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Custom Printed Lycra Matte

From $20

  • Alternate Text 90% poly / 10% lycra
  • Alternate Text1.48yd Max Width
  • Alternate Text Sublimation inks
  • Alternate Text 4.13oz
  • Alternate Text Clothing and Dressmaking
  • Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Ink
  • Alternate Text Hemming Available
  • Alternate Text Quick delivery to all US states
Alternate Text Ships in 1 - 2 days. US delivery $9.95 Delivery options

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Product Description

Heavy Matte Lycra Fabric Printing draped pleats

Lycra Matte
Made up of 90% polyester and 10% elastane, this soft, elasticated custom printed lycra is so thin it falls over your hands effortlessly and the drape is smooth and easy. The fabric has a matte quality to it that leaves a soft, subtle sheen to the fabric surface.

Heavy Matte Lycra
Made up of 92% polyester and 8% elastane, this Lycra Matte is similar in feel and texture to the other lighter version, but is slightly thicker and known as our Power Lycra.

Certification

  • certificate img Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Ink
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Care instructions

Wash at 86°F, low tumble dry heat, hang to dry, do not wring, low heat iron.

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Order a fabric test print $3.95

How it works

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Upload your design

We automatically apply your design to the product you selected

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Make it perfect

Use our smart tools to get it exactly right and select the finishing options

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Preview & checkout

Confirm your designs with our 3D previews and checkout with confidence

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1-2 Days Production

Sit back and relax. Your product is on its way!

How our pricing works

Standard fabric sizes

Our pricing is based on the quantity and dimensions of the products you order. The more you order, the better price you’ll get. We also offer lower pricing for larger dimensions, students and wholesalers.

Finishing price list

cut and sew

We have a full Cut & Sew service here at Contrado, and are able to hem your fabric prints for a small additional charge per meter.

  • Folded hem (black or white thread)
  • Overlock hem (black or white thread)
  • Cut on the line

You can choose to have your prints hemmed with either black or white thread. The hemming material allowances can be found in our Print guidelines & finishing section of our FAQs.

View our full FAQs

We offer discounts

We offer discounts on all our products, including bulk, quantity and student discounts. Enjoy great deals whether you're a small business, designer, or student.

Volume discount Wholesale Students
Based on Sq yd Up to 44% Up to 25%
Discounts
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  • ≥ 0.5 yd2: $48/sq yds
  • ≥ 1 yd2: $45/sq yds
  • ≥ 4 yd2: $44/sq yds
  • ≥ 12 yd2: $43/sq yds 2.7% Discount
  • ≥ 24 yd2: $42/sq yds 5.4% Discount
  • ≥ 36 yd2: $41/sq yds 8.1% Discount
  • ≥ 48 yd2: $39/sq yds 10.8% Discount
  • ≥ 60 yd2: $31/sq yds 29.7% Discount

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Custom Printed Lycra Matte

From $20

  • Alternate Text 90% poly / 10% lycra
  • Alternate Text1.48yd Max Width
  • Alternate Text Sublimation inks
  • Alternate Text 4.13oz
  • Alternate Text Clothing and Dressmaking
  • Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Ink
  • Alternate Text Hemming Available
  • Alternate Text Quick delivery to all US states
Alternate Text Ships in 1 - 2 days. US delivery $9.95 Delivery options

We also offer

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Wholesale and student discount from no minimum to bulk orders

View discounts

Swatch packs and color charts available for as little as $0.95 with express delivery

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Surface Textures

All soft and smooth, the elasticated fabric molds well to the body and hugs the figure, taking on various shapes and returning to its original shape after. The two Lycras we provide all have soft front and back surfaces making them ideal for clothing.

Print Detail

All made with a white base tone, the Lycras print clearly and leave very defined lines allowing for your design to have the utmost detail. All are slightly opaque, so light shines through the fabric easily.

Usage

Lycra Matte - Lycra is bacteria resistant by nature, moisture-wicking, and quick-drying. These and other qualities of this material make it perfect for garments like dresses, booty shorts, bodysuits, and leggings. Heavy Matte Lycra - Very elasticated and flexible making it a perfect sports material, for example as bicycle shorts or sports accessories.

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Print Guideline

  • DPI-Print Guideline Icon

    What's the best resolution to print in?

    We print at 200dpi, which is a good combination of quality and file weight. Ideally, your image should be scaled to 100% at 200dpi; this means that no resizing of your file occurs, preventing any interpolation. Our design interface will have a quality marker next to the design that you have uploaded, this will change color using a traffic light system and display a message. The message will let you know if the resolution is too low or if you have a good quality image.

