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Bamboo/lycra jersey
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Date: 1/5/13 8:43 AM

A few years ago I bought some creamy white bamboo/lycra jersey, from EOS. I pre-washed it and made it up into a smart looking T, which was comfortable to wear, if a little on the thick side, compared to viscose/lycra jersey.
However, everytime it was hand washed it seemed to shrink just a tad more and finally, after not that many wearings, looked rather tired and not very smart, so it went into the charity bin. It put me off buying bamboo/lycra jersey, so--my question is:--
Has this fabric improved in the last few years, or is it still prone to gradual shrinkage/loss of shape?? I'd like to give it another try but don't want to risk my money/time only to end up with another wasted T.

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Date: 1/5/13 1:39 PM

I can't answer your direct question, but...

Bamboo is rayon, which is known to be prone to progressive shrinkage. I prewash and dry all rayon 2+ times. I measure after the 1st and 2nd wash, if the dimensions don't change, the 3rd time is not needed, if they do, then I keep washing and measuring until it stops shrinking.

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Date: 1/5/13 1:54 PM

I've gotten some bamboo/lycra that was just plain luscious. Other pieces, not so much. I think, like alot of other fabrics, there's some really good pieces out there and some really bad ones.

Not a really helpful comment, but there is some good stuff out there. Finding it is the problem.

I had this same kind of issue with wool jersey. I thought all wool jersey was itchy and nasty stuff -- until I came across some that was the most comfortable and cozy fabric I'd ever worn. Since then, I keep my eyes open for more wool jersey. I usually buy a small piece and if it turns out to be the fabric of my dreams, I buy enough to make at least two or three more tops.
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Date: 1/6/13 6:56 AM

The hardest is finding quality fabrics at a reasonable price. Usually I start first with sites recommended by PR members. I then stick with them rather than find bargain prices somewhere else. I have gotton some nice fabrics off the PR classifieds. I havent tried bamboo knit yet- my bamboo wovens are heavy and I prefer a lighter weight.

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Date: 1/6/13 2:34 PM

Thanks, to everyone, for your comments about using this, and other, fabrics.
Yes, clearly lots of pre washing might be the answer. Trouble is that you have no idea, when buying whether it'll turn out to be good, or bad--price sometimes being no idicator. The fabric I bought wasn't cheap.
I think, for the time being, I shall save my money and stick with the TNT knits. Hopefully technology will eventually overcome the shrinakage problem.

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