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The Many Benefits of Modal Fabric for Kids
I was surprised when I first learned that Lucky & Me children's underwear uses modal for girls and boys underwear and other clothing. In all my years producing lingerie for Victoria’s Secret, we never used modal – What a miss! Modal fabric has some amazing properties that make it perfectly-suited for anything worn next to the skin, and it’s especially well-suited for toddler and children's underwear.

 

As soon as you touch Lucky & Me products made with modal, you will feel the luxurious difference the silky modal yarn provides our fabric blend. And your child may say something similar to my daughter’s reaction when she first tried on the Annika Boyshorts: “Mom, these undies are so comfy!!” She loves the super-soft feel of modal underwear, and we think your kids will love these special qualities, too.

Does Modal Shrink?

Modal is 50% more resistant to shrinkage than cotton. So blending modal with cotton keeps your kids’ undies fitting long after 100%-cotton garments would have shrunk down a size. And have you ever noticed how cotton underwear often twists after washing? This means side seams get out of skew or the leg openings are not symmetrical. This is due to uneven shrinkage - modal helps our garments keep their shape.

How absorbent is modal fabric?

Modal fabric is 50% more absorbent than cotton so moisture is absorbed into the fabric. No more clammy cotton! Your little ones will stay dry and comfy throughout each busy day.

Is modal fabric breathable?

Because modal material is made from Beechwood pulp, its natural properties allow breathability so sweat and moisture are quickly released and not trapped next to the skin.

Will modal underwear last?

Modal is very stable and will hold up to your children’s active lifestyle. The fabric resists pilling and the fun colors and prints will remain bright longer than cotton undies.

There are so many different types of fabrics out there that it can be confusing to know what is what. From organic cotton to rayon to modal, it's hard to know the difference. That's why we're giving you the straight scoop about modal fabric so you can better understand this fabric.

What is modal fabric?

Modal fabric is a super soft fiber made from beech trees. In clothing you often see it combined with cotton and spandex. It is considered a semi-synthetic because the raw material, cellulose, is a natural material which is then turned into fiber using an environmentally-friendly chemical process. Modal is classified as a bio-based textile, which means it was made from a substance derived from living organisms.

How is modal made?

A very common question is what material is modal? Modal comes from sustainably harvested beech trees, which are a renewable cellulosic plant. It is biodegradable and eco-friendly because of its natural content. The beech wood cellulose is mashed into liquid, turned into fiber, and woven into fabric.

How do you wash modal?

Modal can be cared for with the same guidelines you use for cotton. You can wash it in any temperature, and tumble dry in accordance with the directions on the label. Avoid chlorine bleach as it can weaken the fiber. For more guidance on using the right water temperature, read our blog post Laundry Temperature - Hot, Warm, or Cold Water?

What are the benefits of modal fabric?

Durable

It’s lightweight and durable, and resistant to pilling. It also won’t get that crunchiness to it after a lot of washes like some cotton blends do. Clothing made with modal is very hand-me-downable. Fabric made with modal resists pilling and shrinking. It stands up to multiple washings without losing its shape.  

Breathable 

Since it’s made from trees, it is naturally breathable. This means that sweat and moisture won’t be trapped next to the skin.

Absorbent

It’s 50% more absorbent than cotton, so your child will stay dry and comfy throughout the day.

Resistant to shrinkage

Clothing made with modal won’t shrink like 100% cotton products do.

Colors stay vibrant

Modal holds dye easily, so the colors will stay vibrant even after many washes. So your child's favorite fun colors and prints will last longer.

Super Soft

Modal is known for being super soft. That’s a big part of what makes it perfect for our products! 

Click below for all Lucky & Me products made with Modal.

cotton modal collection

 


By Liz Smith. Liz has worked across the globe for many of the world's best known apparel brands, including Justice, Chico's, Victoria's Secret, and Hanes. She has worked closely with dozens of factories in more than 20 countries to ensure that production is of the highest standard. Liz has managed all aspects of garment production, from design through fabric development to sewing and merchandising - so she knows what it takes to make high-quality apparel. Liz is thrilled to share her knowledge about clothes to help discerning customers choose the finest products. 

Comments

Liz:

Hi Margaret,

We have never tried to tie dye our cotton modal blends, so we’re reluctant to answer this question. Especially not knowing the specific makeup of your shirt fabric, thread, and trims. However, modal itself is very accepting of dyes, so it should be possible. If it’s possible, we suggest testing a portion of your shirt that is not visible to see how it works out. Good luck!

Jul 03, 2020

Margaret mcCrary:

Can you tye dye modal cotton fabric?
Specifically a shirt.

Thank you!
Margaret

Jul 03, 2020

Nelda Basenberg:

I had very good luck bringing a pair of pants back to their original size by soaking them in several tablespoons of conditioner mixed with water and hanging them to dry. They had shrunk in length in the dryer and using the conditioner combined with hanging them to dry returned them to their original length. You might give it a try on your garment to see if it will help. The conditioner shouldn’t harm it even if it doesn’t help. Good luck.

Feb 05, 2020

Ellie Davis:

I never knew that modal fabric will be a great option to provide you a soft sensation since they are made from beech trees. My husband and I are thinking about working out more this year, and we are looking for advice to choose the best clothing. I will let him know about the benefits of modal fabric to help him decide.

Feb 05, 2020

reyne orth:

i have sheets made out of 58% polyester and 42%modal. how do I get out an ink stain?

Feb 05, 2020

Liz Smith:

We are not familiar with blends of polyester and modal, so we recommend following the instructions here for suggestions on how to remove ink from your sheets. We do always recommend following the wash instructions on your fabric item, and testing any unusual methods before applying to an entire garment or other fabric product.

Feb 05, 2020

Annie:

I didn’t hear her say unshrinkable!. I heard shrink-resistent everytime.
I’m enthralled by all the information that’s on this page, and feel my knowledge has been expenancially heightened. Thank you Liz.

Feb 05, 2020

Liz Smith:

Hi Annie,

I’m so glad you find our information helpful! We hope to provide helpful information to all our customers.

Liz

Feb 05, 2020

Liz Smith:

Hi Frances,

This is a very good question! Over time, with repeated wash cycles, spandex can break down – and this is also related to the amount of spandex in the garment. Because of the nature of spandex, it’s quite likely that the fibers are permanently stretched out. If you are willing to take the risk, you could try washing one shirt in hot water, and put it in the dryer. However as heat can damage spandex, I will be pleasantly surprised if this works! Please keep us posted – we would love to know how this turns out.

Liz

Feb 05, 2020

Liz Smith:

Hi Margaret,

Your modal item should be resistant to wrinkling. However, for delicate items we recommend squeezing the water out, rather than twisting. This will help preserve the shape of your garment. Thank you for your question!

Feb 05, 2020

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