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    How will my image scale?

    When you upload your design our system will automatically scale it to fit your chosen fabric dimensions. In the ‘Product Options’ tab, the displayed dimensions under ‘Print Size’ will show the dimensions of the piece of fabric that you are ordering. For image/design dimensions you need to see the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab. You can see and edit the dimensions of the image under the quality information next to the thumbnail.

  • RGB-CMYK Print Guideline Icon

    Which color model should I choose? RGB or CMYK?

    We advise providing images in the RGB color space. Specifically using the sRGB image profile, to achieve best color results. What does this mean? In your editing software, choose RGB as the working space and assign the image profile as sRGB (full name sRGB IEC61966-2.1)

  • Print-Roll Length Fabric Guide Icon

    Maximum dimensions

    For most of our fabrics, there is no limit on the length of the fabric that you can order. We have a preview design window set up to 10 yds max to visualize the print, but that's not a print limit. If you'd like to order more, increase the quantity (x2 for 20 yds or x4 for 40 yds for e.g.) and then you can order as much as you'd like, with a built in automatic volume discount too. The maximum print width of each fabric can be found on the individual fabric pages or in our design interface.

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    Do I need to incorporate white space within my design if I want a border or some cutting space?

    Yes, that might help you! Always incorporate any extra space or borders into your purchased fabric size. We trim squarely around fabric samples and fabric prints, leaving approximately 0.2" white space. Cutting neatly on the line has an additional fee.

  • Crocking

    What is crocking and why might it occur?

    Crocking, which is fading along the creases, often after washing or heavy use, occurs when you digitally print on natural fabrics - more so when dark or dense colors are used. It can be minimized by using a cool hand wash instead of machine washing as the tumbling of the machine is the main cause of this. To avoid entirely, we would advise using a poly fabric.

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    Why do the colors appear lighter on organic fabrics?

    Our organic fabrics do not have any coatings that the non-organic fabrics have. This means the ink absorbs into the fibers, reducing the color strength slightly (by approx. -40%). For super strong colors we recommend a non-organic natural fabric.

  • Transfer-Print Guideline Icon

    Do you print on fabric a customer supplies?

    Unfortunately not; we like to test meticulously so that we know what gets the best results on our fabrics, and our facilities cater perfectly to them. We do however print sublimation transfer paper to order, and if you have access to a heat press you can press your own fabrics easily.

  • Jpeg-Tiff Print Guideline Icon

    Should I save my file as a TIFF or JPEG?

    For multi-colored or very detailed files we recommend using a tiff format, but they must be flattened. For simple colors and low detail files, a jpeg is fine.

  • Shrinkage-Print Guideline Icon

    What is the situation with material shrinkage?

    Just like many fabric printing processes, there is the potential for shrinkage. Depending on the fabric, please expect and allow between 2-8% shrinkage which you need to plan for in your dimensions. This percentage can vary from print run to print run and between fabrics, so we would advise to order a little more material than you require for your project.

  • Print-Both Sides Print Guideline Icon

    Can I print on both sides of the fabric?

    We do not offer to print on both sides of the fabric, as a lot of our fabrics are semi-transparent or have some show through. This wouldn't work with double-sided printing. This is not a service that we offer on any of our fabrics.

  • Labels-Print Guideline Icon

    Can I order labels in another fabric? Will you cut them like you do with the normal fabric labels?

    At the moment no, our labels are all printed on the same satin fabric. We may introduce more in the future, but for now, this is the best choice. The labels are all cut the same way. You can order the fabric of your choice and make the labels yourself, but we do not cut different fabric into label format.

  • Eco friendly Printing

    How is your fabric printing eco-friendly?

    With environmental consciousness in mind, our fabrics are all printed using completely water-based inks. This means no chemicals or solvents are used. Our heat fixing procedure fixes the colors and prints, avoiding the downsides of steaming, such as excess or contaminated water returning into the waste system. We have one facility where we conduct all the printing, production and fulfillment. Rather than roll the fabrics, or send them in a tube, we fold them before they are sent out to you. This saves over 150 tubes a week, as well as a lot of space on the delivery van. (For delicate fabrics we ensure to package appropriately).

  • Color Differences

    Why are there slight color differences between my orders?

    We work at improving our color profiles all the time. Though rare, it may happen that from one print run to another, and there could be slight color differences, this is normal and part of the process when we are constantly improving. It is extremely unlikely that there will be a huge difference (like orange instead of red for example). Please bear in mind such color variations can be intensified from fabric to fabric due to the varying grains and textures of the fabric. This is due to the construction of the materials as well as the print methods that have to be altered slightly for more delicate, natural textiles.




