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Ordering Poly-Rayon Fabric
Avoiding Gabardine, etc.?
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Date: 12/30/12 3:50 PM

Hey guys, I plan on making a cloak as one of my first projects with my SE-400! Anyway, a friend who makes these cloaks highly recommended that I make mine from a poly-rayon blend which makes it FLOW fabulously! So, I tracked down to my local Joann's and they don't have it stocked, which is why I looked up this type of fabric on-line. What I found in my search was that gabardine poly-rayon fabric seemed to be the most common sort. However, the texture of the gabardine weave seems an awful trite tapestry-like, which won't do for my project. What other types of weaves are available that I might look into, and potentially avoid if they are inappropriate for the "look" of my project, because I don't want to keep turning away a special order by Joann's and really getting under the staff's skin by ordering something that I will not buy!

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Date: 12/30/12 3:52 PM

The poly-rayon blend I am looking for must appear as black as black can be! I realize this is subjective, however, when I saw an image of gabardine, the weave in question seemed to detract from the utter blackness of the fabric's color by "brightening" it....if that makes any sense. ;)

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Date: 12/30/12 4:09 PM

Also, while I know that rayon offers *some* sheen to fabric, I don't want it to be too uber-shiny. So, whatever poly-rayon fabric I get, I'd prefer that it be toned down a bit, shine-wise, if possible. :)

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Date: 12/30/12 4:57 PM

Look for a crepe weave if you want a dull surface.

And just an FYI, both rayon and polyester will have some natural sheen to them. Not necessarily a reason to reject them, but maybe order a swatch before buying yardage.

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Date: 12/30/12 5:36 PM

Thanks! Yes, I realize they both have a natural sheen...that doesn't bother me. I just don't want too much of one. Would Joanne's be able to order me a variety of swatches to make a better informed decision? If *I* were a store owner, *I* would! However, I'd had lousy experiences with the staff, there.

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Date: 12/30/12 6:06 PM

There is a poly rayon & lycra fabric that is used in women's black pants that might be what you want. If so, check out the women's pants to see if you like the fabric. There seems to be a wide range of quality there. (You probably don't want the knit.)

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