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What kind of fabric for pants?
Something that won't stretch out!
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Date: 10/28/13 10:58 AM

I don't know if I should post this here, or in the fabric section, or in the fitting woes section, but here is my question:

What kind of fabric should I look for if I want a nice strong fabric for pants, with some stretch so that it will be at least a little forgiving of fitting issues, but that won't completely lose its shape by day's end?

I'm going to try sewing my own pants because I am so frustrated with store-bought ones. I rarely find pants that fit both my waist/hips/derriere/thighs. Ok I NEVER do. But, I recently came close - these pants from Loft were perfect! I loved them! Until 10 am. When they were practically falling off they were so loose. I was so mad!

They are a cotton/rayon/lycra blend.

Anyway, suggestions on what fiber/weave I should look for? I'll probably buy mostly online, so I won't really be able to handle the fabric first. I guess I could order swatches if being able to handle is a must.

Thank you!

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Date: 10/28/13 4:54 PM

I have liked stretch polyester moleskin for pants. Wears like iron, is comfortable, and looks nice.
from Hancock Fabrics
I haven't used theirs but they have a good reputation. I actually found some nice moleskin at Joann's once, but not sure how often they carry it.

You can also use the Emma One Sock search feature, and search on garment type = pants, and fabric type = stretch woven. I have heard good things about her RPL for pants; haven't tried it yet myself.

With a great wardrobe that's still in the flat-fabric stage.

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