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Message Board > Men Who Sew > cloth for mens clothes ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 4/12/13 0:07 AM

I have been going to joanns, and other stores in my area looking for cloth to make shirts and other things. The area that these stores have for cloth is about a foot and one half. Even the patterns from from simplicity, buttericks, mcalls suck. The stores say a lot of men come in. So what cloth are they buying? When I go to the register to check out, they ask me did you find everything. I ask why cant you have more cloth from men? no answer So where do you shop for your cloth?

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Date: 4/12/13 9:54 AM

I go to a small local fabric store for shirting, bamboo cotton for men's shirts & boxers. I do not make any of DH pants or T shirts so not sure where to go for that. Also there are a few places online that have nice fabric ... hawianfabric.com I think is one, I got some nice flannel from Connectingthreads.com. This may sound odd but also a couple of fabric shops on Etsy have had very nice shirting fabric. Though online you cannot feel the fabric , is a drawback.
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Date: 4/12/13 3:06 PM

Fabricmart has good stuff at good prices, Michael's has phenomenal stuff (lots and lots of Tom Ford) but it is priced accordingly (they do 50-75% off sales two or three times per year), Gorgeous Fabrics has some good stuff. The links are in the Fabric Sources thread in Fabric forum.

ETA- the patterns available for men do suck. Burda has the best selection, and the drafting is good, but they don't draft for athletic guys- more for thick waisted, flat butted guys. Lekala has a lot of patterns for men, but you do have to print and assemble them, and the instructions are Google translated from Russian, sometimes.
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Date: 4/12/13 4:35 PM

What are you making and what fabrics do you prefer? Like most of us here, you will have to order online for greater prices and variety, so know the blend percentages you like. Most of us never find anything at the 2 most common, JoAnn's and Hancock's, altho Hancock's is changing/getting in some decent inexpensive fabrics in their Bargain lots for you to try--maybe an oxford type for a shirt?

I often order from Fabric.com, where you can always find a coupon by Googling, usually at least 15% off, which gives you a free fabric cut. Shipping is free over $35. Fast service within a few days, you can return anything, and they offer generous cuts, usually 1/4 yd and even 1/2 yard over. Try a shipment.
I make button-down shirts, pants, PJ's for my little 3-year old GS. I have found some fun "metro big guy" fabric for him there (his mom likes a little GQ guy, not that dinosaur stuff.)

If you need to practice, you can always re-purpose good brands from thrift stores. I find a lot of quality brand men's golf shirts in knits not found in stores, which can be re-cut for tanks or kids stuff.

We do have talented MEN on here who can help!
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Date: 4/12/13 6:39 PM

Sorry but I'm a little confused by what you mean by 'cloth for men'. A bolt of fabric (though geared towards females, because we're often crafty) doesn't necessarily dictate who should be wearing garments made out of it. Plenty o people online have made adult clothing out of kids bed sheets! Could you explain a little more why you're frustrated?

If you want solids, you can find lots in masculin colors. Blues, browns, greens, reds...even greys etc. Prints, okay, they can be difficult but I see lots of guys wearing rtw florals and paisley so there are possibilities. You've got a whole world of stripes too.

In terms of fabric types; guys can wear denim, jersey, shirting, twills, suitings (and all the wool blends that go with that), sweatshirting, chunky knits, flannels...

Just dig, be creative and you'll find some gems :)

Also, I came across these guys recently and they'll be launching their pattern line soon but could be useful for you. I'll be buying all their stuff. (Not affiliated, just like sewing nice things for the guys in my life) Thread theory designs
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Date: 4/13/13 12:38 PM

This Thread Theory Designs is a wonderful site, and I'm yearning for that first fleece pattern modeled by the dad. Thanks so much.

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Date: 4/13/13 5:21 PM

Thread theory.... oh that is very nice!

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Date: 4/13/13 7:19 PM

I've just added the Thread Theory site to my reader too - thanks for sharing.

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Date: 4/13/13 8:05 PM

I think I understand what you are asking about. True, the mainstream retail fabric stores stock and sell towards their largest audience. (It's not men.) There are only so many florals you can use. So you have to be creative.

Fabric= Limited at best in retail outlets. Web search for boutique stores. I go for discount fabric stores as I travel around. I've been very lucky buying Super120 wool for a few bucks a yard. You live in Florida, so a road trip may be needed to a major city. Search online. Or hit an online tailor store, like B Black and Son. Search on "tailor supplies" to find these male oriented storefronts.

Patterns=Go vintage. Voge has some men's patterns, Burda as well. But very limited. Searching Etsy or Ebay will find many more, but they won't be modern. For me, I started with a basic pattern, made a test (muslin) and then had fun modifying things. Some worked, some didn't. In essence, you can make your own patterns. It's not as hard as it sounds. Look at today's modern men's clothing, and you'll find some vintage pattern darn close to it. Everything old is new again.

Notions=That's why I hit Joanns and Hancocks. I get my notions there, and sometimes a rare bold of fabric.
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Date: 4/14/13 7:34 PM

If I was a guy, (but I'm not) and only had Joann's and Hancocks big chain fabric kind of stores next to me, and if I did not want to order off the internet and wanted it in my hand first, to actually feel it, I think I would just run over to Marshall's or Ross big chain clothing stores, go into the bed sheet sections and isles, and look at and and actually feel in my hand, a lot of the designer sheets that they they have there. Check out some of the Ralph Lauren ones and others. Some of the high count, all cotton ones would make some nice men's shirts, and I think equal in fabric to, some very expensive ones in the stores I think. also very wide fabric widths in it too. You might be able to get one out of some kind of designer twin or double flat sheet even, that instead of selling for $30 or more other places, or more expensive fabric only 34 inches wide on a bolt, was marked something more like $14.95 a bed sheet or such even.

So one more place to look for it maybe, fabric is just wherever you find it, and maybe not always on a bolt either.

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