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Date: 3/6/12 4:22 PM

I'm not a huge fan of the rayon jerseys that are so popular in RTW right now. They're beautiful and soft and lend themselves to all sorts of interesting details (ruffles, pleats, smocking, etc)... but I find them distressingly clingy, and they seem to create lumps & bumps, even where none really exist.

But... but... there are so many of them, and they're so pretty!

I'm wondering if folks have had better luck with blends. Fabric.com has some really pretty stretch rayon blends right now, and I'm wondering if anyone has tried the poly/rayon blends to see how they behave. Do they cling as badly?

I'm eager to start experimenting with knit tops, but it's tough to find fabric!

Thanks!


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Date: 3/6/12 8:31 PM

Why not start with an ITY knit? All poly or poly/lycra, extremely stable, easy to work with. I find the rayon knits squirmy and hard to handle, unless they're the beefy ones. Ponte would probably work pretty well too.

I see Fabric Mart, besides having ITY knits and ponte, has some all-poly performance knits that are described as light/medium weight. Those would probably make a good starting point for sewing knits.

Gorgeous Fabrics also has some great looking ITY knit prints. And so does Fabric.com.
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Date: 3/6/12 11:02 PM

Here's another vote for poly/lycra ITY knits. Nancy's Notions sells several colors of Brazil Knit, a high quality ITY from Telio, a Canadian manufacturer. Nancy's Notions also sells Telio's Annabelle Knit, a rayon/lycra that's beefy, not thin. I've used both fabrics and they're excellent for tops. Here's the free shipping coupon code from retailmenot: 125124-2199. And here's the latest code: 125134-2199.


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Date: 3/7/12 7:09 AM

No matter what you use, I think the key word is "beefy". I've worked with some beefy rayon + spandex and cotton + spandex that handled really well and did not cling as much ... just my $.02. :)

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Date: 3/7/12 5:23 PM

I haven't been super impressed by any of the poly rayon knit blends I've bought from fabric.com...they honestly feel kind of itchy, but there's so much variety of knits on their site that it's hard to tell.

I second the vote for ITY--it's very easy to sew with, but the rayon feels better. If you're going for a dress, ITY is great (I always line them or wear some sort of slip so the fabric itself isn't against my skin), but I think you'll be happy with tops with more rayon in them. Emma One Sock has fantastic quality rayon knits that while pricey are really great.

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Date: 3/7/12 8:17 PM

Thanks, all of you! Great info in each response. :D

I have some ITY in my stash, and I like it--but it's not my first choice when it comes to everyday knits (even in RTW)... unless I'm misidentifying it. I think of it for stretchy poly knit dresses and tops, like this, right? Which isn't the sort of thing I can see making (or wearing!) a lot of.

So many of the cute/casual RTW tops (t-shirts, tunics, cardis, camis) out there are rayon jersey, and I was hoping to find something a little more user-friendly. I'm wearing a RTW top right now that's a 60/40 cotton/rayon blend, and the rayon keeps it soft and drapey, but the cotton keeps it from being clingy. I haven't encountered a lot of rayon/poly blends in RTW (that I know of), so I was curious about it.

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Date: 3/7/12 9:57 PM

I bought a big box when they were on sale, the one that was the highest quality came from this grouping. rayon knit
The one I bought is gone, and I wish I had bought more. Very silky and nice medium weight.

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