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From: siwian
Date: 12-13-2003, 09:54 AM (1 of 7)
I need some help in choosing fabrics. My eldest dd has been selected to go Dog sledding and Cross country skiing in Minnisota next December. I have been looking at the prices of her necessary gear.:shock: I know that I can make some of the things she needs but am not sure about the fabrics. Is polar fleece polar fleece no matter where you buy it or are is it heavier in the areas where it is cold. We have polar fleece here at Joann's, Walmart and Hobby Lobby but it doesn't seem very thick. Maybe that is the idea? It keeps you warm but doesn't weigh you down.

Maybe someone can recommend a good source for these fabrics on line: polypropylene, Capilene, Mid to heavy weight synthetic fleece or wool ( that answers my question doesn't it? However, how do I know what weight it is? Is it listed on the end of the bolt?) and Gore-Tex.

Down, cotton and denim are not allowed.

Any help will be appreciated. I realize it is a long time away but I also know how fast that time will go. :whacky:

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From: lovemyfabric
Date: 12-13-2003, 11:06 AM (2 of 7)
I don't know a lot about outer wear fabric, but I noticed has some nice polar fleece and some other fabric that is supposed to be lightweight and warm and it helps keep the moisture away from your body. I think it has 4 -way stretch. Their prices are good too. sells fabric and patterns for outer wear. I haven't bought from them, but they seem to have some nice patterns.
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From: brendalou
Date: 12-13-2003, 09:10 PM (3 of 7)
Malden Mills. On-Line. Love that stuff!!!!!!!!
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From: MaryW
Date: 12-14-2003, 02:27 PM (4 of 7)
Have a look at this.
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From: Llantrisant
Date: 01-02-2004, 05:53 PM (5 of 7)
Polyporpolene isn't a good fabric to buy,because it has a plastic coating on the outer shell of the fabric,therefore if you needed to put it in a dryer,it would stick together in places,nor can you dry clean this type of fabric, as it would melt during the process.Hope this helps.
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 01-03-2004, 05:56 PM (6 of 7)
Polypropolene is probably recommended because it is windproof. If all you have is the fleece on , the wind will cut right thru it and chill you to the bone, I don't care how heavy the fleece is.. You will have to have something that is windproof in weather that cold.. :cool: :cool:
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From: kaykay
Date: 01-22-2004, 02:34 PM (7 of 7)
Hi ladies.

I'm looking into fleece types also, and if you can afford to wait for a pattern catalogue, try I've made Frostline kits years ago also, and I love all the buckles, doo dads and Professional-looking stuff that these patterns incorporate. Much better than the " Big 3" have to offer.

I think WindPro by Polar Tec is great-two sided fleece w/ a wind layer in between. Usually it's pretty wide, so helps on the $$p/yd

Or why not ask for a sample string of all their fleeces? That way you can see'em and feel what they're like??
That's (Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics)

This place usually has a sale flyer and very reasonable shipping.
I've ordered cordura and zippers on a roll, slides, all sorts of stuff here. If you need it for outdoor gear, they've got it.Gee, should I get a %??:bg:

Good luck

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