Burnout Jersey

Burnout jersey fabric is a type of fabric technique where a pattern is created by chemically "burning out" (dissolving) parts of the fabric, resulting in a semi-transparent design on a more solid background. This technique is often applied to blends of fibers like cotton/polyester or silk/rayon, where one type of fiber is dissolved, and the other remains intact, creating an interesting contrast between the two. In the case of burnout jersey fabric, the base fabric is typically a jersey knit.

Characteristics of burnout jersey fabric include:

  1. Unique Design: The most distinctive characteristic of burnout fabric is its pattern. The burnout process creates unique, semi-transparent designs that can range from simple to intricate, depending on the pattern that is chemically burned out.

  2. Lightweight and Soft: Burnout jersey fabric is typically lightweight, soft, and comfortable to wear due to its combination of jersey knit and the burnout process. The areas where the fabric has been burned out are particularly soft.

  3. Versatility: Burnout jersey fabric can be used for a variety of clothing items, including t-shirts, dresses, and more. It's particularly popular in casual and loungewear due to its comfortable feel and unique look.

  4. Durability: While the burnout process may make the fabric appear delicate, it's generally durable and can hold up well with proper care. However, it may be less durable than non-burnout fabric because parts of the fabric have been intentionally thinned and weakened.

  5. Care: Burnout jersey fabric should be washed gently to maintain its unique look. Hand washing or machine washing on a gentle cycle with cold water is often recommended. It's usually best to air-dry these garments, as the heat of a dryer could potentially damage the delicate, burned-out areas.

Remember that the exact properties of a burnout jersey fabric can vary depending on the specific blend of fibers used, so it's always best to check the care instructions provided with the fabric or garment.


Burnout jersey fabric, given its delicate and unique design, requires special care to maintain its appearance and longevity. Here are some general guidelines for taking care of burnout jersey fabric:


  1. Check Care Labels: Always start by checking the care label for specific washing instructions. If no instructions are available, default to the gentlest methods.

  2. Cold Water: Wash the fabric in cold water to prevent fading and to maintain the integrity of the burnout design.

  3. Gentle Cycle: If you are using a washing machine, select the gentle cycle to avoid undue stress on the fabric. Alternatively, consider hand washing your garment.

  4. Mild Detergent: Use a mild, bleach-free detergent to avoid damaging or discoloring the fabric.


  1. Air Dry: The heat from dryers can be damaging to delicate fabrics, and burnout jersey is no exception. Air drying is the best option. Lay the garment flat on a clean, dry towel and reshape it to its original form.

  2. Avoid Direct Sunlight: If possible, avoid drying in direct sunlight, as it could cause the color of the fabric to fade.


  1. Low Heat: If ironing is necessary, use a low heat setting to avoid damaging the fabric.

  2. Inside Out: Consider ironing the garment inside out or use a press cloth to protect the fabric.


  1. Folding: Fold the garment instead of hanging it to maintain its shape and avoid stretching.

  2. Cool, Dry Place: Store in a cool, dry place. Avoid areas with direct sunlight or high humidity.

Additional Considerations:

Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals on burnout jersey fabric, as they could damage the material. Also, because of the fabric's unique design, be cautious of sharp objects, including jewelry, which might snag or tear the fabric.

Remember that the specific blend of fibers in your burnout jersey fabric may have its own care requirements. Always check for and follow any specific care instructions provided with the garment or fabric.