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Need a tough pant fabric
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wood turtle

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Date: 6/25/12 10:49 PM

My sister and I both have the problem of full inner thighs that rub together and make pants wear out fast if fabric is of poor quality. It is most noticable in the rear crotch area, just behind the inseams.

I don't think it is a fitting problem, just that the fabric wears out. I searched the board and didn't find anything, but I think the "chub rub" thread is related to this.

My sister has bought some very expensive ready to wear pants and has this problem sometimes after just a few wearings, that the fabric starts to pill and wear out. I notice this on my pants and shorts too, but the problem seems less with heavier denim fabric.

I thought that maybe a gabardine would work better than a softer fabric, such as wool crepe, but any suggestions would be appreciated. Or if you have this problem, what fabrics do you notice wear the best.

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Date: 6/25/12 10:53 PM

I have better wear in pants with a higher cotton content. If you can find a heavier closely woven twill that would be great. If you use polyester garbardine they will wear out eventually but they pill pretty quickly.

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Date: 6/25/12 10:55 PM

Dressier or more casual? You already discovered denims. Twills as Julia C mentioned. Fabric.com has some 100% cotton ripstop now that I got for my kids actually and it is very nice.

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Date: 6/25/12 10:59 PM

Dressy or casual? Both. Any fabric that will work I will be interested in trying out.

For my sister, I would be interested in finding a good dress pant fabric.

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Date: 6/25/12 11:07 PM

If you can find nylon or nylon blends, they may work well. Someone else mentioned rip stop. That always used to be nylon but isn't so anymore. Nylon is used in sock yarns for heel and toe durability because it takes a lot to wear it out. There is a recent thread about stretch bengaline, which mentions nylon as the good stuff and polyester as the cheap stuff. Not sure you will be able to find it easily in the US, but it may be worth the cost of importing it if it doesn't wear out like other, more fragile fabrics.

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Date: 6/25/12 11:30 PM

Bumped two posts for you. One in Sewing Tips and Techniques and one in Miscellaneous.

Lesson I learned from two little boys; reinforce the fabric before the fibers have an opportunity to separate.

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Date: 6/25/12 11:43 PM

Tencel wears very well.

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Date: 6/26/12 0:02 AM

Thanks for the bumps. I appreciate it. I think we need a lesson in searching.

I think I will try the interfacing or polarfleece patching and see if that works.

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Date: 6/26/12 0:35 AM

My Mum used to put patches on the inside of the knees of my brother's pants. They would wear out from the inside, not the outside.

You may find with pants that lining them, even to the knee will help with wear.

I tend to have the same problem, but my pants last at least a couple years before it is a real problem. At that point I am happy to replace them.

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Date: 6/26/12 1:24 AM

I also have the problem, but not to such a high degree as it seems you and your sister do.

I would recommend chino if you can find it for more casual pants. It's very strong and durable. Poplin is also pretty durable and will come in a wide range of colors. Twill (as mentioned above) is quite strong as well.

If the poly starts to pill, I just let it. Because the pilling & wearing is so high up in the crotch region, no one can see it! So unless the fabric is actually starting to give out, then I wouldn't worry about it too much.

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