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what’s this fabric?

judi | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

While “outside” at Christmas I found an overblouse in ready to wear at a cotton ginny store (canada) that is made of gorgeous fabric. It looks and feels like ultra suede but much lighter. The label says its 100% polyester. I would love to buy some fabric, but don’t know the name. Can anyone help? I’d like to know both what it is and if it’s available from any fabric suppliers on the net.


  1. S._Roman | | #1

    This is probably a microfiber or a suaded poly. They have come out with a slew of different types of fabrics in just the last few months.

    1. janine | | #2

      *could anyone please tell me what crimpoline is? thank you

      1. Jenny_Chandler | | #3

        *What type of fiber is Tencil? I saw a dress made in this fabric. I can't find out what it is.

        1. judi_dean | | #4

          *Hi - it's tencel, and it's made from wood fibres. I've been checking it out at some internet fabric suppliers, but the price is still a tad to high for me to take a chance. Also, you may want to go to sewing world and do a search, seems to me it's been mentioned there occasionally. I gather that it's best blended with other fabrics. good luck.

          1. josie_whysall | | #5

            *You've probably already received a reply to "what a is 'crimpoline', but here goes! It was a name given to an early version of polyester. It usually had some sort of texture to it - (crimp) I remember it being a new fabric back in the 60s!

          2. josie_whysall | | #6

            *Tencel is available at Joann Fabrics and is not as expensive as I thought it would be.($7) It's made from wood pulp and mixed with other fabrics. I love it,it hangs beautifully and can be washed and put in the dryer. Does crease, but soon drops out .

          3. Barbara_Sargent | | #7

            *Still searching for source for muslin which will shrink in both directions. Want to try to make texture fabric (Ann Carl son article in last month's Threads). I've tried eight different muslins. Most don't shrink at all - only one I found shrunk 5% cross-grain and none lengthwise. [email protected]

          4. janine | | #8

            *Tencel is wonderful. I noticed someone referred to Joann having the fabrics. Be careful I've noticed many seconds at Joann sewing stores. There is a great source for fabric, (including tencel)with great prices and I've NEVER recieved a second. http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com I believe for $10.00 a year you can recieve swatches of the fabrics for sale. Worth the money and a great way to get your fingers on the newer fabrics out on the market. Hope this helps.Janine

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