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Subject: Stretch bengaline in the USA? Date: 3/30/11 0:16 AM

Specifically for stretch woven pants (not a flimsy weight) such as the Style Arc Linda pants pattern. I see the Aussie ladies have sources there, but looking for someplace to purchase for delivery in the US.
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Date: 3/31/11 4:10 AM

Me too!! and for the same reason (Style Arc pant patterns).

The ladies from Australia described the best blend for the fabric content as being Rayon/Nylon/Spandex (the best quality; as much as a 35% stretch), Polyester/Rayon Lycra (mid-road; about a 20% stretch) and finally Polyester/Lycra (low end; no stretch percentage but one poster said this was 'scratchy' on the skin). Per Chloe of style arc, the pattern I have (Kate's Cruisin Capri's). was designed for a N/S/P blend with a 30% stretch.

With the above information - I went hunting and what I found was a single source on ebay that sells what he calls stretch bengaline -- a brown in the P/R/S blend, and other colors in the P/S. Given this was the only source I could find I ordered a chunk of both blends and when it arrives I'll sew up a mockup of the kate pants in each and post a report. I'm hopefully going to find that a 20% will work 'okay' since it is all I could find.

His prices were cheap, btw -- worked out to approx $6.00/yard after I paid shipping.


Something my research taught me is that in the USA, sometimes this fabric is referred to as 'stretch faille' -- so as you check fabric stores in your area (if you're lucky enough to have them) be sure to reference this fabric both ways. Where I am, I have ONE decent fabric store (Haberman's) who had never heard of a stretch bengaline, and who did not carry a stretch faille.

If you find a source, please be sure to post it. I am definately interested in finding some of a better quality blend and/or have options beyond plain solids. I'm sure the other USA customer's of Style Arc will be greatful as well. thanks!!

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Date: 3/31/11 6:20 AM

If you are using 20% stretch, with the Cruising Kate Pants, make sure you add a little extra to the side seam just in case. My first pair with the 20% bengaline were verrrrry tight, very RTW but not too comfortable.
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Date: 3/31/11 7:06 AM

Wikipedia has this to say about it:

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Pique, coachman's whipcord, diagonal serge, and surah are similar to bengaline silk.

and I also found descriptions saying that it has a crosswise rib, & is similar to faille but heavier.

This isn't stretch, but this page gives an idea of what the fabric looks like close-up
bengaline

I found one source of stretch bengaline that doesn't currently carry it, & that's it! :o

Maybe this would work: 25% stretch pique that is described as 'medium weight'. (Oh, I just realized that is for a 15 yard bolt!)

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Date: 3/31/11 7:41 AM

The bengaline we have here in Australia, normally has the stretch running parallel to the selvedge. The garments are cut with the pattern's grainline laid between the selvedges - opposite to the normal layout.

I have bengaline fabric in woven stripes and solid colours, some plain and some with a woven rib pattern or tiny pleats. The fabric is very popular in RTW and several fashion chains carry pull-on Bengaline pants, as a staple fashion item. The colours vary from season to season and the lengths change from full length in winter to capri length or 7/8 in summer.

Not in the USA but a good bengaline - closeup photo


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Date: 3/31/11 7:41 AM

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This isn't stretch, but this page gives an idea of what the fabric looks like close-up

While stretch bengaline does have the ribs it doesn't look like (non-stretch) bengaline. The ribs are much, much finer. Really fine. They aren't noticable like in the photo.

Fabric.com had some stretch bengaline recently. I believe a lot of PR members snapped it up as there was some discussion about it on the boards at the time. HTH

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Date: 3/31/11 7:48 AM

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If you are using 20% stretch, with the Cruising Kate Pants, make sure you add a little extra to the side seam just in case. My first pair with the 20% bengaline were verrrrry tight, very RTW but not too comfortable.

I agree with Rowena on this. I've made the Cruising Kate pants using two types of stretch bengaline (SB). The first pair had 35% stretch and were tight. Too tight. The second pair I made using a SB with 50% stretch were much better. For the Linda pants I used SB with 25% and the fit was spot on. It pays to cut with wide side seam allowanes just in case. HTH

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Date: 3/31/11 8:02 AM

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Fabric.com had some stretch bengaline recently.

It wasn't the good stuff.

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Date: 3/31/11 8:13 AM

A long time ago, and I mean years, I purchased a fabric from Wazoodle that was called stretch bengaline. I just did a search and found no bengaline now, stretch or non-stretch. And I believe I read here that the site has fallen out of favor.

Just searched on tutu.com, where I recently purchased non-stretch bengaline, but didn't see any stretch bengaline. Good luck!

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Date: 3/31/11 8:46 AM

I have hunted high and low, and the only USA based resource I found thus far was the store on ebay -- he doesn't reference stretch percentage, and what he has is not the good stuff (R/N/S), but I'm buying from him anyway -- just in case, because he's the only one I've found thus far.

question to the Aussie ladies -- if it comes to this -- would any of you help one of your cousin sewists from accross the pond and ship fabrics to me? I would, of course, pay the postage costs etc -- but even going to the australian stores mentioned elsewhere as potential sources for this fabric has yielded no results and I'm feeling a bit at my wits end. If you're willing, send me a PM. Thanks. -- mlss
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