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Date: 12/28/11 3:39 PM

Just received 6 different pair of jeans that I purchased online (because I need a long inseam and they are not available in the store). Six different brands and 4 of them have 15-16% polyester. Yuck. They are very lightweight which to me is not a jean. The only fabric this would be good for would be a trouser jean, not a 5-pocket traditional jean.

Why is polyester being added to denim now? These must be 6 or 7 oz denim. Maybe the cost of cotton has gone up too much? In any case, it is not a good look nor does it feel nice on -- very scratchy.

Has anyone else noticed this?

I think it really is time for me to learn to make my own jeans from a nice 11oz cotton/spandex denim.
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Date: 12/28/11 3:50 PM

A little polyester can help fabric be less wrinkle-prone, and improve long-term wearability. 15% is a lot in jeans, though.

The price of cotton certainly has gone up recently, so that may be part of it. Of course, so has the price of oil, which is where polyester comes from...

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Date: 12/28/11 11:47 PM

My mother looooves her thin, really stretchy cotton poly spandex jeans. I don't get it either, but she's happy, so I go with it.
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Date: 12/29/11 6:00 PM

I now own several pairs of Levi's 512 Petite jeans and was also surprised (and shocked) to see that ONE of them is a poly/spandex/cotton.

The weight is thin on all the pairs but that's perfect of the Caribbean. The spandex is to fit the behind, LOL!

I have mixed feeling about that hybrid pair. Jeans=cotton in my mind. Feels a bit like cheating for some reason.

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In reply to Steffie

Date: 12/30/11 1:35 PM

I have noticed this, Steffie, and I agree with you. I don't mind if it's a wee 2-3% for that tiny bit of comfortable "give" in the fabric. Someone mentioned the price of cotton going up, and, honestly, that was the first thought I had about it, too. It would seem they're trying to sell the "same" pairs of jeans to the customers at the usual prices, not wanting to raise prices, so they reduce the amount of pure cotton in the garment.
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Date: 12/30/11 3:11 PM

Poly also keeps the color from fading.

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