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ChickenFreak
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Date: 1/18/12 2:45 AM

After I get a pattern down pat, I want to make several white button-front shirts. My local fabric store doesn't carry plain white appropriate for shirts, so I'll probably need to get some online. Can anyone suggest a source (and specific enough product identification to allow me to order) for fairly nice, fine-weave, smooth white cotton shirting? Not so thin as to be translucent, but still pretty fine and smooth.

I'm also interested in colors and stripes and linen and all sorts of other shirting options, if you know of anything cool to recommend there. :)

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Date: 1/18/12 6:17 AM

Some time ago, I got a supply of white fabric for shirt-blouses from Farmhouse Fabrics. Lovely stuff, pima cotton, white on white pattern designs. They also have some white cotton crepe, which I think would be lovely too. Click on Fabrics, then scroll to find the Luxury shirting. But you will want to check out the whole site.


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Date: 1/18/12 7:53 AM

I've used this fabric from fabric.com. It's good quality stuff, and the price is right.

I recall that I had to buy more because I underestimated the amount of fabric, and that there was something a little different about the color. Very, very minor, but in a white shirt ...

I think in the end I decided that it may have had something to do with the pretreating. Anyway, I wore the shirt yesterday, and I don't notice anything different after several washings. I guess my point is to make sure to get enough fabric on the first pass.

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Date: 1/18/12 12:53 PM

www.fabricationsonline.com has good shirtings. A little pricey, but worth it.

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Date: 1/20/12 8:12 PM

Thanks so much, folks! I'm going to look into all of these suggestions, and if anyone's interested, I'll report back when I've got fabric in my hands.

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Date: 1/20/12 8:31 PM

Gorgeous Fabrics has some beautiful shirtings too!

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Date: 1/20/12 10:01 PM

I have been sewing up several linen tops and pants over the past year. My usual online fabric resources were either too expensive and/or not descriptive enough as to weight and weave. I had to change my pattern selection because the pieces I bought on sale last spring were heavier or lighter than I thought.

So I posted here and a PR member recommended fabrics-store.com for linens. They have lots of colors sorted by weight. I ordered several pieces of the basic medium weight (number ends in 019) and a trial piece of the handkerchief weight (ending in 020).

The 019's have washed up to the lovely slightly rumpled texture I like for a shirt weight. I'm finishing a shirt jacket tonight from the first piece I cut.

The one piece of 020 is a beautiful color and seems just right for long bias summer tank tops and light tunic tops. I haven't pre-washed yet to see how it performs.

Emma One Sock and Michael's fabrics, links are on the banner at the top of this page, usually get in some really nice Italian and Irish linens. They are usually too expensive for me for daily wear.fabrics-store.com
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Date: 1/21/12 7:29 AM

Anyone in the UK looking for white shirting go to croft mill online store they have some 120 shirting in a white herringbone which look really really nice, I have just ordered 5 metres I will let yoy when I get it and what quality is like

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Date: 1/21/12 11:28 AM

Michael's Fabrics has beautiful shirting fabrics. I highly recommend this store (NAYY).

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Date: 1/22/12 5:49 PM

B & J Fabrics has some of the most fabulous white cottons. They have a website though the white cottons are not on it. Either give them a call or email them and ask for samples. They are lovely and prompt with samples.

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