were 100% linen -ideal for voluminous gathered shoulders and durable for crawling knees; some were 100% cotton, smooth and cool to the touch; and others: cotton slubs that offered a wholesome texture, making our simple styles appear that much more adorable. 

 

While each and every textile carries its own benefits, they’re not created equally. Here we walk you through the unique characteristics of each of our fabrics and how to care for them. Spoiler alert: they’re all pretty low-maintenance!

White Cotton Fabric

How to care for your cotton misar-elle garments:

Natural, light, and easy wearing and caring, cotton is a hero material in our collection. (And it’s not hard to see why).  Cotton is a natural fibre derived from cotton plants which is spun into yarn that is then woven to create a soft, durable fabric.

 

  • Cold hand wash or Cold gentle machine wash

  • Do not bleach

  • Dry in shade

  • Do not dry clean

  • Cool/Warm iron (if desired)

  • Pre-treat any stains before washing

  • Wash like colours together to prevent any bleeding

How to care for your linen misar-elle garments:

There’s something incredibly luxe and long wearing about linen. Made from flax, linen is strong and absorbent giving some of our signature styles both function and form. While it’s not as soft when compared to its cotton and lyocell counterparts to begin with, it certainly has a lot to offer throughout its lifecycle and will slowly soften with each and every wash. 

 

  • Cold hand wash or Cold gentle machine wash

  • Do not bleach

  • Dry in shade

  • Do not dry clean

  • Warm iron (if desired)

How to care for your linen blend misar-elle garments:

When we began pulling fabrics to form collection one, we were drawn to this stunning linen-blend fabric; it had a supple texture, washed and wore really well (not to mention, it was resistant to wrinkles), and possessed this stunning dusty pink hue - aptly named Rosewater. It’s a 70% lyocell and 30% linen blend and features in our Premium Collection. It is the only fabric with this composition in our entire range. 

 

  • Cold hand wash or Cold gentle machine wash

  • Do not bleach

  • Dry in shade

  • Do not dry clean

  • Cool iron (if desired)

What’s the deal with Lyocell?

Lyocell is a naturally-derived material made from wood cellulose or pulp obtained from well-managed forests (think: Oak, Birch, Eucalyptus). It’s anti-bacterial, absorbs moisture well - ideal for sensitised skin types - keeping skin dry, and is super soft, breathable, light and comfortable. It also possesses great longevity making it a wardrobe classic. Lyocell is also a biodegradable product. It does not produce by-products harmful to health or the planet during its manufacture. And, although it is slightly more expensive when compared to its linen and cotton counterparts, it’s certainly worth the investment.

What’s the difference between cotton muslin, cotton poplin, cotton duck and cotton slub?

We get it. There is a lot of cotton to get your head around in our collection. Here we explain the key differences in each cotton’s respective attributes and why we’ve chosen them.

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Cotton Poplin

Muslin is an incredibly soft and breathable cotton fabric that’s super lightweight. Often chosen for baby wraps and newborn clothing, muslin doesn’t trap in baby's body heat or prohibit movement. It's loosely woven, allowing heat to escape and fresh air to enter (read: a very calm baby). We opted for cotton muslin for our short and long sleeve gathered tops that can be worn alone in warmer climes or layered seamlessly under other items.

Cotton Muslin

There are several natural fibres that come in a ‘poplin’ variation as it simply refers to its weave i.e. how it’s woven together. Our signature print this season - Fleur - is a cotton poplin. It’s a medium weight (120gsm) providing strength for daily wear, but not too heavy that it becomes rigid or uncomfortable. It has a smooth texture thanks to its even weave tension throughout.

Cotton Duck

Cotton duck is a heavyweight, plain woven cotton fabric. Duck is more tightly woven than plain canvas making it durable, heavy-duty and resistant to snags and tears. Which, when it comes to running around after little ones, is a necessity. Hence why we’ve used cotton duck for our tote bag and wide-brimmed hat.

Cotton Slub

Touted for its perfectly poised imperfections, cotton slub refers to the fabric’s teeny knots and twists in the fibres before it’s woven into fabric creating a unique texture. It’s lightweight and breathable - ideal for our summer collection, and is sourced from India. We love cotton slub because, in most cases, it appears like a linen, but behaves like a gentle, breezy cotton. And it’s relatively economical. What’s not to love?