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Black denim in Europe
Looking for sources of decent denim
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Date: 8/1/12 5:06 PM

Aaaaaaargh. I'm posting in the hopes that someone might be able to help me find a source of actually black actual denim of actual jeans weight, ideally with a little stretch in it but not jegging type stuff, from somewhere that can send it to me without the postage costing several times the price of the fabric.

This stuff (http://pacificbluedenims.com/product_images/img_247.jpg) is exactly what I want; technically not entirely denim I think in that all the fibres are black but denim weave, 13oz weight, 1% Lycra, $5.25 a metre. Since they're principally commercial suppliers, there's also $25 one-off cutting fee for the small order, which I can cope with, but, they want $62 to post it to the Netherlands, which I can't. (I have asked about how the postage scales, whether it's worth me buying a bunch of other fabric from there, and the answer is no, it's not worth it, perhaps unless I buy enough denim to keep me in jeans for the rest of my life.)

Every, every other thing I can find listed anywhere in Europe as 'stretch black denim' or variants thereof is clearly rubbish lightweight stuff, the sort of thing you can use to make denim-look tops, not actual denim jeans, and usually grey/black-on-white rather than the black-on-black I'm looking for too. Does anyone have any ideas on where to get something like this?

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Date: 8/2/12 3:02 AM

You might try these guys:
Black stretch denim

Beware though, that their customer service is crapX2. (You can read my previous review of their store) I was happy with my fabric once I finally received it, but the hassle wasn't worth it because they kept sending me the wrong fabric. But could well have been just a fluke.

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Date: 8/2/12 3:23 PM

Thanks for the link - I've been trawling through all sorts of European links from the fabric shop links thread too. Unfortunately that's the sort of thing I keep on finding, but not what I'm looking for. I've made trousers out of fabric like that before and when I topstitched the seams, the large grain really gaped on the folds, showing the flashes of white inbetween. They were okay but not what I'd call jeans, just a sort of denim-y effect trouser.

It kind of perplexes me because I've never seen jeans made of stuff like that on sale in shops, and if I did I wouldn't buy them. Why isn't the fabric that jeans manufacturers make jeans out of available to buy in fabric shops? Or, well, why is it only available from somewhere like Pacific Blue Denims?

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Date: 8/2/12 6:34 PM

I'm flying to Germany at the end of the month, and if you like and it's just a few yards, you could have it mailed to me, I'll stick in my checked luggage (since I'm not using all my luggage), and post it from Germany. I think it'd probably be cheaper to mail it from Germany, right?

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Date: 8/2/12 6:39 PM

DeGilles in Paris might carry it......they have a good website. One of my favorite stores in Paris as the owner and employees are very knowledgeable and helpful.

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Date: 9/23/12 8:13 AM

Hi Courtney - I've only just checked back with this now - thanks for your very kind offer! I know I'm too late now anyway but I'm thinking I might go with the 'buying enough fabric to keep me in jeans forever' option. I just can't seem to find anywhere that has real fashion jeans fabric in Europe at all.

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Date: 1/30/13 1:39 PM

Hi shermarama,

Did you get anywhere sourcing black denim? I am also trying to find this - good quality is important. I *wish* there was something like Pacific Blue Denims in Europe. I'm in the UK but if you wanted to share a delivery then I'd be happy to work something out - if we agreed on the same product!

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