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Date: 8/12/12 6:39 PM

I found this at Gap the other day.
I used to wear something like this back in high school and love how the trend came back!
Gap stripe dress
I want to recreate it, but not sure what the fabric would be.
It was a knit, but pretty thick, almost like a sweater.
(gap called it "heavy weight knit")
I found this on www.fabric.com.
Stripe french terry
It's a french terry Knit, which I've never used.
I always thought terry was a towel material, and didn't realize it's a garment material.

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Date: 8/12/12 7:54 PM

the Gap dress looks like it's made out of a cotton jersey knit, not a sweatshirt knit as the french terry. The description from the french terry reads: With a smooth face, and lofty looped back,>/i> which tells me it's a heavy double faced knit, and not what you want for the dress. I'd try a cotton interlock or a cotton jersey knit in the description; you can't go wrong with either one.

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Date: 8/12/12 7:55 PM

Just my opinion...no. You'd be walking around in a very warm non-breathable static-charged bathrobe dress.

Look for some medium weight poly ITY jersey or rayon/lycra or cotton/lycra jersey or ponte. For medium weight, also may be called bottom weight.


An example of what I would reecommend you look for;


Dress weight jersey


Ponte

Fabric.com likely has similar, the above are just to suggest fabric types. HTH!

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Date: 8/12/12 9:50 PM

Emma One Sock has some great stripe fabrics....some in a different width of stripes in black & white.

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Date: 8/12/12 11:21 PM

If you want good quality, Ponte-like fabric, try the Sophia Stretch Double Knit at Fabric.com.

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Date: 8/12/12 11:34 PM

Thank you everybody!
I'm glad I asked... I would've ordered the wrong fabric and wouldn't know what to do with it...
I'm rethinking this dress because it might be too hot here in Hawaii...
I might make a similar dress in lighter jersey instead.

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Date: 8/12/12 11:46 PM

I wear a lot of French terry, and it's not "terry cloth," or towel material! It's a nice, stable knit with a smooth front and a textured back. It's *usually* made of cotton. I don't think I've ever seen 100% poly French terry before. It also varies in weight A LOT. Some of it would be absolutely fine (and adorable!) for a dress; I've never seen any as thick as sweatshirt fleece. I love it for tops that are warmer and more substantial than a T-shirt, but not as bulky as a sweatshirt, if that helps.

I would be a little wary of that particular Fabric.com French terry, only because I've been burned by their French terry before! The stuff I bought ended up being *crazy* stretchy, and fairly thin. I was planning on making a lightweight sweatsuit from it, but it wasn't at all suitable. I still haven't figured out what to do with it!

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Date: 8/13/12 0:05 AM

Couple of thoughts... one, I wouldn't go by what Gap says the fabric is, and two I wouldn't necessarily make a dress out of jersey even if that is what it's made of. Most jerseys are going to be too thin to work as a dress. My rule is if it's going around my hips and I'm going outside in it, it has to be ponte, interlock, or sweatshirt type fabric. I would also go for something with some spandex in it for recovery, as a 100% cotton might get stretched out and saggy after a half day's wear.
If it were me, I'd look for a good quality cotton or rayon + spandex interlock like this one from EOS black white rayon stripe

I do use cotton or cotton/spandex french terry for cool-weather leggings for my daughter, but have found quality to be all over the map (depending on retailer, and fabric.com's "unlabeled" fabrics are generally not of very good quality). I could not imagine that a poly french terry would be comfortable at. all.

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Date: 8/13/12 0:38 AM

I think it might work, but not for a summer dress in very hot weather. but maybe for a colder weather dress?

Also that fabric is not going to stretch a whole bunch cross wise as 20% is not a whole lot. So if pattern for a knit more loose and boxy that might be good, tight and shaped not so much, as looks like no spandex or lycra in it.

I think "French Terry" might be kind of a miss-leading name for that fabric though. It looks like to me, it's almost more a sweatshirt kind of rather stable knit, just that they left the back side of it, uncut and unbrushed and not fuzzed out. I have had other "French Terry" that actually looked a lot more flexible and stretchy than that one, and in that case it even had a bit of Lycra in it. That one does not, and might not bend as well as you might want.

it would be hard to tell just from a picture though, you can tell better about all of that stuff, if fabric is in your hand instead I think. Also it say's it's 100 polyester, no cotton or Rayon in there at all. Not sure I have ever seen any french terry or sweatshirt knit like that before, usually I think it's not 100% polyester but at least a blend instead.

Terry toweling is woven, but lots of knit terry cloth with un cut loops on sports wear and swim suit cover ups, though in that case, the loops are probably more pronounced and worn on the outside part of the garment, and smooth side next to body instead. I do think the fact that they say it's a lightweight knit polyester fabric, but then say it has a lofty looped back is kind of contradictory right there.

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