Sizing For Hemming And Shrinkage

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We have a full Cut & Sew service here at Contrado, and are able to hem your fabric prints for a small additional charge. We create a small one- or two-fold hem that typically uses 0.2" to 0.75" (5-20mm) of material, depending on the thickness of the fabric. So, for example, if you want a finished piece of fabric that measures 39.37" x 39.37", you will need to order a size of 39.96" x 39.96" to allow for the hem (on top of that please also allow for shrinkage of min 2%). The thicker the fabric, the bigger the hem will be. You can choose to have your prints hemmed with either Black or White thread. On our silk and other light woven fabrics, one hemmed edge will be straight (vertically down the roll) and the other will be slightly rippled. The hemming material allowances are as follows and you need to make your print bigger to accommodate the hem:

  • Light Fabrics (0.59oz-2.95oz): For silks and other light fabrics, we use 0.24" - 0.32" / 6mm-8mm in the hem (2 fold), so overall width/height will be minus 0.48"-0.56""/ 12-16mm
  • Medium Fabrics (2.98oz-5.90oz): For medium-weight fabrics that fray, we use 0.5 - 0.75" / 15-20mm in the hem (2 fold) so overall width/height will be minus 1.4" - 1.6" / 35-40mm
  • Stiff/Heavy/No-fray fabrics: we use 0.5 - 0.75" / 15-20mm in the hem (1 fold) so overall width/height will be minus 1.5" / 35-40mm

All of these measurements are approximate and can vary. Including with shrinkage, it can mean a fairly significant difference to ordered dimensions, so please plan your print accordingly. Depending on how open the weave is, our fabric can shrink anywhere from 2% to 8% with the average being 2.5%.

How Would you Like the Edge?

We have four finishing options for your fabric order: 
  • As it comes. We cut around your image, leaving a simply scissor cut, perhaps uneven white fabric border. 
  • Hem with thread. We can hem your fabric with a choice of black or white thread. Please allow 1-2 days additional production time. See below for information on how hemming affects the size of your print. We offer an overlock hem, as well as a folded hem (one or two fold depending on the fabric) however not all fabrics are suited to both hem types. If you can see both options, it means both are suitable, and you will be able to choose whichever you prefer. 
  • Cut on the line. We will cut neatly on the edge of your design. This means that if you have a border around your design we will cut around that border, if your design takes the whole space of the fabric, then we will neatly cut around the edge of that image. Please be aware, when we cut along the line, we have to cut against the grain of the fabric. This is the standard procedure for fabric cutting. This means that with some fabrics, for example, Georgette and Mulmul, which have a slight wave in them, some fraying will occur. This is unavoidable, as the cut follows the grain of the textile. 

All of our fabrics are cut manually by hand, with the utmost care and attention. If your fabric has a slightly uneven look on the edges or a touch of fraying, this does not indicate a flaw in the textile. It is not always possible to achieve a perfectly straight cut with certain fabrics, so please do bare this in mind when it comes to your design. If you have any queries or would like to know about our cutting methods in more detail, please get in touch and we will be more than happy to discuss them with you.

Please note: As we make everything by hand, all sizes may vary slightly.

For further information about our fabrics see our FAQs.

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Is This a Suitable Material to Use in a Cosplay Costume?

This is a great and popular material for using in Cosplay, as it is a stretchy, breathable, and lightweight fabric. It is great for activewear and available in both matte and soft sheen. So take your pick and get designing!

Can I Use This for Making Sportswear?

The properties of this fabric make it ideal for sportswear, and here at Contrado, we use it to make yoga wear and leggings.

Does the Lycra Wear out Quickly?

This is a highly durable material, so frequent use will not cause it to wear out quickly. Please use away and enjoy the results!

Alternate Text Certifications
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Martindale > 20,000 revs

Fabric withstood Martindale rub test to 20,000 revolutions. What you can say to your customers: Suitable for use in medium wear applications.

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BS 5722:1984. Flammability for nightwear

This fabric complies with the flammability performance requirements of The Nightwear (Safety) Regulations 1985. (Statutory Instrument 1985 No 2043)

Tags

    • Medium (2.98-7.34 osy)

    • Soft

    • Mat

    • Opaque

    • Clothing and Dressmaking

    • Smooth

    • Swimwear

    • Sublimation

    • Cosplay

    • Wicking

    • Technical

    • Sports

    • Stretch

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