Lycra FitSense technology is a water-based, solvent-free dispersion that is comprised of the same molecule as Lycra spandex fiber. The dispersion is screen-printed directly onto the bra fabric, increasing the power of the fabric in precise areas. The power increase in the bra cup reduces nipple protrusion while providing symmetrical support, shaping and lift for the bustline–reducing or eliminating the need for sewn-in panels or insertable pads.
Zones of support can be applied to the bottom and sides of the bra cup for shaping, as well as the wing for maximum comfort and smoothing. Lycra FitSense also can be applied between fabric layers in the bra cup while retaining the original fabric aesthetics.
“With Lycra FitSense technology, the print does the work of the pad and enables brands to build a better bra for all sizes, styles and silhouettes–a true breakthrough development,” said Melissa Stewart, global technology director-R&D materials innovations, at Lycra. “With this new innovation, women have more choices in bras that provide functionality, style and comfort.”
Lycra FitSense technology can be used to design functional bras that are lighter, thinner and more breathable, without sacrificing modesty, all-day comfort, durability, support or shaping. Unlike polyurethane foam that discolors and can move around or even get lost in the wash, Lycra FitSense technology is built into the garment and is highly durable to machine washing and regular wear. In swimwear applications, the technology provides chlorine resistance and fast drying benefits versus foams and dual fabric layers.
“Designs and colors can be easily customized to deliver on-trend fashion cues, from feminine, lacelike designs to sporty geometric shapes, that satisfy all tastes,” Stewart said. “With Lycra FitSense technology, a designer’s imagination is the only creative limitation.”
Lycra FitSense, which achieved the Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex sustainability certification, is applied using standard screen-printing processes, eliminating the need for specialty equipment or major supply chain upgrades. The Lycra Company provides technical guidance to enable brands, retailers, and garment makers to easily access this innovation.