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Date: 10/19/12 8:53 PM

I'm finally getting around to making jeans, but I'd like to try some different blends like the designer jeans such as cashmere denim, linen denim, wool denim and kevlar denim. Anyone know of any good sources?

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Date: 10/20/12 0:47 AM

I just bought Italian wool denim on EOS.

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Date: 10/23/12 2:15 PM

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I just bought Italian wool denim on EOS.

Hi

I'm no fabric expert at all and this is still my weak link
not knowing fabric .

I was wondering if this fabric you bought is wool made to look like denim or is it wool mixed with denim ?

Did you recieve it yet ? If yes can you tell me what weight you think it is (I hate that websites don't list the weight of dafric..my biggest pet peeve when shopping for fabric ) and if it's soft or rough. How it drapes etc..

Any info you can provide would be very helpful.



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Date: 10/23/12 2:21 PM

I just ordered some wool denim in a wine color (allegedly from Theory) from Michael's Fabrics. They sent a swatch out as a mailer, and the fabric hasn't made it onto the website. I bet you can call for a swatch. $14/yd, seemed like very good quality from the roughly 2x2 swatch.

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Date: 10/23/12 2:21 PM

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I'm finally getting around to making jeans, but I'd like to try some different blends like the designer jeans such as cashmere denim, linen denim, wool denim and kevlar denim. Anyone know of any good sources?

This is what I'm looking for..some really nice expensive designer denim fabric. I loathe the cheaap denim fabric.

I'm a size 7/8 and find myself buying the largest size denim
jeans when I find a beautiful pairs of designer denims jeans ..I end up taking them apart and using the fabric to make jeans to my own size.

It's a lot of work taking them apart but worth it in the end.

I would rather just get my hands on some really nice designer fabric instead of having to take denim jeans apart all the time.

Would save me alot of work.
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Date: 10/23/12 4:29 PM

OMG that's ALOT of work. Emmaonesock has wonderful denims. Fairly comfortable saying the best quality. Have bought at least seven different kinds from her, mostly cotton Lycra. One I think had some linen. Recently also bought the Italian wool denim which is just the teeniest bit itchy for my eczema prone skin. Have bought different colored ones too, including one piece last year that has a kind of tie dye-ish feel to it.
A Fabric Place, aka Michael's fabrics, also has excellent choices. I got an animal print (like cheetah, brown on white) that was signed cavalli denim. That one I plan to use to make a hot patterns jacket.
I also have bought white cotton denim from near sea naturals and that washed up beautifully. Like comfortable enough to sleep in.

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Date: 10/23/12 4:37 PM

Yes it's a lot of work and go thru seam rippers like crazy

I constantly go to Moods and can never find good denim there. I even ask the owner about it and he said they hace tons of denim in warehouse or where ever he said it was and will have it brought out onto the shelves another day.

I went back a month later and several times after and the same crappy denim is on the shelf.

I was going to buy the Italian wool denim today but now I'm going to pass..I can't have anything that itches me at all.

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Date: 10/23/12 11:49 PM

The fabric I bought from EOS looks like brownish denim but it's made of wool instead of cotton. It's very soft but has body like you would expect in a good denim. It's not itchy and appears to be very good quality.
If you have a hard time picking out fabric online get a swatch. I don't know of any online fabric source that doesn't offer swatches.
Forgive me, but why in the world would you buy designer jeans in the wrong size just to take them apart to make another pair of jeans?! Have you tried buying your correct size? The only thing I don't make for myself is jeans because I love my 7FAM's too much. The fit is fabulous. You should try them.

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Date: 10/24/12 1:06 AM

They never fit correctly when buying my own size..rarely do I get lucky.

I have one pair that were perfect so I bought 2 more but this was several years ago and all have since faded and are worn
out.

I have since taken them apart and use as my pattern with minor tweaks.

They do come out a little wonky but they fit I'm not the greatest sewer and that will come with time but they sure are comfortable

I'm taking the jeans class and hopfully I'll learn something to make my jeans look more professional.

PS: I must have over 100 pair of jeans (serious) that I hardly wear.Every brand you can think of. Now that I make my own I only wear them around the house.

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