One of the fabrics I’ve ordered a bit of from Spoonflower is the Performance Pique.
Performance Piqué: $20/yard ($18 with designer discount)
100% polyester piqué knit fabric with a moisture-wicking, soil release finishDetails
- 56″ wide printable area (142 cm)
- 4.5 oz per square yard
- Optic White
- Estimated shrinkage: 0-2% in length and width
- See details and images on the Performance Piqué page
- Appropriate for yoga tops, polo shirts, sporty dresses and skirts, headbands, scarves and more
Wash separately in cool or warm water using a gentle machine cycle and phosphate-free detergent. Machine dry using a low temperature setting. If required, use an iron with a light touch on a synthetic setting only. Higher temperatures may result in color transfer and melting of fabric.
I do have to admit, I don’t really like wearing polyester. I really love cottons, especially cotton with a touch of spandex. But, the appeal to trying this was the ‘performance’ aspect, that is, the moisture wicking and stain resistance. I do a lot of yoga and walk several miles every evening, so this seemed like the ideal fabric to use to make my own yoga tops, etc. So I thought what the heck, and ordered a bunch of prints.
I’m so happy I did! Unlike the Performance Knit, which you can read about here, the Pique has a much nicer hand, it’s much thicker and much less flimsy. It’s got a bit more stretch and body, so sewing with it has been much easier.
I went a little crazy with the prints. I love that I have the option to explore my personality. While I do get mostly 1 yard pieces, I do have a few FQs in the mix, just for little projects for Mia. I really think this fabric will make nice sports bras for her.
I’ve discovered that my scissors aren’t exactly sharp enough to cut the Pique crisply (they’re often used for craft and doll projects) but it cut like a dream with my rotary cutter on my mat.
I prewashed a couple cuts and it held up nicely. I lay it flat to dry, I rarely ever actually use a heat drier to dry things, though. The prints remained vivid and there was no pilling.
I’ll report back soon when I finish up my first Pique project!