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Date: 2/19/13 1:22 PM

I did a quick search and most of the results were fairly old so I thought I would ask again.

I'm looking for a study jean fabric for my first pair of jeans. I have very hard on my jeans and wear them to work around the farm so they can not be sissy pants.

I have ordered swatches of fabric that I thought might work only to be disappointed when they arrive. They either are light weight, have a "funny" look to them or feel scratchy all of which I couldn't tell from looking at the photo on the website. I was hoping for fabric that isn't made in China .

Another point I would like to touch on is (jean) fabric weights.
I ordered 2 yards of what I thought was 10.68 ounce. The description said it was a midweight fabric. When I got it the material felt more like shirt fabric to me. The 13.93 ounce swatch is a little better. I shied away from the 19 ounce because the item description said something like industrial machine needed. All in all so far it seems like the weights are not very consistent when comparing the swatches. What am I missing?
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Date: 2/19/13 2:35 PM

I think 12oz is typical of "jeans denim"; 10oz is the light side of the range, something towards "fashion jeans".
I read something somewhere that 3-5oz is shirt or dress weight denim.

The jean sew-along sticky should have some good sources still; I've bought from Denver Fabrics and Fabric.com (when they were clearing out their Metropolis fabric), as well as Mood.

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Date: 2/19/13 4:57 PM

I received some of my best denim from Lura's. Sorry I can't link from work but it's www.lurasfabricshop.com. You can order samples.

Mood Fabrics also has nice denim and will send swatches. They don't have much detail in their descriptions so I would recommend getting the samples.

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Date: 2/20/13 10:44 AM

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As you are saying that you will wear it at your farm also, you should buy a comfortable and loose jeans. Guys have less options in dresses, but girls have hot. Girls can wear loose trousers, jeans, skinny jeans, stretchable jeans.



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Date: 2/20/13 8:17 PM

Quote: luckysweetheart
I think 12oz is typical of "jeans denim"; 10oz is the light side of the range, something towards "fashion jeans".

I read something somewhere that 3-5oz is shirt or dress weight denim.



The jean sew-along sticky should have some good sources still; I've bought from Denver Fabrics and Fabric.com (when they were clearing out their Metropolis fabric), as well as Mood.

The weights fabric sellers quote are pretty meaningless. It's rarely clear if it's per square yard, per linear yard of the fabric, or what. Nor do they say where the number comes from, did they weigh the fabric themselves, did they get the number from their vendor, from the mill, or just make it up.

Unless you're dealing with a specialist denim seller, even relative weights may be meaningless. What one thinks is heavy is another's medium. Also, lots of denim is heavily sized, and feels much stiffer and heavier on the bolt than it will after it's washed. Get swatches or samples.
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Date: 2/20/13 10:00 PM

when your looking for demin. look for bull demin that is a little bit heaver demin. you can get 10 oz, 12oz, 14oz here is some at vogue fabrics.vogue bull demin
have you check out your local fabric stores?
I like looking at the ben franklin stores if you have some around your area. I like to look at craft stores that have fabric. I like the mom and pop fabric stores.

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Date: 2/21/13 10:54 AM

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The weights fabric sellers quote are pretty meaningless.

So true! I finally figured that out when I compared some swatches. It sure makes it hard to buy without swatches. I did order swatches of what I thought "might" work and boy, oh boy were they ever different . It turned out (17 bucks later) that ZERO of them would work for what I wanted in a jean. I'm trying to take it all in stride and look at it as a learning curve.
Another thing for newbies to think about is the "finish" of the denim. Some were smooth and some rough. Some were a shiny finish and some not. The colors were way different than what appeared on the website. That could be due to monitor difference (so they say) but I suspect it's just a generic pic. All things to consider when making a decision about fabrics in general.

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Date: 2/21/13 10:58 AM

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look for bull demin that is a little bit heaver demin.

I thought I read someplace that "bull denim" contains no white thread?? (scratching head here)
All my jeans have white thread woven in which is what I'm looking for.

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Date: 2/21/13 11:33 AM

I don't buy extravagantly-priced denim, so anything that I'm not really fond of I can use for muslins.

The Metropolis denim that Fabric.com was selling had good reviews so I wasn't too worried about that. Typically if you buy from someone who is well known for having good fabric descriptions (GorgeousFabrics, Lura's), you don't need to be as picky about samples unless you are particular about color.

Just because my experience is different than your experience doesn't discount my recommendation.

From what I've read about making jeans, you're not going to really know how they behave until you make up a pair and wear them around for a few days anyway.

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Date: 2/21/13 2:08 PM

I am just finishing up a second pair of jeans and both are are made with denim from Mood. One is from Theory and the other Marc Jacobs. I like denim with minimal stretch, which both are. 1 or 2% though Mood doesn't usually give percentage but their description of the stretch is accurate. Not so at Fabric.com. I didn't like the denim from them, but I did buy about 15 yards on sale to make muslins. I read somewhere that it's best to make jeans muslins from real denim.
I should say that the pair I am wearing now has had a good 5 or 6 wearings and minimal stretching out, which to me is a very good denim.
The other place for good denim is emmaonesock.com, but Mood is much cheaper. I bought a really nice colored denim from eos which will be my next pair of jeans.

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