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Date: 6/18/12 6:18 PM

I'm would really like to have some nice fitting wrinkle free dress shirts - for when I go to work. I found I like the satin material as it doesn't seem to wrinkle that much, but I'm wondering if there is something better. I really want something that will look good, without me having to iron it and that I won't wash every day. I also like solid colors. Does anyone have any recommendations, or some place to start?

P.S. This is for male shirts :)

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Date: 6/19/12 0:08 AM

I noticed that fabricmartfabrics.com now has something called "wrinkle free shirting." I haven't tried it yet, but I am tempted.

I have some wrinkle free shirts that I bought from Target, and I end up wearing them all the time because they never have to be ironed.

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Date: 6/20/12 3:09 PM

I looked at those fabrics, but the color selection is pretty limited :(

After much googling I found out the following:

- for 100% cotton wrinkle free shirts, the companies use some special resin with formaldehyde treatment; because this is has to be done after applying the dyes, it seems companies usually do it at the end of the manufacturing process and don't stock pre cured fabrics much

- synthetic materials like nylon and polyester seem to be a lot more wrinkle resistant, but they are not as breathable as cotton

So till now, it seems that my best bet would be to use those blended fabrics cotton/nylon or cotton/polyester - anyone has experience with them and if they are indeed much less wrinkly ?

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Date: 6/20/12 3:21 PM

Have you checked out the shirting on sale for 75% off at Michaels' Fabrics website? They are not marketed as wrinkle free but most of what he has is so high quality they wrinkle very little.

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Date: 6/20/12 4:03 PM

65% poly blended with 35% cotton is a traditional fairly wrinkle-free blend. It will be warmer than the 50/50 blend, that breathes a little more in warmer weather. Taken out of the dryer promptly, a 50/50 blend is usually good to go. Especially after a few washes & using a perma-press dry cycle.

70% cotton & 30% poly blended shirts are nice but do need a touch up with the iron.

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Date: 6/20/12 7:16 PM

Quote: zamolxisdacus
I looked at those fabrics, but the color selection is pretty limited :(



After much googling I found out the following:



- for 100% cotton wrinkle free shirts, the companies use some special resin with formaldehyde treatment; because this is has to be done after applying the dyes, it seems companies usually do it at the end of the manufacturing process and don't stock pre cured fabrics much



- synthetic materials like nylon and polyester seem to be a lot more wrinkle resistant, but they are not as breathable as cotton



So till now, it seems that my best bet would be to use those blended fabrics cotton/nylon or cotton/polyester - anyone has experience with them and if they are indeed much less wrinkly ?

Resin impregnated cotton breathes about as well as 70%poly 30% cotton, and has the advantages of not lasting as long, and being more expensive.

so-called wrinkle resistant garments are treated after they're sewn because one of the ways that you make a garment looked unwrinkled is to press it so that are nice creases where there are supposed to be creases. If you used pre treated fabric, they wouldn't hold those as well. treat a garment that has them pressed in, and you get much better results. At least until they wear out at the creases.

If you're making your own, use high quality all cotton fabric, with long staples, and you'll have much better results.
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Date: 6/21/12 11:16 AM

Thank you so much for all the feedback. I've pretty much written off the resin treated fabrics, and they aren't easily available anyway.

I've went to my local fabrics store and I did see those 65% poly / 35% cotton blends and they do indeed do not seem to wrinkle much, so that's a great tip. I've seen a recommendation for high quality cotton with long staples too - should I expect a similar wrinkle resistance from that?

I've found a nice color on Michael's Fabrics website: http://www.michaelsfabrics.com/store/product467.html - it is a cotton/wool blend though and I'm not sure how wrinkle resistant that would be.

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Date: 6/22/12 10:51 AM

A favorite fabric with smockers is Imperial Broadcloth. It is a (I think) 65/35 poly cotton blend. I've made TONS of childrens clothes with this fabric and it washes and wears like iron. I've made a few blouses too and they were OK. Not as pretty as the 100% cotton, but I didn't have to iron them either.

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Date: 6/24/12 7:12 AM

I'll second Robbie's Imperial broadcloth suggestion. It washes so well, that I used it to make the scrubs that are my DD's favorites, and trust me, she doesn't iron her scrubs. Some of these sets are 8 and 9 years old and they are still holding up.

However, I caved and ordered some wrinkle-free cotton from fabricmart, too. I've been buying my DH wrinkle-free cotton shirts from Dillards for quite a few years, and they have freed us from scheduling our lives around trips to the cleaners (since I dug my heels in years ago and flatly refused to continue to starch and iron his shirts.) What they have to do to that fabric to make it wrinkle-free shortens its life expectancy, but replacing the shirts more often is off-set by the reduction in dry cleaner charges.

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Date: 6/24/12 1:08 PM

Just picked up some lovely Sale soft linen blends in Hancock's for my GS, if you are near any. Pieces pre-washed wrinkle-free. Came in nice subtle fine stripes in shades of tans and blues and heather solids.

Scrunch a fabric in your hand a while, then let go and see if it relaxes with no wrinkles.
Land's End is also good for shirt quality. H. used to love their heavier oxford types for winter and chambray-like for summer.
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