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Date: 11/26/11 8:10 PM

Say, what gives?

I've been trying to find double knit polyester in Toronto fabric shops and online. No dice. No joy.

"Double knit" and doubleknit turn up nothing on almost all online shops, but given the reaction in fabric shops, I cannot be sure the one online shop I found (selling a blah, off-white fabric only) is actually selling a stable, medium-weight knit that looks the same on both sides.

The people in the fabric shops I've asked at (including two Fabriclands) don't even know what I'm talking about when I ask for double knit -- not polyester, not cotton, not nuthin'. The only stable knits I've come across are cotton sweatshirt fleeces -- a fabric I don't want to use. The concept of a stable, medium-weight knit that is the same on both sides seems to flummox everyone. I came across a bolt of something labelled "double knit polyester," but it was a thin, stretchy material!

Has double knit polyester gone completely out of fashion? I know it's not chic or swish, but golly!

I want to make my aunt some reasonably warm, machine-washable, machine-dryable clothes, but not casual sweats. Fleece-backed sweatshirt material won't be appropriate for a blazer-type jacket or for a skirt. If double knit polyester is O-U-T, does anyone have any ideas of what I can use?


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Date: 11/26/11 8:50 PM

Try fabric.com
http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=d62c081c-cd3e-4cfc-a969-46267d2faea1

fabricmartfabrics.com has a high end one:
http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/xcart/813392-Marc-Jacobs-Wool-Double-Knit-Heather-Gray-66-Wide.html

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Date: 11/26/11 10:53 PM

***accidental double post***
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Date: 11/26/11 10:54 PM

I know it's there because When Lucy's was Lucy's Fabrics online about two years ago or a bit less, I bought a lovely darkish forest green double knit cotton fabric. Lovely. It isn't that sticky awful stuff from the 1970s now days. You could get double knit cotton fabric, double knit poly too maybe but I didn't want the poly - the stuff I have is lovely soft yet bottom weight cotton with a touch of spandex and made up into a lovely wearing and feeling pair of pants.

Fabric Mart Double knits

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Date: 11/27/11 9:03 AM

The fabric I would suggest is Sophia knit. Sophia knit, which is a popular fabric made by Logantex, is a medium weight rayon/poly/lycra knit with 25% stretch. It does not look the same on both sides, but it is machine washable and dryable and ideal for making reasonably warm, comfortable and very nice casual jackets, pants and even tops.

You can buy Sophia knt from fabric.com for $11.98 a yard or from Nancy's Notions (where the same exact fabric is called both Sophia knit and Double Knit Stretch) for $9.49 a yard.







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Date: 11/27/11 9:57 AM

Ponte: Ponte di Roma
here's a discussion about Ponte di Roma
Vogue fabrics in Chicago carries it.

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Date: 11/27/11 10:04 AM

Gorgeous Fabrics has a nice selection of double knits:

Double knits

and so does Marcy Tilton: knits - including double, and ponte, etc.


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Date: 11/27/11 12:47 PM

I second Sophia Knits. I hope you're able to find one locally or one through someone with reasonable shipping to you.

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Date: 11/27/11 1:12 PM

Wow! Thanks for the leads!

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Date: 11/27/11 7:28 PM

Doubleknit is a type of knit, it can be made of different fibers, including cotton, wool, polyester, rayon and blends.
Traditional polyester knit is still made, it typically used for cheerleading and other types of uniforms.

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