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Date: 8/14/10 10:45 PM

Has anyone recently purchased online any nice fabrics for a basic white shirt? I'm thinking cottons or blends (linen or silk,) nothing too crisp.)

I purchased a cotton/spandex from Joanns and it's horribly stiff, feels like a sheet.

I have a few different items in my shopping cart at Fabric.com. I'll also be in NYC in a few weeks and want to look then too.

I've just never made a standard white shirt and really don't know what I'm looking for. I can't even find a generic white oxford cloth type of fabric.

Oh, and not terribly wrinkly either.

Thanks for any help you might have.

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Date: 8/14/10 11:08 PM

When I am looking for cottong shirtings, I check out Farmhouse Fabrics.
Her things are fabulous, a dream to sew with and I have never been dissapointed with anything I have gotten from her.
I was checking out her site to get the link, and I had to order a few more shirts worth.

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Damn the muslin, full speed ahead!

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Date: 8/15/10 8:28 AM

When you're in NYC check out Parons at 206 W 40th St between 7th and 8th Aves (on the downtown/south side of the street). They have lovely fabrics, good prices (especially in the side room where everything is discounted off of the price on the bolt), are lovely to deal with (dry humor always helps) and I believe that they will ship. They are the store for Manhattan Fabrics ( http://www.manhattanfabrics.com/index.cgi ). They always have lots of high quality basic fabrics. They also have a seat for trailing spouses/friends.

Online also try Michael's Fabrics ( http://www.michaelsfabrics.com/ ). Again high quality, good prices and excellent service. Michael's has lots more fabric than what they sell online.

I believe that both places will send swatches.
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Date: 8/15/10 8:36 AM

If you want 100% cotton, then you want to look for long staple Egyptian or sea Island cotton and you want a high thread count. You shouldn't obviously see the threads. Long staple cotton wrinkles less and wears well. Beckensteins in the garment district, don't remember the street it's on, has the most luscious display of shirting in the window. They used to be on the lower east side. They specialize in mens wear. Paron has some nice shirting too. The fabrics should have a silky feel.
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Date: 8/15/10 8:37 AM

I second Michaels Fabrics. You can e-mail them and tell them you are looking for shirting and they will send you their swatches. Their cusomer service is excellent.

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Date: 8/15/10 1:35 PM

Here's the Beckensteins menswear information: http://www.fabricczar.com/neal.htm The family business split up and the menswear part is at 237 W 39th St. The website is fascinating with a list of clients that includes "Mafia", "Devil in a Blue Dress" and "Fidel Castro". There's also a home dec fabric business that survived after the split. Fascinating. Thank you Nancy K!

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Date: 8/15/10 1:59 PM

Don't forget Dharma Trading Co. when it comes to white fabric! I've used their Pimatex cotton, but it's crisp. You might want to try the sandwashed broadcloth. They have swatches for everything at a very reasonable price.

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Date: 8/16/10 1:19 PM

I second Dharma Trading. You might want to get their swatch pack for cottons, linens, silks, and bamboos. I think the heavyweight silk crepe would be heavenly as a white shirt, as would the bamboo dobby.

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Date: 8/16/10 3:25 PM

I had thought of Dharma trading too as my daughter used to order a lot of stuff from them for her textile classes. I think I will go ahead and order some swatches. I do have some fabrics from there but I don't know what's what.

I also did like that Farmhouse fabrics link. They have wonderful stuff.

I was just now working on a pattern for a shirt with a nice fabric I have already. Shirts are never easy.

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Date: 8/16/10 6:49 PM

A good quality white sheet would make you several nice shirts.
I made my husband a real nice white shirt out of a good white muslin.
Have fun in your search.....I know it is more exciting to shop for fabric than it is a sheet...
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