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Date: 3/12/14 3:19 PM

Hey all!

Going to Europe with one backpack and fiance for our honeymoon in a couple of months. I've started planning my wardrobe and know I want make at least 2 dresses and one skirt, all from knits, but I'm having a really tough time finding fabric with a pleasing hand that is fast drying. One backpack = lots of handwashing.

Can you recommend anywhere to look for performance knits, preferably ones that have a cotton-y feel, with spandex? I don't want to spend more than $15/yard. I ordered some swatches from Rockywoods and have found one fabric I think might work (a nylon/lycra blend) but it's a bit shinier than I'd like, and would really love to find something matte that's mostly synthetic (poly or nylon), maybe 10-20% natural (cotton or rayon) and around 5% lycra.

I've tried googling for such a fabric on the Internet and haven't come up with many results. I know this fabric exists SOMEWHERE because many of the travel dresses I've spotted have it (but the dress I really want, which I should've just bought last year, is no longer being made).

I know a poly knit (ITY, for instance) would dry quickly, but I just can't deal with the fact that it doesn't breathe very well. I want to be comfortable!

Any leads you all have would be much appreciated.

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Date: 3/12/14 3:32 PM

Give RCT (Rose City Textiles/Fabricline) in Portland, OR, a call. Talk to Annette about swatches and your budget. They have fabulous technical fabrics and should be able to help you. Have fun!

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Date: 3/12/14 8:23 PM

I poked around Vogue Fabrics and they have something called Sophia Double Knit which is 67% Polyester 30% Rayon 3% Spandex and $12.99 a yard, 60 inches wide. If you call or email they may have something even closer to what you want.

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Date: 3/12/14 9:03 PM

How about Christine Jonson? I've not purchased fabric from her, but her travel patterns are great, so I imagine she carries fabric for them too. Check out the "essentials" fabric. Christine Jonson
Edited to add that I thought the $$ was within your range, but it looks like the prices are for a 1/2 yard. Watch that.
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Date: 3/13/14 5:03 AM

I've bought several pieces of poly-lycra from this ebay vendor. It's inexpensive, has a nice hand, breathes, holds up reasonably well and dries quickly. And 2.5 yards is enough for me to make my favorite Butterick 5001 in the largest size, by way of illustration how far 2.5 yards will go. (BTW, I don't know this vendor, I just grabbed the first one who had the OOP pattern.)

Have fun on your honeymoon. If you'll be in the vicinity of Copenhagen and need/want ideas, feel free to contact me. :)

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Date: 3/13/14 6:26 AM

Marcy Tilton (www.marcytilton.com) has great fabrics. They sometimes fall in your budget, but I've gotten great deals by buying their sale or endcuts. They're very helpful if you call, and ask if there's something around that isn't online.

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Date: 3/13/14 8:17 AM

You may want to try Gorgeous fabrics. I am sure if you emailed/called Ann could give you some specific ideas.

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Date: 3/13/14 9:42 AM

Cotton seersucker is a great travel fabric. It comes in all prints and weights, not just striped mens suiting. Great for a blouse, skirt, shorts, and slacks.

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Date: 3/13/14 10:27 AM

Have you tried Peak Fabrics online? They sell wicking and high performance fabrics.

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Date: 3/13/14 10:55 AM

This may be useful since performance/activewear fabrics have many of the same qualities as what you'd want for travel. Here's a list of activewear fabrics from Fehrtrade for global suppliers- meaning listed by location worldwide. I don't think The Rainshed is on this list. That's in Oregon and they have a wonderful list of fabrics with a swatching service. They're also helpful on the phone. I've just started reading the over 30 pages of the Activewear Sew Along and you might find more over there. The group is predominantly Australian, so they are sharing lots of local suppliers. More folks are joining from the US and elsewhere, so the resources may broaden further. There are also great ideas for patterns, creative variations and construction tips.

In your one little ol' backpack, a pair of thin stretchy leggings for an extra layer could be useful to change up your look and get a brisk walk in. Depends on your honeymoon style.

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