The difference between mesh, bra tulle, bra lining and powernet

When shopping for fabrics, you see different names for what sometimes is the same fabrics. A lot depends of the part of the world you are living in.

Let’s look at four similar, but not the same fabrics: mesh, bra tulle, stable lining and powernet. These fabrics have the same kind of properties: they stretch but not in the same way and they are fishnet-like but the holes do not have the same shape.

We’ll start with powernet and mesh. A different name for the same fabric. Available in various strengths, stretch percentages and colours.

Usually made in polyamide and thus not so easily dyed as nylon (but that also depends on the dye you are using)

The powernet on this picture is a heavy one.

The holes are more hexagonal, like a honey rate.

Bra tulle is a light but strong fabric. Its’s not the same stuff used for tutu’s and veils. Bra tulle is softer and more drapey.

It can be stretchy, up to 20% and it usually stretches in only one direction.

It’s a much loved fabric for bra makers because it can give your bra sheerness and strength but it’s comfortable at the same time.

Usually made out of nylon so it is excellent for dying!

You can use it to line your bra, but don’t line the bridge with this kind of tulle, unless your main fabric is rigid.

The last fabric, is stable lining. This fabric has a completely different structure in comparison to powernet/mesh and bra tulle. Stable lining has no stretch, not even on the bias because of a square-holed structure.

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