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Date: 2/13/12 12:53 PM

I need to make some knit maternity skirts but it seems like whenever I order knit fabrics they're more suited for t-shirts. And I'd rather not have to line/wear a slip.

What should I be looking for in ordering a "beefier" knit? Fabric.com seems to have a ton of knits, but it's so easy to get lost!

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Date: 2/13/12 1:28 PM

If you have a JoAnn's or Hancock's in your area, check out the Sofia knits. They are a yoga pant weight.
I think there was a post about knit fabric weights, but I have not been able to find it.

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Date: 2/13/12 1:44 PM

Ponte and double knits tend to be beefier.

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Date: 2/13/12 10:26 PM

You can use the T shirt knits for a more casual skirt. I made my daughter some 'yoga' skirts with it. The were full at the hem and smooth at the waist. It does help to use a darker color to avoid a slip. I got the pattern free from fabric.com. I just made other daughter a pencil skirt with an elastic waist using a poly/rayon lycra double knit.
If you're shopping on fabric.com and don't want top weight, stay away from 'lightweight' knit.

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Date: 2/14/12 9:14 AM

I used the Sophia double knit for a maternity skirt--it's truly lovely. I added a band though of stretchier 4 way stretch nylon knit at the top (swimsuit fabric) because the Sophia does not have much give though it is a knit. Fabric.com also sells it if you can't find it locally and they have all of the colors.

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Date: 2/15/12 2:45 AM

I usually go with fabric that lists dresses as one of the potential use. I got some recently from Denver fabric and they were very heavy.

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