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Am I the only one who doesn't love it?
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Date: 5/28/05 10:44 AM

I'm just curious if I'm the only one annoyed at all the lovely print wovens that have lyra in them.

My only favored use for this is sheath dresses because I can put less ease in the hips and therefore end up with a smaller shoulder/hip difference.

Here's my beef. The lyra substantially changes the nature of the fabric. It makes the fabric much more stiff. I personally don't like that. I've made blouses/tops with blouse weight woven lycra fabric and I just don't find it as comfortable as plain woven fabric.

Is it just my imagination or is it getting harder and harder to find nice garment grade cottons in cute prints that don't also have lycra in them. What gives? (pun intended.)

Is there anyone else who's not a fan of these fabrics?

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Date: 5/28/05 10:49 AM

I'll join you in this!!!! NAF (not a fan) here. The best I see, so far, for cotton or linen/lycra is jackets with high armscyes and tight sleeves. Linen with lycra pants are the pits!

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Date: 5/28/05 11:09 AM

Drsue -- you are not alone. I am not a fan of these either. Not only does it change the hand of the fabric but the fabric seems hotter in summer and pants seem to bag more at the knees. It is getting harder and harder to find quality cottons without lycra. I used to make most of my pants out of a high quality cotton gabardine. I've searched the entire internet looking for this stuff, and it is not to be had anywhere. For lighter weight cottons, my town had 2 high-end quilting shops (down to one now) that carry very high quality cottons, both solids and prints. I've bought several pieces from those shops for shirts and skirts. I've nearly emptied my stash of the fine cottons I used to be able to find so easily, so I've got to find new sources.

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Date: 5/28/05 11:09 AM

I like lycra in pants with heavyweight wovens, like corduroy, or brushed cotton twill. It gives a little extra ease and mobility, which is great when I am crawling around on the floor cutting out fabric.

I tried making some shirts out of cotton/lycra broadcloth, semi-fitted princess style, and ended up tossing them all. It was hard to sew the collar neatly, and the very stretchy fabric was weird and annoyed me. I bought a piece of tropical print c/l twill with a lot of stretch last week because I adored the print, but I'm not sure if it would be better as pants or a jacket. Even with lycra, I don't like close-fitting jackets much, so the pants might be a better bet...

I don't like lycra added to silk charmeuse, it makes it too stiff and weird. Charmeuse should be like butter.

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Date: 5/28/05 12:35 PM

I don't like them either for all the reasons posted above plus:

1) It's harder to iron. With a 100% cotton shirt, I just rev up the steam and go. I always worry about that much steam/heat with lycra.

2) It seems to me like the lycra blends catch dirt/fuzz more easily.

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Date: 5/28/05 2:10 PM

I must confess that I am in love with stretch wovens in all fiber combinations. My all time favorite is a double-faced wool/lycra which is just wonderful for pants. It can be machine washed in Eucalan, air dryed, touched-up with an iron, and then worn forever and still look great.

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Date: 5/28/05 2:44 PM

I'm a big proponent of stretch wovens. I find that if I pull them (the cotton/lycras) from the dryer as soon as the cycle finishes, that I don't get too many wrinkles.

Annie, do you carry the stretch wool at the store?

-Ann

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Date: 5/28/05 2:57 PM

I probably haven't had as much experience with the wovens with lycra as the rest of you, but so far I like them! I've made capris and skirts from the cute stretch poplin that Fabric.com featured recently and they wear well and were very easy to sew. I just finished several pairs of shorts using a cotton twill with lycra from Trim Fabrics that sewed up wonderfully and are so comfortable to wear and as Ann said, they come out of the dryer ready to go. I'm getting ready to make my first blouse from cotton with lycra so I'll be eager to see if I change my mind!

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Date: 5/28/05 3:09 PM

Double faced wool with lycra I just might learn to love...what's this? Do I detect a new-to-me fabric store? With a website and an owner willing to come share here? Yipeee!!! Hello, Apple Annie!

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Date: 5/28/05 3:19 PM

I'm a big-time fan of stretch wovens, but only those with just a smidge of Lycra. More than ~5% changes the hand way too much for my taste. Recently bought some stretch poplin with 10% lycra from FFC and it was horribly stiff and plastic-y.

Some of my favorite RTW pants are stretch wool/lycra from Ann Taylor. I bough some very similar fabric last winter from FFC (the fabric that was supposed to become those Vogue pants like yours, Susan).

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