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Date: 6/4/11 12:48 PM

Yes, I KNOW my fabric stash is totally out of control but I don't have the fabric I need so I have to buy some. And it's raining here and I don't want to drive 1 1/2 hours to get fabric. I usually don't buy fabric off the internet because I just have to touch it but I know a lot of you do. I'm hoping you can tell me what kind of fabric I need.

I need fabric to make pants now that I have a decent pants pattern. If i want to make casual capri pants that don't come out of the dryer needing to be ironed, what fabric should I be looking for? Stretch cotton? Stretch twill? And how do I know the fabric is "beefy" enough (pant weight) so that it doesn't show every bump and bulge?

For dressier pants for work, what kind of fabric might I be looking for that is work appropriate (no cotton, linens) but not too heavy for the hot summer?

Also what are your favorite fabric internet stores for buying fabric?

Thanks for any help. Susan

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Date: 6/4/11 3:21 PM

I love fabric.com, Michaels and fabricmart.com. I've also bought from Gorgeous fabrics and Vogue fabrics. They will all send samples if you request (some charge a small sum for the swatches)

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Date: 6/4/11 3:59 PM

My favourite is Emma One Sock. Linda does a very good job of photographing the fabrics as well as describing them in detail. You can also order swatches. There is information about various fabric types and how to care for them on her website as well. Her fabrics are quite high end but compared to the other online stores I've ordered from the service and quality of EOS is much better.

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Date: 6/4/11 6:58 PM

How about a poplin? It may be cotton, poly, or a combination of both which is ideal. Is your pattern fitted for a bit of stretch? If so, yes, a mid weight stretch twill or poplin would be good.
I would try Melody at Fashionista Fabrics and and also Gorgeous Things. They will both get back with suggestions. Also Fabric.com has such a good variety.

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Date: 6/5/11 7:56 PM

Oh no!! I've stopped myself from buying fabric over the internet all these years because I figured "You get what you get, which may not be what you want." But now you nice people are telling me that I can email someone and tell them what I'm looking for and they'll help me? And send swatches? Huh, that's better service then I get in the fabric store.I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing. And I love the idea of stretch poplin. I don't know why I didn't think of that. Great idea. Thanks all.

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Date: 6/10/11 0:12 AM

I agree with the idea of using poplin. Vogue Fabrics has some on sale for $1.99 and most is $2.99. Click on polyester and then poplin. My orders have been shipped quickly. After my first shipment arrived, I realized that all of my work pants were of the same fabric.

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