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Elastine

Posted by Barbara Anne 
Elastine
March 28, 2017 08:31PM
While I try to buy pure cotton garments (pants, jeans, tops & underwear), it is becoming increasingly difficult since an elastine component (usually about 3%) started to creep in.

While elastine gives the garment an element of stretch and supposedly enhances the fit, I find that within a relatively short time, the elastine starts to lose its mojo and makes the garment unwearable, long before it has actually worn out. For example, not inexpensive jeans develop white streaks and go baggy (I have a pair of jeans which are years old with no elastine which look as good as the day I bought them)

I'm looking at a pair of cotton/elastine pants of a well-known and reputable Australian brand, bought less than a year ago which have started to develop wrinkly little patches all over.

I have had it suggested to me that UV rays break elastine down which is plausible but shouldn't manufacturers know that?

Does anyone else have this annoying problem or am I showing my age in expecting clothing to last longer than a year?

Regards,

Barbara Anne
Re: Elastine
March 28, 2017 08:41PM
Barbara Anne Wrote:
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> Does anyone else have this annoying problem or am
> I showing my age in expecting clothing to last
> longer than a year?
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> Regards,
>
> Barbara Anne

I don't know if it's age related, but if I spend good money on clothes I expect them to last for at least ten years, and many of my garments have done so. I have a Nom D merino cardigan that is at least ten years old, is worn daily over the winter, and it is still in as-new condition - well worth its high price. When I stopped full time work I had a wardrobe full of expensive office clothes, a lot of Anne Mardell skirts and tops, which I now wear around the house and garden. This was a deliberate effort to reduce my overall consumption and I thought that I would gradually wear them out, but this mostly hasn't happened. Consequently I have bought very few clothes in recent years, just a few t shirts when travelling.
Re: Elastine
March 29, 2017 01:23AM
I try to buy cotton, and 95% cotton is acceptable to me. I actually think this issue is related to the type of garment. Jeans/trousers I find loosen up pretty quickly and as a result don't pay too much for them. Everything else I find is fine. I buy tailored by not skin tight by the way, so theres a bit of give there anyway.
Re: Elastine
March 31, 2017 07:33PM
I have bought some quite expensive tops that had an elastine component and I, too, found that it did not take long for the tops to look bad and I had to biff them. I try to stay clear of elastine when I can.
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