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My Search for a Jersey

My Search for a Jersey

  

When I started looking at fabrics for ADALÉI,  I had an idea for a gown design that wasn't in the stores.  I pictured a long elegant lounge gown, floor length, that would work both as sleep or loungewear and could be worn for a quick errand.  It was also important to me that the fabric was wicking, cooling, and didn't irritate my skin which gets incredibly dry in the winter.   My first experience with ProModal was a noticeable difference in the hand and softness.  I had heard about tencel and modal fabrics through my research for natural and sustainable fabrics and loved they were produced by Lenzing.   

Lenzing has been in business for 80 years, based in Austria, and makes fibers from cellulose.  They also have a plant in Mobile, AL, here in the US.  The wood pulp used in tencel is a renewable raw material that comes from sustainably managed forests.  They are committed to the concept of a circular economy and at the end of the life cycle, fibers are biodegradable and able to re-enter the eco-system.  Raw materials are processed in a closed loop production, capturing 99.7% of the solvents to reuse.  Chemicals that would otherwise pollute the environment.  Lenzing new technologies are combining recycled cotton scraps with tencel to reduce the amount of virgin raw materials used.  

I always pre-test my fabrics before releasing for sale and was frankly shocked at how comfortable and breathable the fabric was during the day and while sleeping.  One thing I noticed was how infrequently I was washing my samples.  The fabric didn't seem to need cleaning like other clothes, mainly cotton and blends.  Since tencel absorbs 50% more moisture than cotton, it was a game changer for me.  I found a US mill and had several rolls produced in custom dye lots.  A sustainable product, silky against the skin, and ability to help regulate body temperature was the perfect jersey for what has become a base fabric in my line.  The current collection has the ProModal Cardi Slim and there will be more of this fabric in 2020. 

*During April of 2019, TENCEL replanted a tree for every 50 likes or 10 shares of their "From Trees, For Trees" campaign.  Intended to bring awareness to their impact on the planet and educate consumers on their use of fibers from certified, sustainable forests.   


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SIZE + CARE GUIDE
BUST (measure at fullest part)
WAIST  (measure at or below belly button)
HIP  (measure fullest part of low hip)

 

MEASUREMENTS ARE IN INCHES

XXS |  size  0   

B
W
H
32 1/2
25
35 - 35 1/2

 

XS  |  size 2/4

B
W
H
33 - 34 1/2
26 - 27
36 - 37 1/2

 

 S   |   size 6/8

B
W
H
35 1/2 - 36 1/2
28 - 29
38 1/2 - 39 1/2

 

 M   |   size 10/12

B
W
H
37 1/2 - 39
30 - 31 1/2
40 1/2 - 42

 

L   |   14/16

B
W
H
40 1/2 - 42 1/2
33 - 35
43 1/2 - 45 1/2

 

 ALPHA SIZES (XXS - L) ARE CLOSER TO THE LARGER SIZE. 
EXAMPLE IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING A SIZE 4 OR 6. 
If you typically wear a solid size 6, never buy petites, and do not like your clothes form fitting, PURCHASE TRUE TO SIZE. 
If you typically wear a size 6, also buy petite, occasionally buy a size 4, and/or prefer your clothes a closer fit, PURCHASE A SIZE DOWN. 

 WHEN SIZING DOWN, YOU WILL NOTICE IT ACROSS THE UPPER BACK, NECK OPENING, ARMHOLE OPENING, AND GENERALLY THROUGH THE BUST, WAIST, AND HIP. 

 


PLEASE READ OUR CARE GUIDE PRIOR TO ORDERING, TO ENSURE YOU MAKE THE BEST DECISION FOR YOUR SIZE AND WASH PREFERENCES. 


We understand that quality starts with exceptional fabric.  Which is why we only work with a small number of mills across the world that pass our in-house test standards and are committed to the highest quality.  We also support mills that strive for the lowest environmental impact, including Edelweiss products from Lenzing that have a zero carbon footprint. 

Our commitment to a lower impact includes washing all ADALÉI garments in COLD water only and never using the dryer, which uses a large amount of unnecessary energy. 

For our fabrics that can be washed, we suggest the following:

For our fabrics that require dry cleaning we suggest choosing a cleaner committed to not using PERC.  In 2012, the EPA classified PERC as a "likely human carcinogen". 

Several of our garments are labeled dry clean only due to the content being a specialty fiber.  Most silk, wool, and other fabrics CAN safely be washed at home, however, you might experience a change in the surface of the fabric or slight shrinkage.  

We understand some customers never dry clean anything. Do you want to pre-test a "dry clean only" garment prior to hand washing? 

We are happy to provide a cutting room floor swatch so you can do your own testing at home prior to washing your garment.  You can let us know you want a swatch in one of two ways. When purchasing, type "wash swatch" in your notes at checkout . We are happy to recycle these scraps so that you can feel confident about whether washing or dry cleaning is best for your ADALÉI garment. 

We use two types of silk in our Ethereal Silk collection.  The silk charmeuse (Gigi) is already pre washed by the mill and able to be washed by hand at home.  However, our crepe de chine (Caroline and Coco) is a standard silk and we cut the design slightly oversized to allow for some shrinkage.  We do NOT PREWASH our crepe de chine silk, for our customers who always dry clean. In our cold water wash testing, we noticed around 1/2" to 1" shrinkage in both the width and length.  Our model Eliza is wearing the Caroline (beige) in S and the Coco (black) in XS to show you the PRE-WASH comparison in sizing.  We also noticed a slight change in the "hand" of the silk, meaning it was not quite at silky.  Never put silk in the dryer.  Please consider these factors when ordering your size. 

Still have a question or just want to double check with us? Email info@adalei.com.