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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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Date: 6/5/16 5:07 AM

I'm curious if you use a universal needle or a ball point needle for gabardine with lycra--I just tried an 80/12 ball point (brand new), and it made some unpleasant popping sounds going through my gabardine. Should I switch back to the universal?
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Date: 6/5/16 9:38 AM

Hi Stir,

I'm on my phone so will dispense with some punctuation.

I've got a few pair of 32% rayon 68% polyester pants and. they look great and wear well. but they get sticky on my legs not only from a slight sweat but also on a humid day. stains like from rubbing up against a dirty car or a drip of sonic mustard double cheeseburger don't lift without excessive voodoo . i have to press wear creases because they won't fall out in the dryer.

id recommend a partial athletic mesh lining for slide areas...top forward thigh. bum. rear elbow etc for active wear.

nice material though....

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Date: 6/5/16 10:23 AM

Hi Cass1dyt, you would probably get more responses starting a new topic to ask this question, but you weren't wrong to ask here. Just a tip.

At any rate - yes, switch back to the universal if the ball point is popping. Ball point needles are probably best used for knits that are more stretchy. Sometimes you have to experiment to see what needle will work best with a specific fabric. Universal needles are meant to work with both wovens and knit fabrics, so you can't go wrong with it.

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