I love this company. I know I’ve mentioned them often before, but put simply, if you do anything with stretch fabrics in Australia then nothing beats these guys … nothing.If you haven’t dealt with them yet and you’re an ABN holder in the game here then you are literally not up to par. In the interests of disclosure, I order 95% of my fabrics through Eclipse Textiles (or at least I used to when I was manufacturing) … and nobody is paying me to say this. I’m a stretch fit pattern maker and I’d be lost without the technical support from Eclipse.
I’m bringing all this up because recently I’ve been looking for a very special technical textile for sublimation printing for my itty bitty evil kitty experiment… usually I choose nylon lycras but this time I’m going to need to use a very special high tech polyester for printing. This makes life really tricky when you’re trying to do lingerie … something usually made using a blend of cotton and lycra (assuming it’s stretchy). But I don’t like cotton blends because they just don’t last as well, they distort and they don’t have the specific feel I need. I’m looking for a 4-way stretch poly that performs as well as nylon lycra but feels like silk and I can use it for everything from undies to leggings … and sublimate it. Tall ask when I also want something really soft AND opaque.
Now this is why I like Eclipse Textiles. Over the last few days one of their reps (the lovely Anja – who really should be their president because she’s so nice) has assisted me with everything from swatches in overnight bags to offering large samples at no charge to requesting a 10m sample direct from Italy of the newest poly stretch technical textile that has never yet been brought into the country because it’s so new … all very professional, easy to chat via email, and incredibly patient with my often somewhat peculiar requests. That’s why I like them! Why can’t every company be this good?