Fabric Stretch

Fabrics that have been woven with stretchable material have different stretch-ability characteristics that allow it to stretch without breaking the fibers and return to its original size. Many manufacturers incorporate stretch to allow the fabric to fit to your shape or provide a more comfortable fit.

There are 2 broad types of stretchy material. The first one stretches in one direction (either lengthwise or crosswise) or the second kind that stretches in two directions at once (crosswise as well as lengthwise). A perfect example of one direction stretch is a t-shirt which stretches only one way. Athletic wear tends to be a stretch that moves in 2 different directions at once.

Stretchy fabrics are blended with other fabrics such as cotton, yarn or wool.

Here is a list of some of the most common stretchy materials:

Spandex – this super stretchy fabric stretches depending on its elastane (elastic) content. Most often it is used in a blend with other fabrics such as cotton, nylon, polyester, and rayon. Active wear and sports apparel use around 12-15% spandex whereas regular clothing typically uses 1-5% spandex content. One of the most well-known brands of spandex is Lycra – a spandex fabric trademarked by Dupont.

Knits -Most knits have some stretch, usually in one direction. These include jersey, double knit, rib knit, sweater knit, and several more.

Latex -Latex is made from rubber and is used to make stockings, gloves, bodysuits, and leotards, along with a few other specialty garments. It doesn’t breath and can be uncomfortable.

Neoprene is also made from rubber and is used as an alternative to latex. Most often it is not used for clothing (thinkĀ  of Halloween masks and laptop sleeves).

Each piece of clothing has a content label inside the garment. Take those jeans that fit you so perfectly and check the label to see the fabric content. The jeans you love so much are probably made with cotton and 2% spandex. The swimsuit you live in for summer is most likely made with Lyrca.

Take a few moments to note which clothes fit so well and what their fabric blends are. This can be a big help when looking at new styles and cuts.

Pre-Summer Summer Sale!

We can almost smell the summer flowers up here in the frozen north. What better way to get summer started early than to bring out the Summer You with an early summer sale!

We’re having a 1-DAY flash sale on shirts and blouses just for you!

Visit our stores for this great sale on Saturday April 7 ONLY!

RUNWAY67 (mostly Plus Sizes)

IN-GIRL (Regular and Petite Sizes)

Please note that if you visit the sites before the sale begins you will see sale items from our previous sale.

Spring Cleaning Sale

It’s Springtime and time to clean out some of our winter inventory!

We’re running THREE sales.

The first sale on Runway67 (Plus Sizes) is for 20% off sweaters, coats, shoes, crafts and more through April 7.

The second and third sales are on IN-GIRL (Regular Sizes) and are:

10% off Long Sleeves, Long Pants, and Shoes THROUGH APRIL 6 (TOMORROW)

and 25% off Winter clothes (sweaters and coats) THROUGH APRIL 6 (TOMORROW).

We hope you find some great deals!

Beautiful spring & summer dresses have arrived at Runway67

New Arrivals!!!

We are so excited Beautiful Dresses from your favorite labels are here for spring and summer! We also have plus size dresses in all colors. With these low prices and limited quantities available you’ll want to check these out right away!New Spring and Summer Dresses
White lace floral dress – only one of these left

Beautiful Peach lace dress in plus sizes- limited supply

Rust Mini Dress – limited supply