What Are Bandage Dresses Made From
Posted on July 05 2014
We sell a lot of bandage dresses at The Kewl Shop, many sizes, shades and styles and they are all made from Rayon, Nylon and Spandex, approximately 90%, 8% and 2% respectively.
Understanding these three materials and what they add to our bandage dresses is useful, not only in making an informed purchase but also to be confident that you are getting a quality dress that will last a long time, even through significant wear.
High Quality Bandage Dresses Are Made From Rayon, Nylon & Spandex
Bandage dresses require stretch, durability, shine and luster and their tight body hugging form is exactly what our customers are after. So what are these three components of a bandage dress that give it these absolutely sought after qualities?
Rayon (approx. 90%)
Rayon has been around for a very long time, since the 1880’s in fact when it was first produced in France. However it is probably not as well known as the other components of our dresses, Nylon and Spandex. Made from a cellulose derivative, ultimately coming from wood pulp or similar organic materials, Rayon is classified semi-synthetic as it comes from an organic source but does require processing to become a fabric.
Originally developed as a cheap alternative to silk, it drapes well, feels as comfortable to wear as a natural product, is easy to dye and add color and blends easily with other fibers. And most importantly it has a high luster quality giving it a bright shine. All these aspects are perfect for the making of our bandage dresses and evening gowns.
Is Rayon Environmentally Friendly?
Rayon is produced from renewable sources, usually bamboo, beach trees, pine trees or eucalyptus. Some of these sources are extremely renewable, can be planted on marginalized land and require less intensified farming than cotton for instance. However the processing of these raw materials into the end fabric can be but is not always applied in the most environmentally friendly way.
Additionally a large part of the environmental impact of textiles applies to their after care, in particular the use of water, detergents and fabric softeners for cleaning after use.
As a result consumers need to be informed in the use and purchase of Rayon based products. Like the majority of textiles these products do have an environmental impact but are still very widely used and the correct disclosure by the textile industry is enforced.
Nylon (approx. 8%)
Unlike Rayon, Nylon is a completely synthetic fabric made from petroleum products. It is extremely widely used in a variety of products, far wider than the textile industry alone. For our bandage dresses Nylon adds strength and resistance to damage and is therefore a crucial component.
Spandex (approx. 2%)
Similarly to Nylon, Spandex is a completely synthetic material with a polymer base and is classified as polyurethane. Spandex is well known for it’s ability to stretch and can in fact stretch up to 6 times it's length and snap back to it’s original form.
Spandex adds the body hugging effect to our dresses, keeping your body tight and firm in a taught wrap. Interestingly Spandex can tire and lose its stretch over time, but fortunately this takes a while.
The Three Fabrics Combined
So in summary the dresses are approximately 90% Rayon for it’s silk like qualities and bright luster, approximately 8% Nylon for strength and durability and 2% Spandex for stretch and figure hugging love.
Making The Fabric
Although the material composition is approximately the same across the dresses each fabric is individually woven in large looms (see images above) and made to a special formula for each dress. As a result fabrics are proprietary in nature, belonging to each dress manufacturer and are not usually made generally available to other manufacturers or dress producers.
Therefore the dresses you get from The Kewl Shop are unique enough in their composition and manufacture to be called our own and to proudly display our label. Buying a similar looking dress elsewhere will not in any way guarantee a similar quality with equal durability.
A High Quality And Durable Dress
The mix of Rayon, Nylon and Spandex results in a high quality, strong and durable dress. The woven fabric is a healthy thickness and is not see-through in any way allowing you to wear a tight fit with confidence. Additionally the stretch in the fabric, approximately 3 to 5 inches across your body is sufficient to keep you taught and in place without feeling uncomfortable. See our size chart for more detail.
Bandage dresses made from this composite fabric especially using modern weaving methods will also last a considerable amount of time and can put up with a significant amount of wear and tear. So you can be confident that your purchase will give you something you can wear time and time again.
How To Care For My Dress?
Rayon can be negatively affected by too much water and could shrink. As a result it is advisable to take some care in looking after your dress. We've written a whole post on exactly how to care for your dress here.
Can I Buy A Cheaper Bandage Dress?
In order to understand the price you are paying you need to understand the composition of the dress fabric you are buying.
Dresses made from Rayon, Nylon and Spandex are designed specifically to give the characteristics expected of a well made bandage dress – shine, luster, figure hugging stretch, form and durability. These are very similar if not identical characteristics to the dresses made by Herve Leger - perhaps the most famous bandage dresses of them all.
Cheaper dresses can be purchased but are almost always made out of a cheaper and lower quality fabric, the most popular being Polyester, a highly durable textile made from synthesized polymers. Although dresses made from this fabric are perfectly acceptable for the price they will not have the characteristics of Rayon based dresses and therefore should be bought with caution.
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