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Sweater bodies

Bengie | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Thirty five years ago, I was able to get “sweater bodies” to make sweaters.  Is this something that was phased out long ago?  Are they even made anymore??  If they are, where could I obtain these?  I remember that many of them were Jantzen rejects.

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  1. rjf | | #1

    Do you mean a partially knit sweater and you finish it?  How interesting.     rjf

    1. Bengie | | #2

      Yes.  It was a tube.  At the bottom was the edging ribbing.  And then you could also buy extra ribbing for the neck band.  (All reasonably priced.)  Typically, you would use 1, 2 or 3 tubes that you would purchase to make a sweater; or maybe a set:  a shell and sweater.  You might use one for the front, one for the back and another for the sleeves; depending on your size. 

      I used to purchase these in Topeka, Kansas years ago.   That company has since gone out of business.  However, I attended classes on the use of these for women's wear, men's wear and children's wear utilizing Kwik Sew patterns.  These tubes could work up quite rapidly and have an ensemble in no time at all.  The owners related that these were the excess production of ready to wear.  Specifically, I remember them speaking of Jantzen sports wear.  So, I'm wondering if these went the way of exports.  Is there a different way of production?  What happened to them, and is there still some way to secure them?

      These would wash and air dry beautifully.   Cost was reasonable.  Fit was appropriate, especially for those who needed alterations (for instance longer sleeves).  Often times, the store would also get in companion fabrics with their shipments that could make slacks or skirts. 

       

       

       

       

      1. Barbaran8 | | #3

        I've seen this tube fabric at the Jantzen seconds store, back in the early nineties - in Vancouver, Washington. I don't think the store is there anymore - too much of the garment industry has gone overseas.

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