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Date: 9/18/07 10:43 AM

I would like to build some Perma-Press shirts. I haven't sewn for a long time and am just getting back into it. How do you buy Perma-Press fabric? or can you? How is it labeled, what does one look for, etc?

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Date: 9/19/07 11:01 AM

Linco,

This is just a "Yeah! Me too!" post. I like to make most of my husband's shirts, but haven't made too many lately because he thinks that if I sew all-cotton I should iron them for him, too.

Not!

I try to explain that I just can't buy the 40% polyester fabric that his RTW no-iron shirts are made of and that he should iron shirts himself. Nope. He wears them wrinkly, and I'm embarrassed to say I made the shirt.

If anybody has some links to no-iron or permanent press shirt fabrics, I'd love to see them!

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Date: 9/19/07 11:08 AM

I have the same trouble. I hate ironing. I look for polyester/cotton blends. They generally are pretty wrinkle-free, although they don't specifically say perm-press or no-iron. I have found some in solid colors at JoAnns, although very lightweight. Most of these Denver Fabrics tartans are poly/cotton blends - I just got three (and they're on sale!).
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Subject: How do you buy Permanent Press or No-iron? Date: 9/19/07 5:27 PM

Mmmm... tartans don't work for me. My husband has recently declared that he doesn't want to wear a plaid shirt and risk looking like Al Borland from 'Home Improvement'! I need something for dress shirts!

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Date: 9/19/07 11:26 PM

Don't know how "Manly" this might be, but I see/have bought lots of nice cotton/lycra shirtings that need virtually no ironing when washed. If they do get a little rumpled looking, a little steaming in the bathroom during a shower usually more than does the trick.

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Subject: How do you buy Permanent Press or No-iron? Date: 9/20/07 7:40 AM

To me, permanent press fabric is polyester, or better, a poly/cotton blend [the poly keeps it wrinkle-free, the cotton lets it breath]. At least 50% polyester will make it come out of the dryer looking great.

When sewing, a pressed-open seam, or a pressed hem even becomes permanently pressed. If it doesn't seem to press a nice crease, use a press cloth and raise the temperature of your iron.

The poly/cotton blend can be difficult to find. I've been lucking out big time, finding them on Walmart's $1 yard table...Mill Creek brand [high quality, and the name is printed on the selvage edge].

I know marshalldrygoods.com carries blends [do an advanced search there for polyester cotton], but I've never purchased from them to know their quality.

Broadcloth is usually poly/cotton, but I'm not thrilled about it...Joann's broadcloth seems very low quality. I don't know, maybe all broadcloths are like that.

Someone reviewed a web site that carried lots of Hawaiian fabrics [sorry, can't remember the name], and they had a lot of blends. A search of 'web site reviews' would turn it up, I bet.

The only other option I know to try, is to do a google search for: fabric, polyester cotton, $ yard.

Good luck :)

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Date: 9/20/07 7:53 AM

Would Imperial Broadcloth work? It is poly and cotton and you can find it at smocking shops. I use it a lot for smocking don't see why it would work for shirts, too.

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Date: 9/20/07 9:39 AM

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Broadcloth is usually poly/cotton, but I'm not thrilled about it...Joann's broadcloth seems very low quality. I don't know, maybe all broadcloths are like that.

It does. I made Mr H one shirt out of that, and he loves it. His doctor even asked him where he got it when he wore it in for an appointment once.

The Imperial broadcloth certainly might be worth a look, Robbie Jo.

I found a few poly-cotton blend shirtings that would work for men at Fashion Fabrics Club by searching on "polyester cotton blouses" here:

http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/Catalog_items.aspx?Query=polyester+cotton+blouses



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Subject: How do you buy Permanent Press or No-iron? Date: 9/20/07 11:07 AM

I've made my DD scrubs from the Imperial broadcloth and she loves them and - trust me here - she doesn't iron them. They're smooth and elegantly drapey and she gets compliments even on some sets she's been washing and wearing for 3 years. I think the secret to making Imperial broadcloth shirts that don't need ironing would be to stretch the seams as you sew, to avoid the puckered seams that are often the reason "no-iron" shirts need to be ironed.

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Date: 9/23/07 5:49 AM

Thanks for the link. I was so surprised to see the panne velvet in a poly/cotton blend...I didn't know that even existed.

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