What is Brushed Poly- 96% polyester 4% spandex
Brushed polyester, having many abbreviated names such as DBP, BP, Brushed poly, with few properties separating the names is such a hit these days. I think it’s safe to say brushed polyester owes much of its popularity in the fabric industry to Lularoe. Putting the abbreviations for this fabric aside it all comes from the same fabric base which is called DTY. DTY stands for “drawn texturised yarn”. In short, DTY is a polyester based fabric with a cotton feel. It’s produced to have durability qualities and retention properties. Now what happens when you take the base fabric DTY and put it through the brushing machines you get brushed polyester or double brushed polyester if brushed on both sides. These machines are used in a lot of or daily wear fabrics. Anything that is labeled “brushed” has likely gone through this process. Brushed Polyester (and other brushed fabrics such as brushed hacci, brushed french terry, or the like!) undergoes a mechanical brushing process where metal brushes with very fine tips meticulously “comb” the fabric raising the layer from its previous surface. Which then mimics a smooth, slightly fuzzy (or very fuzzy if done to fabrics such as french terry or hacci.) surface providing warmth within the fabric! Because brushed polyester is a polyester blend it is less breathable than cotton or bamboo products therefore not super ideal for hot humid climates, however it makes an amazing product for cooler climates! Some of my favorite uses for garments in brushed polyester are athletic leggings, skirts, shirts, tops and tanks, and even dresses!