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Date: 4/19/04 10:08 PM

Flannel makes me think of plaid lumberjack shirts and flannelette makes me think of baby blankets.  Is there a difference or are these two interchangable terms for the same thing?  

And what about the 100% cotton "chamois" that Joann's is selling these days?  Feels like the flannel they're selling, only heavier.

Inquiring minds want to know,

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Date: 4/20/04 0:29 AM

The terms are used interchangebly.  There are 3 basic types of cotton flannel:

1) Flannel.  This is a cotton woven that is brushed on one or both sides.  It is usually $7-10/yd, often called quilter's flannel. Since it's printed on finer cotton wovens before napping, prints can be more detailed.  Used in shirts, expensive sleepwear and quilts.   The face feels sueded, bach may or may not be napped..

2) Yarn Dyed Flannel.  Made with flannelled (fuzzy) multi-colored yarns - always plaids or ginghams.  Usually has a lower fuzz-factor than flanellette making it more suitable for shirts, lounge pants, sheets and jacket linings.  Available in soft (for sheets and shirts) and tough weaves (for lumberjacks and horse tack).

3) Flanelette (of Flette in the trade).  Woven with flannelled  yarns.  This is the low end soft and fuzzy flannel, $2-4/yd.  Used for PJs, pillow cases, rag quilts, diapers, and sheets.

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Date: 4/20/04 7:32 AM

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Flanelette (of Flette in the trade).  Woven with flannelled  yarns.  This is the low end soft and fuzzy flannel
 can also be used as an interlining .

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Date: 4/20/04 9:34 AM

Thanks for the info, you two!

Looks like I bought the right stuff.  Following the recommendations in a couple of couture books, I'll be using it for the foundation/corselette of a formal gown I'm making.  I don't think I ever would have picked it on my own for that purpose, but what do I know....

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Date: 4/20/04 4:33 PM

I used the 100% cotton chamois from Joann's in 2 garments.  It shrinks and fluffs when washed.  It came out of the dryer very soft and nice feeling.  It's pretty weak, tears very easily.  It's warm and comfortable.  I used it to line a jacket, and it makes the jacket feel snuggly warm when I put it on, but a slippery fabric in the sleeves would be a better lining fabric.  I also made a big shirt out of it, and it has ripped and shredded in the underarms.  

Those were 2 different fabrics.  The jacket lining one was a solid, and the big shirt was a print.  The print didn't fluff as much as the solid.  I haven't  had trouble with the solid tearing.  Both garments are dolman sleeved.  

The solid left a lot of lint in the dryer.  The print did not.

I don't know if I recommend it.  The solid one has worked great, but the print one is crap.  It might be the pattern, too.  The jacket is great.  The big shirt is crap.  I think it would be a wonderful fabric for underlining a jacket for warmth.

It doesn't wrinkle.

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