These are the Many Benefits of Using Modal Fabric

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I was surprised when I first learned that Lucky & Me children’s underwear uses modal. 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 wonderful for our precious children.

As soon as you touch the Lucky & Me kid’s clothes, 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 you will love these special qualities, too:

Does Modal Shrink?

Shrinkage Resistance: 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 and modal helps our garments keep their shape.

How absorbent is modal fabric?

Absorbency: 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?

Breathability: 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 easily rip?

Durability: 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. In our recent post, we’re breaking down more about modal fabric so you can better understand this fabric, that’s very similar to cotton.

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 model? 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 it?

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.

What are the benefits of modal fabric?

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.

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

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.

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

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Liz Smith has worked across the globe for many of the world’s major apparel brands, including Victoria’s Secret, Chico’s, Justice, and Hanes. She has earned thousands of airline points and worn out several suitcases visiting 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.

12 comments on “These are the Many Benefits of Using Modal Fabric

  1. Margaret Harris on

    Do shirts with Moldol Need to be ironed? Do they look better if they are and if so at what temperature for iron?

  2. Kasey Ng on

    As Sherri said, Modal is not what you say it is. Yes it is extremely soft and stretchy and comfortable, however it is not as durable as you make it sound, and it definitely twists- A LOT. You said that it is okay to dry modal fabrics on low, but this is not correct. You should not dry it in the dryer at all. Hang dry straight or lay flat to dry. Using the dryer on any temperature will cause it to twist; Just like how drying rayon fabrics will cause it to drastically shrink.

  3. Sara on

    Knit cotton garments usually torque/twist after washing because the fabric is knit on a circular knitting machine with multiple yarn feeds (for speed) that are staggered one behind the other. By the time one feed has cycled around, there are many rows below it from the previous feeds. Meaning, the rows are spiraling upwards. For example, if you have 1 feed in white and 10 in red, you would see a thin white stripe with an or so of red in between (depending on yarn thickness).

    • Liz Smith on

      Modal works very well for summer – especially when blended with cotton. It’s breathable and absorbent, properties which help keep us cool and dry. And modal’s softness and drape provide cool comfort during the hottest months. We definitely recommend modal for summer!

    • Liz Smith on

      Your modal dress may shrink a little – modal shrinks about 50% less than cotton, which is one of its benefits! However, the amount of shrinkage also depends on whether it has been pre-shrunk by Old Navy. Your best bet would be to check with them first – and then decide whether to exchange for a smaller size or try to shrink it. Good luck!

  4. Jane on

    Liz, I have a large scarf made of thin modal fabric. I would like to cut it to a smaller size so would you recommend cutting or ripping the fabric? Thanks in advance for your reply.

    • Liz Smith on

      Hi Jane – It’s a bit difficult for me to answer without seeing your scarf. I would recommend to cut it since then you can control the shape and size. If you rip, and the fabric is not already straight, the rip could go off into a different shape. I hope this is helpful! Liz

  5. Liz Smith on

    I’m sorry you had this experience with modal. Sometimes there can be an issue in the sewing that causes twisting. If the fabric is not laid quite straight in the cutting process, or if it is cut on the bias, this can result in twisting. Typically, though, modal is quite stable and should not twist like this when cared for according to the instructions.

  6. Sherri on

    Modal is not as you say it is. I just purchased 4 tops made with this, washed them on cold, gentle. All 4 shirts are twisted.

    • Anne on

      Sherri. I just bought two shirts that are a blend of modal (40%) and cotton (60%). Just curious… were the four shirts you mention made of a blend, or 100% modal, or other? Thank you.


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