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    Default Re: Garment sewers help!! Fabric frustration

    Quote Originally Posted by Claire Hallman View Post
    No help here, just commiseration. I quit garment sewing when I could not find appropriate fabric. Maybe you might have luck googling T shirt fabric.
    Oh I googled..been googling....there is just SO MUCH information and it seems like it's all contradictory. I was so overwhelmed I came here because I've always had good luck with the forum peeps answering my stupid questions

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    Default Re: Garment sewers help!! Fabric frustration

    Quote Originally Posted by LauraP View Post
    Don't forget that if they are for you, you can make tank tops out of any cute quilting cotton. I don't think your hubby would like them for himself though.
    My issue with this is every pattern I look at is for knits. I didn't think you could use a cotton pattern with knits and vise versa. Am I wrong in this?

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    Default Re: Garment sewers help!! Fabric frustration

    The fit is completely different between wovens and knits. That's why shirts of woven fabric have buttons.

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    Default Re: Garment sewers help!! Fabric frustration

    Cotton Jersey is good for t-shirts too. That is probably most like the premade shirts you buy.

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    Default Re: Garment sewers help!! Fabric frustration

    You have to search at JoAnns, but they do have fabric suitable for t shirts. I was looking for a cotton knit for a costume a couple of weeks ago, and finally found the perfect fabric by searching, found many suitable t shirt knits in my search.

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    Default Re: Garment sewers help!! Fabric frustration

    Pardon my curiosity. Why would you want to take the time to make a tee shirt when they don't cost that much to buy ready-made?

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    Default Re: Garment sewers help!! Fabric frustration

    I’ve searched and probably touched every fabric in our JoAnns. Nothing says 100% cotton and feels like a T-shirt. I think that’s my whole problem. Nothing feels right.

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    Default Re: Garment sewers help!! Fabric frustration

    Quote Originally Posted by JCY View Post
    Pardon my curiosity. Why would you want to take the time to make a tee shirt when they don't cost that much to buy ready-made?
    I would like to make shirts that fit my husband and son. They are both tall and very thin. Long arms. Nothing fits right. Add broad shoulders to the kid...shirts just don’t fall right on him. And I can’t remember the last time neither had long sleeves rolled up.

    So, I decided to start with tees to get accustomed to making a t-shirt hoping to be able to graduate to a causal long sleeved shirt. And not gonna lie, I would love to make a shirt out of cute fabric for myself. Also, I loathe clothes shopping. Loathe. It.

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    Default Re: Garment sewers help!! Fabric frustration

    I sew a lot of garments, I honestly sew more garments than quilts.. and much of it knit. Knit fabrics are confusing, they come in different weaves, blends, and weights and if you don't know, you just don't know!!

    My favorite place for basic solid knits are Raspberry Creek and Purple Seamstress.

    A medium weight knit, like 9 oz. (which is its weight per square meter) will be closest to most tees that can be worn as tops without an undershirt under them, this is what I use for basic tees
    (I'm not sure if its appropriate to link a non-msqc shop here)

    Something in the 18-22 oz. range is better for winter long sleeve tees, and will have more structure. I use these heavier knits for more structured outer layers. For something super drapey I look for *light* or a bit of rayon

    so a medium weight (or around 9oz) that is either 100%cotton or a cotton/spandex blend is your best bet. The advantage of the spandex blend is that it can also be used for the neck band, if you go with a 100% cotton then you will need a ribbing for the collar.

    I can help you find some PDF patterns and sources if you need me to, but all that chaos is in my facebook world, which can easily overwhelm!!

    Oh- Jalie patterns might be a good place to start, they get rave reviews, though I've never tried them myself.

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    Default Re: Garment sewers help!! Fabric frustration

    Looking for some fantastic knits still? Try http://www.hawthornethreads.com/search/do_search I've purchased from them (not specifically knits) and love their fabrics. I would imagine that the quality of their knit fabric is equally impressive.
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