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What are your favorite everyday fabrics?
The casual basics you couldn't live without
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Date: 9/2/06 5:57 PM

I thought it would be interesting if we discussed our favorite everyday fabrics that we use to sew our basic casual wardrobes. I'm sure many of us have old standbys that we've come to depend on for comfort, performance, fashion and fit.

This week I sewed a zip up jacket from the new juliette knit (70% polyester, 28% cotton, 2% spandex) and fell in love with this wonderful fabric. It drapes beautifully, has great stretch recovery, and looks like high end RTW. When I showed the jacket to my next door neighbor, she fell in love with the fabric, too. Anyway, I'm planning to sew one seam pants, zip up jackets and long sleeve tee shirts from this great midweight fabric.

I had bought three yards of juliette knit at Hancock's a couple of months ago but hadn't made anything from it until two days ago. But when I went to the store to buy more today, I discovered it was all sold out in black. I did an internet search and found Nancy's Notions carries it in almost a dozen colors for $9.98 a yard. I ordered three more yards of black and one yard of red. Sewingstudio.com also carries this fabric at a slightly higher price, and your local Hancock's may still have some. If it does, you can buy it for 40% off the original $13.99 per yard price through Labor Day.


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Date: 9/2/06 6:17 PM

Hands down - rayon/lycra jersey. I absolutely cannot live without it. Nearly all of my knit tops are r/l.

Your Juliette knit sounds great but I'm afraid it would be too warm for here. :-(

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Date: 9/2/06 6:19 PM

I like the weight and appearance of the Juliette, too. If I'm not mistaken, this stuff at fabric.com is Juliette.

ETA: I just noticed Gigi's post and yes, it's winter fabric down here.
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Date: 9/2/06 6:22 PM

hmmm... all the poly's have such great colors and prints, but I don't wear unnatural fibers (I just get way too hot).

My TNT's are cotton poplin, cotton twill (denim or otherwise, stretch or no-stretch), cotton lawn, linen (all weights, but especially handerkerchief) and the occaisional rayon/blend for something that absolutely must have extra drape.

I like silk charmeuse but I have trouble easing and hemming it sometimes so I don't use it as often as I might otherwise. Love dupioni, but don't have tons of things in it right now (although I have several lengths waiting to be made into something or other-- I use it as a substitute for the cotton poplin sometimes).

Unfortunately, Hancock's doesn't usually carry any of those (except the twill and sometimes the poplin) so I end up having to buy online for most things. I wish I could buy "live" more often.

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Date: 9/2/06 6:30 PM

I think I have sewn more with cotton/lycra knits than with any other fabric. I prefer the medium/heavier weights, but I like them all.

I recently bought an RTW top made from rayon/lycra doubleknit, and I think it is my new favorite--very smooth and slimming. I'll probably be buying some of the rayon blend knits from Emma One Sock next time I want to make t-shirts.

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Date: 9/2/06 7:07 PM

For tops my two favourites are cotton ribknit and cotton/lycra jersey. My stash agrees. A close third is rayon/lycra jersey but only the good stuff. Sadly many fabric stores only stock the poor quality.

For bottom weight, any sort of cotton stretch woven as long as it isn't twill/drill.

I love cotton!

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Date: 9/2/06 7:52 PM

I have the black & the periwinkle -- I'm making pants for my trip to Ireland. I've decided that the knits are what I really need for packing & traveling. I've never worked with the Juliette before, but I sure will in future! Love the stuff & the weight is just right for the Oregon/Irish climate! I have a TNT pattern for elastic waist pants, so I won't be using the one-seam pattern for these, but that may be in my future, too!

I'm pretty sure I'll have enough of the periwinkle for a shell & I have a really pretty print silk peri. & navy oversize-shirt to wear for that "finished/pulled-together look"! (I hope!)



ETA: As far as the every-day comfort zone stuff (the actual topic), I'd have to admit to the fact I call myself the denim-diva!
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Date: 9/2/06 9:22 PM

Well, my all-time favorite garment that I've made is my sweatpants from Malden Mills' Windblock. Great stuff. I only wear them in cool weather, because they are very warm. But I love them.


I'll have to try this juliet fabric; it seems like the cotton might allow enough breathability. Thanks (I think) for introducing me to it.

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Date: 9/2/06 10:03 PM

Karla, Your Fabric.com website has the Juliette knit for the lowest price.

PVA I'm sure your knit pants will be perfect for your trip to Ireland. The periwinkle is a beautiful color.

Anne, I just went on the Malden Mills retail store website for the first time. It looks like a great way to order Polartec lycra fleece, which is a cold weather favorite of mine.

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Date: 9/2/06 10:13 PM

Is that Juliette similar to the Ponte knit over at JoAnn? I have some of that and it is very nice! I have black and charcoal grey and was going to make a winter skirt with it. I'd like to Joann.com, but their site is wonky right now and won't let me click on the fabric. It is a nice beefy knit, like the fabric.com website describes, and I'm pretty sure the same fabric content. At Joann, it came in dark colors, but I can see some nice workout clothes or cardigans out of the colorful stuff!

My favorites right now are cotton/lycra and cotton rib/knit. Whenever I see rayon/lycra, I think slinky which I don't like sewing with. Is all rayon/lycra as difficult to sew as slinky?

Jen
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