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Message Board > Fashion Styles and Trends > Finding great fabric for knit tops ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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Finding great fabric for knit tops
may not be as hard as I thought
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Date: 7/21/11 11:46 AM

because they all seem to be solids!
Ann Taylor knit tops

I chose Ann Taylor because I think this shop appeals to many women younger and older.

I'm trying to look first at current fashion then make a top to copy (as I'm definitely not a designer or even a good stylist!)

This is what I don't get about EOS - I see the cute prints but I don't see tops made of those prints. Maybe I'm not looking in the right place?
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Date: 7/25/11 1:31 PM

I know. I don't get it, either. Do you think the fabric stores get the dud fabric that RTW decides not to use in their real clothes?

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Date: 7/25/11 1:56 PM

I think big RTW manufacturers like Ann Taylor don't carry a lot of prints because (1) they want to sell things that coordinate with the other items in THEIR store and (2) more importantly - you can't guarantee a print will appeal to the masses, whereas a solid color is much more "generally acceptable."

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Date: 7/25/11 2:51 PM

I love lots of those styles and I think it is because they are a bit plain. I pinned some of them onto Pinterest here and really want to use the ideas for some creative sewing this fall. BTW, can we integrate the ideas on this tee thread into the 2 sticks and a string thread?
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Date: 7/25/11 8:11 PM

I need to find some of that nice knit that Banana Republic and Ann Taylor use in their blouses too. I need to make a couple of solid color blouses for DD in washable knit fabric. I can't seem to find the right pattern--one with layered ruffles (2 or 3) that show one under the other. I'm thinking of trying to make my own ruffle pattern pieces to attach to a basic shell. So far I've found somewhat acceptable substitutes in New Look 6755, view D (except that I'll had the cap sleeves from view A) and Simplicity 2554 view B, I think.

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Date: 7/25/11 9:26 PM

I personally like prints because they help hide all those bumps and lumps that seem to pop up over night once you hit 40. I have learned to stick with prints that have only one or two colorswhich you can find at EOS
I lke Ann Taylor, there are some really cute, modern clothes and they aren't as poorly made as some of the other RTW stuff that you find. But, everything in the store goes with everything else in the store, but nothing else on the planet! They have beautiful, subtle colors and they do a great job of presenting as wardrobes

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Date: 7/26/11 8:52 AM

JoAnn's sale this week touts KNITS on sale with a big cover pix.
But ours has maybe 12 print knits in the store, either wild or ugly or
kiddie ones. The plain colors are all wishy-washy or heavy. Meanwhile, they have hundreds of the silkies, which are harder to sew, don't stretch, and are hotter. Does anyone sew a lot of tops in this, maybe for dressier office wear?

The Hancock's lady told me RTW corners the market, so altho they tell corporate customers ask for knits, they don't get many, and then some are $12/yd.! Why are they so much when online places can sell for 1/2 that?

So many of the RTW have loud prints, like "Hello, here's my top, not me coming." I like to wear plain pants with the print on top, but have trouble finding the subtle print knit fabric. So I'm leaning to the ideas in TJ Maxx, where they have a lot of soft plain colors with trim on the necklines of twisted flowers, ruching, ruffles. By the time I make some, next spring it will be something new!

Just curious--for any European members, do those EOS fabrics that say made in Italy etc. run any cheaper near you?
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Date: 7/26/11 8:55 AM

OOOOOH!
Some real women with real ages and shapes!
What catalogs?

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Date: 7/26/11 9:13 AM

I love this idea - I'm going to check out your pinterest board too.

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Date: 8/9/11 10:34 AM

This is EXACTLY what I've been complaining about too!!! I love to make pretty tops more than anything, but finding nice prints is next to impossible. As I'm not skinny, I prefer prints with dark backgrounds. Why are they all so humongous and lurid? I check Fabrics.com often, and have had the best luck there, only because of the volume. many times I order something only to find that yes, the print is bigger than I thought.

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