Double brushed poly VS modal jersey

double brushed poly vs modal jersey comparison by Skirt Fixation

This is a comparison of 2 knit fabrics, double brushed poly and modal jersey. They have quite a few things in common, yet each fabric is unique. We hope you find our double brushed poly vs. modal jersey comparison helpful.

Find our comparison of the fabrics rayon challis vs viscose poplin here.

The modal jersey in these photos can be purchased at CaliFabrics here.

The pattern used for both shirts is the Seafarer Top by Sew Much Ado.

Double Brushed Poly VS modal jersey technical specs:

double brushed poly vs modal jersey comparison by Skirt Fixation

Double brushed poly (also known as DBP:)

Substrate: polyester and spandex

Price: $6.74-$9.74 per yard

Width: 60”

Drape: flowy, but stiffer than modal jersey

Weight: lightweight

Stretch: 4 way 100% and more

Recovery: great, no problem especially with steam on the hems

Feel (temperature): normal body temperature when worn

Fit: clings to body, but not excessively unless the pattern used has negative ease

Breathability: less breathability, good fabric for fall and winter

Weave: tight, not transparent at all

Texture: very smooth, and slightly sticky

Care: machine wash cold, tumble dry low.  If line dried, problems with static cling occur in winter or drier regions of the country.

Ease of sewing: serger=great, sewing machine=stretched out some, but easily returned to original shape when steamed

Modal Jersey:

double brushed poly vs modal jersey comparison by Skirt Fixation

Substrate: modal and spandex

Price: $5.99-$7.99 per yard

Width: 60”

Drape: very drape-y, fluid drape

Weight: lightweight midweight

Stretch: 4 way 125% horizontal 100% vertical

Recovery: great, no problem especially with steam on the hems

Feel (temperature): slightly cooler than body temperature when worn

Fit: skims over curves and drapes beautifully on body

Breathability: good fabric for any season

Weave: tight, not transparent at all

Texture: very smooth and super soft

Care: machine wash cold, tumble dry low

Ease of sewing: serger=great, sewing machine=great

double brushed poly vs modal jersey comparison by Skirt Fixation

Now for some side by side comparisons.  Here are each of the shirts from the front.  You can see the differences in drape especially in the area around the hips.  The modal flows and drapes like liquid.  The double brushed poly shapes straight to the body.  You can also see the differences in the thicknesses of the fabrics in the underarm area.  The modal is thicker, but because of the beautiful drape, it folds easily.  The double brushed poly is a thinner fabric, and has soft folds, and is very comfortable next to the skin.

double brushed poly vs modal jersey comparison by Skirt Fixation

From the side you can see the differences in the fit caused by the fabrics.  The modal falls softly into the curve of the back and drapes over the hips.  The double brushed poly skims the curves on the front, but does not fall into the inward curvature of the spine.

double brushed poly vs modal jersey comparison by Skirt Fixation

In the back view, you can once again compare the drape and fit.  The modal just floats around the body and softly flows over the curves.  The double brushed poly skims the upper back, and stands away from the waist, then skims across the hips.

  Did you find this side by side comparison of double brushed poly vs modal jersey helpful?  

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Audrey, a mom of 9, sews and blogs at Skirt Fixation, your home for everything skirt related! There's lots of other sewing goodness too...after all can't leave the boys out of sewing adventures! She also designs and sells pattern through Project Run & Play.

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