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Looking for Warm, Super Light-weight Fabric?
Preferably Woven, stable, for a Robe
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Date: 12/30/10 2:28 PM

My DM is pretty crippled with rheumatoid arthritis, and has become too weak to get her fleece robe on over her shoulders (even though it's a pretty light weight fleece) She can get her super lightweight poly summer robe on, so I'm looking for an appropriate fabric that would be good for winter wear for her.

A knit would be OK as long as it's pretty stable; the main thing is the weight of the fabric. Other factors are that it needs to be washable, & have a soft feel next to the skin.

Any help is appreciated!

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Date: 12/30/10 2:34 PM

Years ago I have a silk robe that was wonderful. Unlined it was warm in winter and cool in summer. I machine washed it all the time, even put it into the dryer with no ill effect. I wore that robe right out.

Does she want a wrap style robe or a gown style (with zipper) robe? My Grandmother had rheumatoid Arthritis in her hands, and could not do up a wrap robe, but a zip up gown styled one worked with a big chunky zipper pull.

Would a stole to put over her summer robe do the trick?

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Date: 12/30/10 2:42 PM

Thanks Michelle - I've considered silk, but was thinking there might be an active-wear type of fabric out there that might be better. Silk will be my back-up choice though :)

She can't handle a zipper - her hands & fingers just don't work well anymore What I've done is sew ties on at each side of the waist (as opposed to just having a tie looped through loops), & she can wrap the tie ends around each other for closure.

Once she's sitting she has a lap shawl for extra warmth. Her difficulty with shawls & robes is lifting them up to cover her shoulders. She is amazing...really amazing...at how well she copes in trying to maintain her independence, but I can see how much she struggles at times - I'm just trying to do what I can to make it as easy as possible for her.

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Date: 12/30/10 3:34 PM

superfine merino wool?

ok, may be very difficult to find this.... but it is nice stuff
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Date: 12/30/10 3:35 PM

microfleece?

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Date: 12/30/10 3:55 PM

My mother used to have a robe that was her favorite, very lightweight, it was a quilted satin. I believe it was polyester because we used to pop it in the washer & hang it, or put it in the dryer. If you could find some prequilted satin, it should be an easy enough project. Despite it's weight it was very warm, and smooth to the touch.

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Date: 12/30/10 4:03 PM

I like the waffle robes. They are cotton and come in pretty colors. Joanns carries an oatmeal colored waffle cotton that could be dyed for better color choices.

My second thought is a woven supplex. There was loads on clearance from a site recently. Can't remember which one though. It's athletic quality. Very absorbent. But, I couldn't speak to the softness of it.

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Date: 12/30/10 4:11 PM

There are some great suggestions here - thanks everyone

I'm off to the fabric store; will see what they have to feel up....

Oh, & if I find anything & buy it, sewing something necessary for someone else does not count in the fabric fast....I'm just sayin'......

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Date: 12/30/10 4:54 PM

I might be a bit too late, but I vote for flannel. I've had a flannel robe for years. It's lightweight, but warm without being overly hot.

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Date: 12/30/10 4:57 PM

I might be too late but... I do a bit of overnight hiking so I try to keep the weight and volume down on what goes into the backpack. Polartec 100 is nice and light (about 140g for a jumper) or if you want something warmer try the Polartec Powerstretch (120g for the same jumper but more bulky).

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