ASTM D3995 - 14

    Standard Performance Specification for Men’s and Women’s Knitted Career Apparel Fabrics: Dress and Vocational

    Active Standard ASTM D3995 | Developed by Subcommittee: D13.61

    Book of Standards Volume: 07.01


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Upon mutual agreement between the purchaser and the seller, fabrics intended for this end use should meet all of the requirements listed in Table 1 of this specification.

    5.2 It is recognized that for purposes of fashion or aesthetics the ultimate consumer of articles made from these fabrics may find acceptable fabrics that do not conform to all of the requirements in Table 1. Therefore, one or more of the requirements listed in Table 1 may be modifed by mutual agreement between the purchaser and the seller.

    5.2.1 In such cases, any references to the specification shall specify that: “This fabric meets ASTM Specification D3995 except for the following characteristic(s).”

    5.3 Where no prepurchase agreement has been reached between the purchaser and the seller, and in case of controversy, the requirements listed in Table 1 are intended to be used as a guide only. As noted in 5.2, ultimate consumer demands dictate varying performance parameters for any particular style of fabric.

    5.4 The significance and use of particular properties and test methods are discussed in the appropriate sections of the specified test methods.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This performance specification covers the minimum performance requirements for men's and women's knitted fabrics for dress and vocational career apparel composed of any textile fiber or mixtures of textile fibers.

    1.2 This performance specification is not applicable to career apparel fabrics such as those used in protective clothing, that do not patently fit the categories Career Apparel or Career Apparel, Dress (see Terminology D7022 for these terms). Minimum performance specifications for such fabrics should be as agreed between the purchaser and the seller.

    1.3 These requirements apply to the length and width directions for those factors where each fabric direction is pertinent.

    1.4 The following precautionary statement pertains only to the test methods portion, Section 7, of this specification. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    AATCC Methods

    AATCC116 Colorfastness to Crocking, Rotary Vertical Crockmeter Method

    AATCC124 Smoothness Appearance of Fabrics After Repeated Home Laundering

    AATCC132 Colorfastness to Drycleaning

    AATCC135 Dimensional Changes of Fabrics After Home Laundering

    AATCC15 Colorfastness to Perspiration

    AATCC16.3 Colorfastness to Light

    AATCC172 Colorfastness to Powdered Non-Chlorine Bleach in Home Laundering

    AATCC188 Colorfastness to Sodium Hypochlorite Bleach in Home Laundering

    AATCC23 Colorfastness to Burnt Gas Fumes

    AATCC61 Colorfastness to Laundering: Accelerated

    AATCC8 Colorfastness to Crocking: Crockmeter Method

    EvaluationProcedure1 Gray Scale for Color Change

    EvaluationProcedure2 Gray Scale for Staining

    EvaluationProcedure8 Chromatic 9-Step Transference Scale

    ASTM Standards

    D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles

    D2724 Test Methods for Bonded, Fused, and Laminated Apparel Fabrics

    D2905 Practice for Statements on Number of Specimens for Textiles

    D3786 Test Method for Bursting Strength of Textile Fabrics--Diaphragm Bursting Strength Tester Method

    D3787 Test Method for Bursting Strength of Textiles--Constant-Rate-of-Traverse (CRT) Ball Burst Test

    D7022 Terminology Relating to Apparel

    Federal Standard

    16 CFR 1610 Standard for Flammability of Clothing Textiles


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 61.020 (Clothes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D3995

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D3995-14, Standard Performance Specification for Men’s and Women’s Knitted Career Apparel Fabrics: Dress and Vocational, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014, www.astm.org

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