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Date: 8/25/14 12:15 PM

I don't sew mens shirts but I'd like to find out if there is any nice shirting fabric which mimics the no-iron shirts (100% cotton) in the stores.

Any online source?

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Date: 8/25/14 12:45 PM

I've been told that the wrinkle free finish is added to RTW shirts after they are sewn. The only place I've found that claims to have a wrinkle-free shirting cotton is this company in Singapore, but due to the price and distance I haven't tried them. I hope I'm wrong and someone can tell us of a good source!

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Date: 8/25/14 1:06 PM

I've seen wrinkle free shirtings at Fabric Mart. I would also check with Michaels fine fabrics fabrics for shirtings.

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Date: 8/25/14 3:00 PM

I thought as much but I figured I should ask just in case someone has had any luck finding any nice fabrics for shirts which arent this high maintenance.

I just sent an email to Michael.

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Date: 8/25/14 8:37 PM

The wrinkle-free shirts are the ones I've been buying for John for 7 or 8 years. They are a snap to care for - but their life expectancy is minimal. Whatever they have to do to the fabric really weakens it, and in a year or so of use, the edges on collars, cuffs, etc split and fray. Don't get me wrong: I love them, but I am glad I haven't sunk my own time into making these shirts. When I buy them, I know that 50 wearings is the max he's going to get from each one, and that makes them kind of expensive. Worth it for those of us who despise ironing shirts, but definitely not cheap.

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Date: 8/25/14 9:46 PM

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The wrinkle-free shirts are the ones I've been buying for John for 7 or 8 years. They are a snap to care for - but their life expectancy is minimal. Whatever they have to do to the fabric really weakens it, and in a year or so of use, the edges on collars, cuffs, etc split and fray. Don't get me wrong: I love them, but I am glad I haven't sunk my own time into making these shirts. When I buy them, I know that 50 wearings is the max he's going to get from each one, and that makes them kind of expensive. Worth it for those of us who despise ironing shirts, but definitely not cheap.

Yep. They're dipped in or otherwise treated with a resin that links the cotton fibers together. That means the creases that are there when the fabric is plasti-dipped stay, the ones that aren't don't. That's why yardage isn't available: it's a construction step. It also makes the shirt substantially less breathable, and makes the edges (collars, cuffs, plackets, seams) more prone to wear.

Many makers take the opportunity to use inferior fabric, as well, probably because anyone who buys the things doesn't know what good cloth is like to begin with, or doesn't care.
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Date: 8/25/14 10:39 PM

And even though the ones I've bought are 100% cotton, they hold perspiration odor. I've decided to just get cotton/poly blends, which are less expensive and last longer while wrinkling just a bit more.

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