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what’s this fabric?

judi | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

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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.

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  1. Martha_M. | | #1

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    Sounds like peachskin or one of the polyester microfibers. If you mail order, get samples first so you can make sure it's similiar to what you saw at the store.

    1. judi | | #2

      *one more question: what is tencel?

      1. Sue_Wilson | | #3

        *I just sewed a jacket using this type of fabric that I got at Fabricland (in the Toronto Area). It is a faux suede that is actually a knit. It's available in plain and stamped pattern. While it is a knit, it really has no stretch, so I'd use it on a pattern that asks for a woven. It sewed up really easily. Tencel is a fabric made from wood fibre. It's like cotton, but with a nicer hand and drape (a little like rayon). I have not yet seen it sold by the yard in the Toronto area.

        1. Angela_Battiste | | #4

          *What can be used to spot clean a greasy mark on ultra suede?

          1. Jeffery_Diduch | | #5

            *Most ultrasuede IS polyester, which is why it is washable. It now comes in many weights, but is generally veery expensive. Prices have come down a lot lately, but the last time I bought some, it was $100 canadian a meter (very high quality, though).About Tencel, it is a cousin of rayon, only leagues better. It has better wicking tendencies (for moisture and perspiration) and is much more comfortable to wear. It's still fairly new so it's a little pricy but I'm sure it will be everywhere soon.Spot cleaners that are safe for synthetic fabrics will work well on ultrasuede. If it's not that serious, do what I do with ultrasuede; chuck it in the laundry!

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