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Date: 8/8/12 10:32 PM

I'm interested in buying some wicking fabric. I have some questions.

Is it jersey? Is it a knit? (and what's the difference between jersey and knit?)

I know there are some different brands like Coolmax, for example. What are some other brands and where can I find them? If not brands, specifically, what is the fabric called that I can ask for at a fabric shop?

Secondly, I want to make some swim caps out of swim wear fabric. What, exactly, is that kind of fabric? What's it called?

To help you understand what I'm looking for I am trying to create a type of wig called a "Halo." I have made a test halo with some human hair wefts and hair weaving net and it came out great. However, for the base cap I want to use wicking fabric. While the weaving net is soft, it can be a bit itchy as it is directly next to a bald head. I can make these considerably cheaper than what even synthetic halos cost. Here is my inspiration website: Hats with hair.

These will be sportswear and exercise, for wearing around the house, swimming, gardening, etc. for some friends and myself who suffer from alopecia. They will be worn under scarves, hats, caps, etc.

I am not looking to sell what I make, just trying to save some money because these are incredibly expensive and I want to use real human hair - which I can get relatively inexpensively from local beauty supply stores. This is not for formal wear or "real" wear like work or some place like that, although it would be very nice to get very good at making these that I can make these for nicer occasions. Because it is hot during the summer, I figured a wicking fabric for the base cap would be a good fabric to use. The hair wefts would be sewn directly on to the base cap.

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Date: 8/9/12 0:13 AM

The fabric that swimcaps are made of is the same as swimwear fabric, spandex nylon knit. It is usually non wicking, but quick drying.
To be wicking, it will be blended with a fiber such as Coolmax, DriFit, or supplex nylon. I saw you were in Tx, and one of my favorite online stores for stretch fabrics is in Garwood. www.fabricdepotco.com If you call the owner can help you. She also sells small yardages by the pound.
Other places include Fabric.com, Seattle fabrics, Quest Outfitters and Rose City Textiles. They are all online stores.

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Date: 8/9/12 0:57 AM

You're in luck! Until Midnight Thursday, August 9th, www.Fabric.com is having a sale for up to 50% off Swimwear and Activewear. Here is a link to the sale. Maybe you can find what you're looking for here.

ETA: I noticed a large number of the items on sale are not showing a sale price yet. Be sure to go through customer service if you decide to order and you don't see a sale price listed. I sent an email to notify them of this discrepancy, but nobody is working there right now (1:15 a.m.).
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Date: 8/9/12 2:43 AM

The fabric on the site sort of reminds me of a lightweight power mesh. EmmaOneSock has power mesh in the stretch lining section. Whereas the website you referenced used all one color of fabric it might be nice to try to key the mesh to the hair color in case a scarf or hat shifts a little.

I kind of fell in love with silk burlap this summer. It would require a little extra effort to shape but doesn't that sound cool and comfy?

Some contestants on The Shark Tank were showing body jewelry and hair jewelry. They are already selling a lot and made a deal with a Shark to help with mass production and distribution. This makes me think that the fashion world may be ready for the return of the little Juliette caps.

Does that seem too far fetched? A faux Juliette cap (cap made of something like the silk burlap, or crocheted) hair piece updated with modern hair jewelry? You might be able to find the shark tank episode with the hair jewelry. Very simple chain in a hugely open crossing pattern connecting into a circle ''crown'' around the head, placed slightly lower than where the mesh circle on the hair pieces end.

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Date: 8/9/12 9:55 AM

Thank you, Diane! I've checked out fabricdepotco.com. They have bra patterns that would fit me! HEY! So bonus right there!

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Date: 8/9/12 9:57 AM

This is PERFECT Judy! In fact, they have exactly what I was looking for with this athletic mesh fabric. I'm going to see about ordering some today.

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Date: 8/9/12 10:03 AM

7yr:

I had to look up a Juliette cap. They're cute! The base cap on which the hair weft gets sewn is just slightly larger than a Juliette cap - since the base goes to the perimeter of the hair line and fits snug against the scalp.

That Hats with Hair site mentions they do use Coolmax brand wicking fabric for the base cap, which is why I was asking about it. I think the athletic mesh that I found at Fabric.com above will work. That is actually what I was looking for.

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I really appreciate everyone's help with this.I've been needing something more light weight to go outside with and halos are perfect. I don't like synthetic hair because it's itchy and scratchy so I use real human hair. And to buy one is almost as much as a full wig. I know others who have this concern and I'd like to help them out with my sewing skills. As I mentioned, I've successfully made a prototype and so now I'm looking to get better at it.



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