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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > Name for this type of fabric/print, or a source? ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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livebywater
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Date: 10/18/13 2:22 PM

Hi,

This is my first post here, so my apologies if this isn't the correct forum for this. I'm looking for a name for the type of fabric/print used in this RTW shirt: http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/element-shirt-sierra-short-sleeve-print-shirt?ID=875329&CategoryID=20627&LinkType=#fn=FABRIC_PATTERN%3DPrint%26SLEEVE_LENGTH%3DShort%20Sleeve%26sp%3D2%26spc%3D202%26ruleId%3D27%26slotId%3D121

The price is very reasonable for the shirt itself, but I'd much prefer to sew one that fits me correctly. Unfortunately I haven't the slightest idea what to call this style of fabric/print when googling for a source. Any ideas? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Date: 10/18/13 2:39 PM

I would call it, fabric wise, a gray 100% Cotton Chambray, with black buffalo's over printed on it.

It is a plain weave cotton, but in the weave it looks like two colors of fiber.

So maybe look for 100% Cotton Chambray. If you want a print on top of it like that, I guess search term might be something like, Overprinted, 100% Cotton Chambray possibly.

For $17 though, and if you don't already have some fabric, interfacing, patterns, thread, buttons and all that stuff at your house, chances are it will cost you more to make one, than buy that particular shirt. But it's not a bad beginners sewing project at all either.
-- Edited on 10/18/13 4:47 PM --

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Date: 10/19/13 8:07 AM

I don't know what size you wear, but for that price, I would buy a much larger one than you need and cut it up to the size you need.

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Date: 10/19/13 8:45 AM

I can't see you photo, but if it has two different colored weaves to the fabric, that is also called shot fabric.
google "shot fabric"

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Date: 10/19/13 6:13 PM

Thank you for all the replies! They were very helpful!

"Chambray print" is apparently the correct term for this fabric, or is at least the most fruitful search term when googling for it. Unfortunately, all the fabrics I've found that are similar are much busier than the rather sparsely laid out print used in this shirt.

That sparseness is exactly what I love about this shirt! Most men's shirts with printed patterns are far too busy for my tastes and end up looking like camp shirts, or seventies disco shirts. I could just buy this shirt, but I'd love to find more fabrics that match it for future shirt sewing purposes. Also, my custom shirt pattern fits great, and I'm reluctant to go back to store bought shirts that don't fit nearly as well!

Does anyone have any suggestions for search terms or technical names for this sparsely laid out type of print? Alternately, I'm thinking I could possibly do some DIY prints with stamps on plain chambray to get a similar effect, though that seems a bit tricker to me. Any suggestions?

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Date: 10/19/13 6:26 PM

Livebywater, a previous poster suggested you buy the largest size of this shirt just FOR THE FABRIC, and then cut it apart and use your own pattern pieces. Sometimes that's not always possible, but it sounds like such a bargain that it's definitely worth the experiment! $17 for shirt fabric is not bad at all. :)

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