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looking for fabric for camis for winter
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Date: 11/11/12 4:46 PM

HI all,
For many years, I have been wearing Campmor's silk camis in the winter. They are so thin that they are nearly invisible under clothes, but they do such a nice job of keeping me warm.
This is the product:
http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___68158

They are just wonderful, and I would like to make some, but can't seem to find the silk knit fabric. And I don't know what might be a good substitute. I kind of think that the fact that it is a knit makes it a better insulator, but maybe that's not so.

Can anyone give me some ideas? There's no point in paying more than $20 a yard for silk since I can buy the cami for that, and there's no fitting issue with this type of item.

I searched PR, but only found Very Old threads that didn't give me much help.

Any thoughts or suggestions on what might work for me?
Rose

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Date: 11/11/12 5:11 PM

I haven't seen it cheaper than your target price. Maybe someone else has.
I use silk jersey for my layering t's year-round. I agree, it's great for that.

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Date: 11/11/12 5:12 PM

Oh, I've seen blends at Mood for less than $20 yd.

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Date: 11/11/12 5:32 PM

Kashi at Metro Textiles had a nice mid weight silk knit in solid colours for $14 per yard when I visited in May 2012 at PR weekend.

There was some at Mood for $18 per yard too.

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Date: 11/11/12 5:36 PM

Emma One Sock has gorgeous top quality 100% silk knits, but double the price. You're going to be better off cost-wise to purchase RTW, imo.

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Date: 11/11/12 5:44 PM

I also looked at Dharma Trading - no knit, but they do have a plain silk knit cami for $9.

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Date: 11/11/12 7:34 PM

Nick of Time textiles has a couple silk knits that must be lightweight, given that they run like $8 a yard. Only reason I haven't ordered is that I'm hunting for more hefty knot silk, but it's worth a shot?

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Date: 11/11/12 9:56 PM

At those prices, if you've got the bucks, sure it's worth a shot. Try 'em--and then report back to us!

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Date: 11/12/12 1:37 AM

Have you considered tech fabrics, like UnderArmor? Rockywoods does have both HeatGear and ColdGear in stock.

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Date: 11/12/12 4:56 AM

Wow, there are some really good suggestions here. Thanks very much to all of you.

I've already ordered from Dharma trading, and am waiting for info from Nick of Time.
Rose

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