The same fabric used in sports jerseys and shorts, athletic net is a poly or poly/spandex knit with teardrop-shaped holes.
The non-stretch version, shown above in blue is 100% poly, and has 30% crosswise mechanical stretch and 15% lengthwise mechanical stretch. The surface is very smooth and shiny.
The stretch version, shown above in black, is 90/10 poly/spandex, and has 50% crosswise stretch and 30% lengthwise stretch. The surface is smooth, but not as shiny as the blue version.
I made my very first Iris Bralette prototype out of the black athletic mesh, and it was purely an experiment to see what I could do with this fabric. It was part of a grab bag, and since I'm not really a sportswoman, I wasn't sure what to do with it. I was very surprised with the results, and found the bralette very comfortable with about medium support.
Atheltic net creates a very sporty bra or bralette, if feminine fabrics aren't your thing. The surface is very smooth to wear under clothing. The holes in the mesh provided air circulation, which was much appreciated in the hot summer weather.
Once the fabric became damp with sweat, it didn't dry out on the body, so this could be a problem in very humid weather or if the bralette is worn for exercising.
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