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 Sweatshirt Fabric
Anne Packrat
Posted: Jul 4 2005, 06:55 PM


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I like telling people I want to make costumes out of sweatshirt fabric... What is the real name for this though? What are the pros and cons to sewing it? Most of the work I've done was with flannel and fleece.


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apathyinspades
Posted: Jul 4 2005, 09:23 PM


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When I worked at Fabricland, this stuff was simply called sweatshirt knit, sportswear knit or heavy knit. I think that sweatshirt material is the most commonly understood way of referring to it though.
pros: looks very nice, is matte (a big plus, in my opinion), has a bit of body. cons: rolls at the edges, has to be sewn with stretch stitch, lvery limited colours, a bit heavy for certain applications and techniques (such as darts or gathering).
That would look really wierd, gathered sweatshirt knit. I can picture it now: sweatsuit Yuna, lol.
What are you thinking of making out of this stuff? Sounds interesting.
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Anne Packrat
Posted: Jul 5 2005, 02:33 AM


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QUOTE (apathyinspades @ Jul 5 2005, 02:23 AM)
When I worked at Fabricland, this stuff was simply called sweatshirt knit, sportswear knit or heavy knit. I think that sweatshirt material is the most commonly understood way of referring to it though.
pros: looks very nice, is matte (a big plus, in my opinion), has a bit of body. cons: rolls at the edges, has to be sewn with stretch stitch, lvery limited colours, a bit heavy for certain applications and techniques (such as darts or gathering).
That would look really wierd, gathered sweatshirt knit. I can picture it now: sweatsuit Yuna, lol.
What are you thinking of making out of this stuff? Sounds interesting.

Not sure. Up next is Leo from Scrapped Princess so maybe some of that.


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Xiola
Posted: Jul 5 2005, 02:39 PM


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ApathyinSpades: i worked at fabric stores too :D (fabricland and designer fabrics- do not reccomend DF particularly) i like the type of job but decided i can't work them anymore beacuse i collect WAY too much fabric and waste too much of my paycheque/floorspace XD did you have that problem?? X_X

:P yeah... sweatshirt knit is the most recognizable thing to call it, but i suppose if they wanted to be really technical they might have called it something like "fleece-backed jersey". and it usually comes in cotton or cotton/poly blends.

gathered sweatshirt fabric can be cute if it works with the 'look'; this girl's outfit is made from the doll-size equivalent of a sweatshirt fabric: http://www.evenstardesign.com/Iostrawtart1.jpg


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Beverly
Posted: Jul 5 2005, 07:04 PM


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I always hear stretch knits called 'jersey,' is that it? I'd be inclined to think that 'jersey' has something to do with the exact kind of knit it is (like satin vs brocade in wovens).

Knits are your friend! =D


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Maura
Posted: Jul 6 2005, 10:13 AM


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I don't think sweatshirt knit is the same as a jersey, but I have no idea why not.
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lainey
Posted: Aug 2 2005, 04:38 PM


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isn't cotton jersey like tank top and t-shirt material...?


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Xiola
Posted: Aug 2 2005, 08:40 PM


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i went and looked it up some more due to the apparent confusion, since i forgot the exact stuff from my Fabric Science class...

Jersey refers to a knit fabric made in a plain stockinette stitch; that is,
- can be any fibre (cotton, polyester, silk, etc).
- it's a one-sided knit (looks slightly different on both sides),
- there is no ribbing (except the usual tiny ridges formed by any knit),
- it is not a double-knit (double knit won't fray or run much, jersey will - jersey is will sometimes want to curl up at one side when you cut it, as that's a characteristic of stockinette stitch.)

- most sweatshirts/pants i have appear to be jersey with an extra layer somehow knit onto the reverse side of the fabric with the fuzzy-side-pile woven in that way. jersey also has a nice flat surface that is good for printing.

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davenjohn
Posted: Jan 12 2011, 12:42 AM


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I need a new hoodie this holiday season, so what should I get that is music related? can anyone plz help me to find out.. :rolleyes:


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