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Date: 2/28/13 2:44 PM

I've been looking through the sale gabardines at Denver Fabrics, and am seeing a lot of rayon/poly blends. I'm familiar with wool and wool blend gabs, but not 100% synthetic ones. What can you fabric gurus tell me about it? Does it look synthetic? Is it very washable and stain-resistant?

(I am also snatching up some of the rayon/wool blends, but am on the fence about the rayon/poly.)

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Date: 2/28/13 3:42 PM

Are they rayon/poly/lycra? If so, they are the beloved RPL that many people like to use for pants. It has just a bit of give and doesn't bag out like some fabrics with more lycra will. Some of it looks great -- like a wool blend -- and some has a bit of a sheen (not a p-lus in my estimation). Haven't used any from Denver Fabrics so no first hand experience here.

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Date: 2/28/13 3:51 PM

I was really just looking at the ones without Lycra, since the project I have it in mind for should not stretch at all. I know what RPL should look like, from RTW dress pants. But minus the Lycra, I'm sort of stumped.

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Some of it looks great -- like a wool blend -- and some has a bit of a sheen (not a plus in my estimation).


This is exactly the source of my hesitation. They also have some poly/wool gabs, but I'm not sure how they'll wash. I'm actually looking at this for muddy-day re-enactment garb. I don't mind having a little synthetic content, if it means increased washability--but it still has to LOOK right. (It's hard to get ground-in pawprints out of 100% wool.)

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Date: 2/28/13 5:32 PM

Ask for a sample!

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Date: 2/28/13 5:55 PM

I've sewn some RPLs into pants and they're very comfortable to wear because of the lycra. Often I need to make the pants a bit smaller because of the stretch, and it is real important to stabilize the crotch seam.

The RPLs I have used vary in their look. Some look like regular fabric. The ones I buy from Nancy Erickson have a sort of crepe look to them.

I notice that I often need to use my walking foot when I sew these fabrics, because of the lycra. It's like sewing a knit.

Definitely see about getting some samples. Rayon is a natural fiber and breathes. A lot of RPLs are really PRLs, but we here at PR generically call them RPLs.

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Date: 3/1/13 6:28 PM

Thanks, everyone! The price is too good; I think I'm going to have to pick some up just in case.

If they don't end up working for what I have in mind, what are some other projects I could make with it? I will never make myself a pair of trousers, so I don't need stash on hand for that!

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Date: 6/25/13 6:51 AM

I have not used any rayon/poly gabardine from Denver Fabrics, but my daughter is a nun and her order uses a grey rayon/poly gabardine for their habits. It washes well, is fairly wrinkle free, wears like iron, takes a pleat nicely, is breathable. The sisters work hard and have only two habits, they wear them every day and they wear them for several years.

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