SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Platinum Sponsor
Fashion Fabrics Club
Fashion Fabrics Club

Forum > Fabrics and more... > Hemp, tell me more ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Hemp, tell me more
Sewing not smoking
MNBarb
starstarstarstar
MNBarb  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Minnesota USA
Member since 4/3/10
Posts: 1540
Send Message

      



Date: 3/31/12 9:46 AM

While I was looking for some cobalt blue twill online I stumbled upon this Hemp Basics website selling dyed hemp fabric. I love linen but don't like ramie (too scratchy and it doesn't wear well). Does anyone have any experience sewing with hemp fabric or own any garments made from it?



------
Barb
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas Edison
"I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow." Woodrow Wilson

Patti B
starstarstarstar
Patti B  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Oregon USA
Member since 9/29/02
Posts: 2388
Send Message

      



In reply to MNBarb <<


Date: 3/31/12 10:14 AM

Barb, I sewed a pair of cargo pants in hemp for our grown son last year. It was a pleasure to sew and very malleable. Hemp supposedly gets stronger with wearing but I can't comment on that. I hope it does because DS is very hard on clothes! The fabric has more drape than linen. I think you'll enjoy sewing and wearing it. Off to look at the site you posted.

------
Patti

R-r-r-ripping my way to fitting success

ChristinePDX
star
ChristinePDX
Advanced Beginner
Oregon USA
Member since 10/4/08
Posts: 540
Send Message

      



Date: 3/31/12 10:35 AM

I have a hemp blend (cotton, lycra) twisted front long-sleeved t that my mom bought for me years ago, I love it and have worn it out. The addition of the hemp in this fabric seems to give it a slightly bulkier feel and a more interesting slightly courser look to the weave than just cotton alone. Almost like a linen or raw silk. Since it is blended, not sure if that is helpful but that is my one, positive experience of hemp (besides Canadian money which is made out of hemp).

Vivienne
star
Vivienne
Intermediate
British Columbia CANADA
Member since 6/29/04
Posts: 1101
Send Message

      



Date: 3/31/12 12:46 PM

I made my husband some overalls many, many years ago. The fabric was like linen but drapier and shrank a LOT.

I dyed it myself, which is not my forte, and the colour turned out beautifully.

Like any fabric, there are different grades and some hemp fabrics might be a bit scratchy.

------
Cheap fabrics, like cheap shoes, are a false economy.

Sauvage
star
Sauvage  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
Member since 7/22/09
Posts: 718
Send Message

      



Date: 3/31/12 5:40 PM

Seems like some of the hemp/other fabrics blends are particularly good for garments. Dharma has some, and I think if you search "Hemp traders" you'll see some comments from other PR folks.

Personally I yearn for this:

Hemp/Silk Blend

but will probably have to wait to buy any till I
1-lose more weight
2-become a more experienced sewist, and
3-have a close family member getting married.

------
Jeanne
2014 yards in inventory: (to be counted)
Yards cut/sewn:58
Yards purchased: 46.3

"People....so much bigger on the inside." Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife," 6.04, by Neil Gaiman.

gabrielle

gabrielle
Beginner
Washington USA
Member since 3/27/02
Posts: 1547
Send Message

      



Date: 3/31/12 6:02 PM

I once owed a dress made from hemp, and wore it out. The weave resembled a fine linen, and it felt luxurious. It was drapier than linen, and washed and dried well. It also wore like iron.

gramma b
star
gramma b
USA
Member since 7/25/08
Posts: 3017
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



Date: 3/31/12 6:17 PM

Is hemp and the new bamboo used more in countries where it is produced and thus cheaper? I saw a report they are trying to cultivate more, altho forests are disappearing too.
I've often wondered what the blends are in humid countries where street photos look like things are freshly pressed, not like linen or plain cotton. Hate the regular linen, but some blends wash beautifully, just never remember what a good % is to look for.

JKimes
star
JKimes  Friend of PR
Expert/Couture
Texas USA
Member since 11/4/05
Posts: 537
Send Message

      



In reply to Sauvage <<


Date: 3/31/12 7:13 PM

Sauvage,

That fabric is wonderful! I made a custom wedding gown a few years ago with this and Silk Charmeuse. The wedding was a month after the couple's baby was born, so they had me make a baby sling to match her wedding dress.
The piece I worked with didn't have as much sheen as the photo, but it was beautiful.

Juliette

------
Juliette near Austin, TX
Bernina 830LE
Bernina 350PE
Babylock Evolution
ElnaPro 905DCX

a7yrstitch
star
a7yrstitch  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Texas USA
Member since 4/1/08
Posts: 5919
Send Message

      



In reply to MNBarb <<


Date: 3/31/12 7:23 PM

Hubbie and I each have a hemp shirt. Every time we wear them, we're thinking, why don't we wear these more often? Purchased at REI bargain basement end of season sale. Soft, comfortable, cool. Good color retention, particularly when you remember that my cold water wash is not cold in peak summer months.

------
I have no idea what Apple thought I was saying so be a Peach and credit anything bizarre to auto correct.

Sauvage
star
Sauvage  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
Member since 7/22/09
Posts: 718
Send Message

      



In reply to JKimes <<


Date: 3/31/12 9:56 PM

Quote:
they had me make a baby sling to match her wedding dress.


That must have made a really cute portfolio picture. The silk/hemp baby sling with month-old baby....

Anyway, good to hear it really is lovely fabric. I can continue to think about it (and imagine it coming out of a dyebath some shade of teal or green.....)

------
Jeanne
2014 yards in inventory: (to be counted)
Yards cut/sewn:58
Yards purchased: 46.3

"People....so much bigger on the inside." Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife," 6.04, by Neil Gaiman.

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Fabrics and more... >> Hemp, tell me more

Merchants on PR

Reconstructing History


Reconstructing History
Web site

Elliott Berman Textiles


Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!

Gwyn Hug


Fabric Shopping Help!
Deals!

Victoria Jones Collection


Timeless Hawaiian styles
Web site

So Vintage Patterns


Thank You for Joining!
Deals!

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Sew a Designer Unlined Jacket
Sew a Designer Unlined Jacket

Register

Clone Your Favorite Garment
Clone Your Favorite Garment

Register

Folkwear 240

photo
by: FreyaStark

Review
Sewing Workshop Urban T-Shirt & Pants Pattern

Sewing Workshop Urban T-Shirt & Pants Pattern

Buy Now
A-Door-Ables

A-Door-Ables

Buy Now

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.