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rimna5
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Date: 8/24/13 4:10 PM

I want to make a few pairs of pants for the winter but I'm having trouble with fabric choices. I don't want to make jeans or use corduroy.

I know very little about fabrics beyond cotton, linen, knit, etc. When I look at fabric on line I'm confused by all the choices. I'm looking to make everyday pants, what fabrics would be a good option?


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Date: 8/24/13 5:05 PM

Consider using RPL (rayon/poly/Lycra) woven. It's easy to work with and very forgiving as you're learning to fit yourself. It also wears and launders extremely well. Emma one Sock is a great online source for just about everything, and owner Linda is very responsive to questions. Here is a link to her RPL in black. She carries 4 basic colors all of the time, and it's very reasonably priced.
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Date: 8/24/13 5:21 PM

If you are talking about fabric for pants for work, Hancock sells a rayon garbadine that is nice to work with. Both JoAnn's and Hancock's have a suiting fabric section that has nice fabric for pants too if you are like me and don't like to order online. You can use some of the heavier knits for pants as well. The choices are nearly endless.

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Date: 8/24/13 9:39 PM

Please re-do your link. Thanks

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Date: 8/29/13 10:32 AM

Gorgeous Fabrics sometimes has heavier weight RPLs, and swatches are available.

I've used this RPL before for a pair of pants and it has enough stretch for comfort and thickness for colder months. The pants have held up very well.

If you really want something cozy you can use wool ponte.

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Date: 8/29/13 11:44 AM

I have come to love RPL. And really prefer a blend. I am not a dry cleaning type so while I have a couple pair of wool pants (RTW) and a definite pair in queue to sew, I prefer a blend for ease of care.

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My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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Date: 8/29/13 12:23 PM

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Gorgeous Fabrics sometimes has heavier weight RPLs, and swatches are available. I've used this RPL before for a pair of pants

That fabric must have been around for a long time because the Butterick 5333 pattern quoted in the description is out of print and no longer available.

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