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Think this fabric was a huge mistake, has anyone used it?
Swirly napped polyester(?) baby fabric
Patchoulie
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Date: 2/12/12 10:09 AM

I'm making a christening outfit for my little grandson.. romper out of dupioni silk and little jacket, hat & booties out of this (horrid) 'swirly' napped polyester (not sure really). It is a beast to cut out.. it's like down got loose from a pillow.. little particles everywhere.. I'm afraid it's going to get all over the silk.. daughter loved this fabric, so she bought it for me to use for this.. has anyone sewn with this type of fabric? Is there a trick to keeping the little nappies from flying everywhere and falling off? Is it going to be as horrible to sew with as it is to cut? Will it stick to the silk and if so, how will I get it off? Oh blah

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Date: 2/12/12 10:29 AM

Is it this stuff?
Swirly Minky

If so, there are hints here:
Sewing with Minky

I found even the regular stuff without the swirls is a pain, stretches like crazy and wants to curl. I didn't try starch, but you can't iron it you'd have to air dry. Good luck.

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Date: 2/12/12 10:50 AM

I haven't sewn with this fabric in particular but have worked with many, many that makes an awful mess. The mess is generally at the edges. If the mess is coming from the face of the fabric don't use it. Since its probably just the edge as long as you completely contain the edge you shouldn't have issues with it getting on the silk dupioni once it's done and the bits are removed. During the cutting and construction there will be a mess on the table, on the floor, on you, on and in the machines... I use the hose of the vacuum right on the cut edge, lint brushes, sticky rollers, wadded up tape everywhere else.

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Date: 2/12/12 11:02 AM

I made a flannel robe lined with swirly minky for my Wisconsin DD. After taking out the seams several times, I just accepted the shifting lengths and let the thing hang for a few days, then hemmed it.

It actually turned out pretty, but what a mess it was, for what should have been such an easy project.

It is really, really warm--she wears it in the middle of the night if the dog has to go out. It is almost too warm, I think.

I would only use it for a blanket in the future.

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Date: 2/12/12 12:29 PM

Yes, that is it! I asked daughter NOT to get ANYthing that was 'stretch', but the fabric store ladies told her it wasn't.. I will read up on working with it.. but I may just go out and try to find something else.. I dont' have much to choose from in my city though. I would love to just find a nice soft cotton warm fabric, but it needs to be acceptably fancy enough for a christening jacket.

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Date: 2/12/12 12:44 PM

Oh boy, thanks for everyone's comments, and for the link to 'working with minky'... minky is STINKY.. and I'm going to go to the store and see what else I can find to replace it.. I definitely don't even want to try to do this, I'm already too tight for time.. the scissors even had a more difficult time cutting this stuff.. it is AWFUL! Very pretty though.. maybe daughter can make it into a blankie.

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Date: 2/12/12 1:16 PM

I haven't come across minky but is there any danger that it could shed fine particles after its sewn? If so, I'm not sure I'd want it around babies.

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Date: 2/12/12 5:01 PM

Quote: Patchoulie
I may just go out and try to find something else.. I dont' have much to choose from in my city though. I would love to just find a nice soft cotton warm fabric, but it needs to be acceptably fancy enough for a christening jacket.

A couple of years ago, I outfitted my entire family (four adults) in WHITE garments for the Renaissance festival (picture). I was really surprised by the variety of fabrics I was able to find (I needed a mix of textures and shades of white, *and* they all needed to be machine washable). I found quite a lot in the home dec section, including a lovely tone-on-tone olefin that made my MIL's pretty vest (mine was actually made from diaper cloth, which has a pretty weave and a slight sheen to it). You might also try a fine-wale corduroy, which would probably look dressy enough from afar, given the right embellishments.

Good luck!

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Date: 2/12/12 5:16 PM

I'd be concerned about the baby inhaling this , not good for an infant.

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Date: 2/12/12 5:22 PM

I recommend that you call a store that sells fabrics for heirloom sewing. There's one store in my area that specializes in this type of traditional garment sewing for babies and children, Peanut Butter 'n' Jelly Kids. I'm sure they (or someone at another heirloom store) could recommend the perfect fabric.

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