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What kind of fabric to get and where?
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Date: 5/9/06 12:20 PM

I have been searching the net for information to no avail...what kind of fabric do you use for board shorts, swim trunks, etc. The tags in mine all read 100% polyester, and places that sell them call it supersuede microfiber, but what exactly is it, and where can I find it?!?! TIA!

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Date: 5/9/06 1:05 PM

Men's swimming trunk fabric thread
Another swimming fabric thread

Read those threads. I think you'll find the information you need. I am assuming you are looking for the same fabric as is used for men's swimming trunks.
I bought some similar fabric at fabricmart recently, but it is sold out now.

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Date: 5/9/06 1:27 PM

Grrr. Now why when I searched the message boards was I not able to find anything. Thanks for your help. I will check out the two online fabric stores and see what I can find.
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Date: 5/9/06 3:58 PM

I have seen this stuff in exactly one fabric store hereabouts, at Fabric Well, in Oxnard, California:

Fabric Well

The fabric is a very heavy, stiff, smooth nylon, very finely-woven, with almost a "waxy" finish. The prints were flowery Hawaiians. It looked as though it would reveal no body contours when wet.

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Date: 5/9/06 4:38 PM

Does anyone know of a good pattern for women's board shorts? Preferably with the liner. I never get in the pool because I'd have to sew in a wet bathing suit!

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Date: 5/9/06 6:38 PM

Well, I checked at Sundrop, and didn't find any of the fabrics mentioned in the previouse post.
I also checked Wazoodle, looks like they have Tactel in (4) colors currently.
I did find some other places, but I'd like to buy from somewhere someone has recommended and/or seen/felt the fabric.
Also, I haven't seen a pattern for men's or women's board shorts. There are a few men's swim trunks patterns available, and I think one for girls swim shorts, but not what I am looking for. I am planning on copying a pair I have from Old Navy.

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Date: 5/9/06 6:44 PM

This is the pattern I plan on using for DH Kwiksew swimming trunk pattern I'm also going to use it for exercise shorts. I can't guarantee I'll get around to it until June (or July), but it is on my to-sew list. BTW if you haven't tried fabricline.com, it's worth a shot. I got swatches at 15 cents each, then they refunded the money when I ordered the fabric (for workout clothes). Good selection of workout/swimming fabrics. NAYY

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Date: 5/9/06 7:44 PM

Board shorts are usually made with polyester microfibre. I made some recently for my DD and wrote a review here.

Fabric shops sell different types of microfibre but when you feel it you will know which one is right. I will warn you, microfibre is not an easy fabric to sew.

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Date: 5/10/06 10:35 AM

Thanks for the tips on microfibre sewing. I will keep that in mind. Also, I like your addition of the drawstring "flaps", very cute.
Meanwhile, I continue my search, will check fabricline swatches.

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Date: 5/10/06 3:57 PM

When sewing microfiber, it's a good idea to experiment with a swatch beforehand. You can work with different needles (a fine Microtex "sharp" will probably be better than a universal), different threads, stitch lengths, and even stitch widths, to see what the best approach will be.

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